Pork Chops & Applesauce with Blackberries

"Pork chops and applesauce is a classic dish made better with the addition of plump, juicy, blackberries. This recipe uses easy to find Oregon blackberries straight from the freezer."

Renee Nicole's Kitchen


Blackberry Applesauce – 1.5 lbs apples, 4 - 5 apples – 1 1/2 cups frozen Oregon blackberries – 1 1/2 tsp fresh ginger root – 1 1/2 tsp orange zest – 2 tbsp honey* – 1 sprig fresh rosemary Pork Chops – 4 1" thick bone-in pork chops – 2 tbsp olive oil – 2 tsp fresh ginger root – 2 tsp orange zest – 1/2 tsp kosher salt – 1/2 tsp ground black pepper



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Pork Chops & Applesauce with Blackberries

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.


1. Peel and chop apples into 1/2" chunks. Zest orange and mince or grate ginger. Combine apples, blackberries, ginger, and orange zest. Toss to combine. Pour into an 9" x 5" pan. Add in the rosemary sprig and drizzle the honey on top.

Blackberry Applesauce

2. Place applesauce in the hot oven and roast for 45 minutes to an hour, pulling it out every 15 minutes to stir. Be careful not to break up the rosemary when stirring.

Blackberry Applesauce

3. When the fruit is soft, remove it from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Carefully remove the rosemary spring, then use a potato masher or fork to mash the applesauce. If you prefer a smoother sauce, run it through a food mill or press it through a sieve.

Blackberry Applesauce

1. While the applesauce bakes prepare the pork chops. Pat the pork chops dry. Zest the orange. Mince or grate the ginger. In a small bowl combine together the olive oil, orange zest, ginger, salt, and pepper. Diving the rub into 4 equal parts and rub evenly over each pork chop.

Pork Chops

2. When the applesauce has 15 minutes left, preheat a 10 or 12 inch skillet over a medium high flame. Once hot, sear the pork chops for about 60 - 90 seconds per side. To avoid crowding the pan, sear the chops two at a time. Once seared, set aside until the apple sauce comes out.

Pork Chops

3. When the applesauce comes out of the oven, place all 4 pork chops in the skillet together an roast until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees, approximately 7 - 10 minutes. Allow pork chops to rest 3 minutes before serving.

Pork Chops

1. Plate each pork chop with 1/3 - 1/2 cup of applesauce. Serve while the pork chops are hot and the applesauce is still warm.


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