Hi all, long time no write! Last night, my girlfriend and I created a hearty (and healthy!) dinner that’s perfect now that the weather’s getting a little cooler. I present to you grilled pork chops with caramelized apple and fennel and a emerald salad. The salty pork chops were a great match for the sweet and acidic apple and fennel. Emerald salad is a variety of roasted greens topped with lemon, feta and almonds.

The recipe was one of the best and easiest we’ve done!

Broken down by recipe, here’s what to do:

Grilled Pork Chops (serves 4 – or two with leftovers)
What you need:

  • 2 bone-in thick cut pork chops
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Grill pan or grill

What to do:

I hate seeing people overthink grilling meat. Leave the fancy stuff for the sides. Sprinkle both sides of the pork with salt and black pepper. Heat the grill or grill pan to medium heat. When it’s sizzling hot, put the pork on the grill. Cook for 6-8 minutes and then flip and repeat. DON’T POKE AND PROD AT IT (can you tell I’m serious?).

Caramelized Apple and Fennel:
What you need:

  • 1 leek, chopped (white and light green part only)
  • 1 Fuji apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 fennel bulb, cored and chopped
  • 8 small sage leaves, chopped
  • 2 T butter
  • 1/8 cup apple cider
  • Salt and Pepper

What to do:

Add the butter to a pan on medium heat, once melted add the leek and a little salt and pepper. Saute for a couple minutes and add the apple and fennel. Saute for a couple more minutes then add the apple cider and cover. Once the cider is evaporated add the sage and saute for another minute or so (until the sage is fragrant). Add on top of pork chops.

Emerald Salad – The linked recipe includes better instructions and prettier pictures than I’d ever create. I will, however, suggest sprinkling a little red pepper flake on the finished product to give it an extra layer of flavor.

Start to finish, this dinner took well under an hour including prep time. We served it with a dry white Spanish wine and I can’t wait to have the rest of my portion for dinner tonight!