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Apples, pork and hot buttered noodles: Dishes' autumn ingredients meld tart, sweet flavorings

Brandied apple pork with hot buttered egg noodles comes together in 30 minutes or less.TNS
Brandied apple pork with hot buttered egg noodles comes together in 30 minutes or less.TNS TNS

Bobbing for apples was one of my children's favorite Halloween party games. Hence, I think of cooking with apples at this time of year. Here I have caramelized them in a brandy sauce for pork chops and noodles.

Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples hold their shape when cooked. I prefer the tart Granny Smith for this recipe, but either one will do.

Use either boneless or butterflied boneless pork chops for this recipe. The chops should be about 1 inch thick. If you use thinner ones, shorten the cooking time.

Helpful hints

The alcohol from the brandy is cooked off in this recipe. If you prefer, omit the brandy and add 1/2 cup more apple juice.

The noodles will stay moist with less fat if you leave a little of the cooking water on them.

BRANDIED APPLES AND PORK

1/2 medium-size Granny Smith or other tart apple

3/4 pound boneless pork chops

2 teaspoons butter

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 teaspoons cornstarch

1 cup apple juice (divided use)

1 tablespoon brown sugar

2 tablespoons brandy

Wash and core apple. Slice them and, cut the slices into 1-inch pieces. Remove visible fat from pork. Heat a medium-size nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Brown chops on both sides, about 2 minutes. Remove from skillet, lightly salt and pepper the browned chops and set aside.

Mix cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of the apple juice. Reduce heat to medium; add apples and sugar to the skillet. As soon as sugar melts, add brandy and cook one minute. Pour the remaining apple juice into the pan and add the pork. Cook 2 minutes. A meat thermometer should read 145 degrees. Add the cornstarch mixture and cook until sauce is thick, about 1 minute. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve pork with apples and sauce spooned on top. Makes 2 servings.

Per serving: 395 calories (24 percent from fat), 10.4 g fat (4.3 g saturated, 3.4 g monounsaturated), 130 mg cholesterol, 37.7 g protein, 27.5 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 142 mg sodium.

HOT BUTTERED EGG NOODLES

1/4 pound wide egg noodles

2 teaspoons butter

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the noodles. Boil 10 minutes or until tender but firm. Drain and toss in a bowl with butter and parsley. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve on individual plates. Place a pork chop in the center of the noodles and spoon the apples and sauce over each one. Makes 2 servings.

Per serving: 254 calories (23 percent from fat), 6.4 g fat (3.1 g saturated, 1.8 g monounsaturated), 58 mg cholesterol, 8.2 g protein, 40.9 g carbohydrates, 2.0 g fiber, 53 mg sodium.

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