Sometimes I find myself in a rut and googling recipes to help. This recipe was one of those moments. I am so excited to say that it turned out as amazing as it sounds and looks! The original recipe is for a pork loin, but we have adapted this recipe to fit the needs of a busy family and a crockpot.
Apple Ginger Pork “Chop” with Caramel Sauce
adapted from Food52, Loves Food Loves to Eat 11/16/09
4-5 thick pork chops
1 Tbsp olive oil or grapeseed oil
1 shallot, diced – half a small onion can be substituted
2 medium Gala or Honey Crisp Apples, chopped or 1 Crisp Red Apple and 1 Granny Smith
1 Tbsp finely diced fresh ginger
1/4 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup fresh apple cider + 1/4 cup reserved
1/2 cup sugar – DO NOT substitute for sucanat
1 tsp brown sugar
1/2 cup water
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp cider vinegar
1/4 gluten-free soy sauce – can use regular soy sauce
**If needed, line the crockpot with a bag.
Line the bottom of the crockpot with pork chops, salt and pepper.
In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add shallots, apples and ginger. Salt and pepper to taste. Saute until soft (approx. 5-8 minutes). Add chicken broth and 1/2 cup cider. Bring to a boil over medium heat, allow to boil for a minute or two, then remove from heat. Pour over pork chops and roll the pork chops in the mixture.
Turn on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. The pork chops are done with they reach 160*.
For the caramel sauce, heat the sugars, water, and 1/4 cup cider in a skillet over medium-low heat. Boil for about 5 minutes to dissolve the sugar and thicken the sauce. Whisk as needed. Remove from heat and add butter, vinegar and soy sauce. Stir until the butter is completely melted and incorporated. Transfer the sauce pan back to the stove, simmer for 3-4 minutes more and pour into a container for safe keeping.
When ready to eat, reheat the sauce for just a minute and drizzle over the pork chops. Don’t forget the delicious buttery apple mixture in the crockpot! Make sure to scoop out spoonfuls of the yummy goodness over the pork chops BEFORE you add the caramel sauce. Trust us, you won’t want it any other way!
Serves 4-6 people