Dorm Rat Cooking: A Fall Dish with a History

So, last week, I thought I’d try something with apples and leeks with pork in rosemary and red wine. Sounds great, right?

Well, that dish on top was what I did. I asked The Prince how he liked it and he shrugged. Since I’m making these meals at least in part because I want to post articles on my blog about them, I asked him what was wrong. His comment, “The pasta is okay and all, but you know that apples, onions and sweet potato dish you do in the Fall? I think that’s what this dish is really calling for.”

He was right.

The dish I do every fall? I slice apples, sweet potatoes, and onions, layer them in a dish with a bit of butter on top, cover, and bake. Delicious, and if you have an oven, I encourage you to try it. A friend of mine back over a decade ago brought it to a family meal once, and it really is very, very good.

Using The Prince’s inspiration, I adapted this to a one-skillet meal you’ll be sure to love. The pasta version is okay. The sweet potato version is All That’s Good About Fall is and like angels singing.

Equipment you’ll need:

  • Deep Skillet with a cover.
  • A source of heat that’s reliably even
  • A sharp knife
  • A Cutting board

Pork Chops Graced with Autumn Goodness

  • 1 pork chop for each person you’re serving. They should be reasonably thick.
  • 1 Medium apple, diced. I prefer the tartness of a Granny Smith to contrast with the sweetness of the sweet potato, but a firm, sweet apple would also be okay.
  • 2 cups sliced leeks
  • 2 cups sweet potato, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 3 T olive oil
  • ¼ c red wine
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary, or 2 T ground rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Heat olive oil in a pan on medium. Add sweet potatoes and cook ~10 minutes, covered.

They should start to be softer around the edges but still firm. Add leeks and apple with rosemary and cook another 5-7 minutes covered until leeks become tender.

Add red wine and pork chops, sprinkling with salt and pepper. Cook about 3 minutes on a side until cooked through.

Serve.

(The Prince insists that I must add the caution that one should not count on leftovers)

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