By Paul Briand
I normally shop for groceries on Monday, so Monday morning I organizemy shopping list around the meals I plan to cook for the week.
Some weeks, however, I’m completely unprepared. I go to the store, literally, with a blank slate (in this case an empty shopping list).
So I get to the store hoping that something will inspire me.
This week it was one of the aptly named “Recipe Inspirations” from McCormick Spices.
I’ve written about these before:
The packet includes a step-by-step recipe for a particular dish -- in this case Apple & Sage Pork Chops -- and provides the right dosage of each spice to accompany the dish.
Of course, if you have the spices already in your pantry you don’t need to buy the product, but I was grateful for the idea so I bought it as a way to say thanks.
1 package McCormick Recipe Inspirations Apple and Sage Pork Chops, which includes:
1 ½ teaspoons rubbed sage
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon thyme
½ teaspoon ground allspice
½ teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon salt
4 boneless pork chops, 1-inch thick (about 1 1/4 pounds)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 red apples, thinly sliced
1/2 cup apple juice
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1. Mix flour, all of the spices and salt in small bowl;
2. Sprinkle both sides of pork chops with 1 tablespoon of the seasoned flour;
3. Heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add pork chops; brown on both sides. Remove from skillet;
4. Add onion; cook and stir 3 minutes or until tender. Add apples; cook and stir 2 minutes.
5. Stir in juice, sugar and remaining seasoned flour until well mixed;
6. Return pork chops to skillet. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 5 minutes or until desired doneness.