Have you ever had pork chops and apple sauce? It's a classic combo for a reason. They go great together. Pork and sweetness go hand in hand. My Mama never made pork chops and apple sauce, but she always served honey with pork chops. If you've never tried it, you must. It is absolutely delicious!
That was sort of the inspiration for this meal, but it has a bit of an Asian twist. The side dish of sweet potatoes is decidedly southern. So, let's call this Down-home Asian fusion. (wink)
PINEAPPLE TERIYAKI PORK CHOPS
4 pork loin chops, about 1 inch thick (with the bone - more flavor)
1/2 of a (20oz) can of crushed pineapple
1 TBS brown sugar
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground ginger (or 1 TBS minced fresh ginger)
1/3 cup soy sauce
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Season pork with salt and pepper and place in a 9x13 baking dish (sprayed with cooking spray). Mix remaining ingredients together in a large measuring cup and pour over chops. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake 5-10 minutes more.
These were so tender and sweet! Delicious.
To go with it I made something my Maw Maw Ida used to make. Only, I didn't know she made this dish until I was telling my Mama about it and she said, "That was your Maw Maw Ida's favorite! She made it all the time." What a joy to find out she loved this dish as much as I do. I think food is a wonderful way to remember those who aren't with us anymore. This one's for you, Maw Maw Ida:
OLD FASHIONED SWEET POTATOES
Bake sweet potatoes in a 400 degree oven until just soft (not too soft - just fork tender). Let them cool a little then peel them. Slice them into 1/2 inch thick slices. Put some butter into a skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Place slices into the skillet and fry on both sides until golden. Remove to a serving platter and sprinkle with sugar.
Very simple, but so good! As a variation, you can sprinkle them with brown sugar and cinnamon. Yum!
So, give these recipes a try and have a little sugar with your supper!