Sunday, April 21, 2013

Pork Chops with Strawberry Salsa and Yam Fries

Alex and I have been on a roll coming up with excuses to use fruit in a savory way. Yesterday we got some pork chops form Prather Ranch at the Grand Lake Farmers Market, and this is what we ended up making...

All good things begin with sauteed onions and garlic!

Onions and garlic we removed from the pan to make way for the chops! We seared these until they were well browned or even slightly blackened in a few places.

We made a sauce in the bottom of a baking dish with a big drizzle of molasses (maybe a Tbsp?) and about a 1/4cup or so of apple cider vinegar. This is where the sauteed onions and garlic went to make room for the pork chops in the pan. Then when the pork chops were thoroughly seared, they too were moved to the baking dish.

Then the pan where the onions, garlic, and pork had been was deglazed with some water, once the pan was deglazed, the liquid was also poured into the baking dish. Chopped carrots and half a diced apple were also added to the baking dish...

Then it was wrapped in foil in put in a 350F oven with the yam fries.

To make the sweet potato fries, we simply sliced some yams, tossed them with Portuguese olive oil, salt, and spread them out on a baking sheet.


When baking fries, they need to be stirred/flipped to ensure even cooking.


While everything was in the oven, I made a strawberry salsa:

1/2 pint of strawberries, diced
1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped
1/2 bunch of green onions, thinly sliced.
1/4 Fugi apple, diced
juice from half of a tiny lemon (maybe a tsp of juice)
pinch salt

This turned out to be kind of a ridiculous amount of food, but it was soooo delicious!

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