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Smothered Southern Pork Chop with Sage, Apple and Pecan Sauce

Smothered Southern Pork Chop with Sage, Apple and Pecan Sauce


½ cup flour
1 Tbsp.
1 Tbsp.
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp.
onion powder
1 Tbsp.
cayenne pepper
2 cups vegetable oil
6 IBP Boneless Center-Cut Pork Chops, 6 oz. each
¼ cup sage, chopped
2 medium Red Delicious apples, peeled and sliced thin
½ cup pecans
4 cloves garlic, chopped
6 cups
chicken stock
¼ cup
balsamic vinegar
3 Tbsp. butter
3 cups
collard greens, chopped
¼ cup
red wine vinegar
medium sweet potatoes

1. Place flour in pan.

2. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper; mix thoroughly.

3. Heat ½ cup vegetable oil in large frying pan.

4. Dredge pork chop in seasoned flour.

5. Fry until golden brown, 4 minutes per side.

6. Remove pork chops and keep warm.

7. Add apples, sage, pecans and half the garlic to pan; sauté for 2 minutes.

8. Add 3 cups of chicken stock and balsamic vinegar; bring to a boil.

9. Reduce sauce to a simmer and add pork chops to sauce and cook for 30 minutes.

10. Remove pork chops; reduce sauce by half and add butter until thick.

For Collard Greens:

1. Add 2 Tbsps. vegetable oil to pan; add remaining garlic; cook for 1 minute.

2. Add chopped collard greens, remaining chicken broth and red wine vinegar to pan.

3. Cook until tender, 8-10 minutes.

For Sweet Potatoes:

1. Peel sweet potatoes.

2. Slice potatoes to shoestring size on mandolin.

3. Heat remaining oil to 350°F; add potatoes and cook until golden.

To assemble:

1. Place ½ cup of collard greens on center of plate; put one pork chop on top.

2. Place ½ cup sweet potato fries on top of pork; drizzle 2 oz. of sauce onto plate.

Recipe: Tony Almeida, Director of Food and Nutrition and Sam Malek, Executive Chef, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ. Photo: HFM

To read more about Sam Malek, see this month's Guest Chef.

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