4.13.2011

Bacon-Wrapped Chops and Apples

We usually do a big Costco trip every month. I always get our meat at Costco, as it is WAY better {and more affordable} than the grocery store. I usually buy big batches of chicken breast, pork steaks, and tri-tip. When we get home, I separate it all into individual freezer bags {I also do this with the fruit after I wash it all}, which makes it easy for me to just pull out what I need from the freezer. I think we eat more chicken breast than anything else. I don't have the time {or money} to try a new recipe every night, but I always do something different. Like I have said before, I will usually just go into the kitchen and work with whatever we have on hand. This is good, in the fact that it lets me be creative with our meals. However, since I don't follow a recipe and just kind of eye-ball everything, it makes it a little hard to post the recipe here. I always try my best though, to compile a recipe for you, even if it is not exact. Tonight is no different.

We had the pork steaks in the refrigerator and I wanted to do something with the apples. The sauce I made was pretty awesome. Jon loved it so much {as with most of my sauces, ha!} that he was practically drinking it straight from the bowl. I pride myself on my sauces. I have always wanted to make, bottle, and sell my own sauces. I still plan on doing this someday! This was my first time experimenting with this kind of sauce. As soon as I perfect it, I will post a recipe for it. For the time being, it works perfectly with this dish. Any time I cook any kind of meat, I always use moist AND dry heat cooking methods. Whether I am frying meat in the pan, or cooking it in the oven, my meat is always at least halfway immersed in some kind of liquid {the kind of liquid always depends on the dish I am making}. For me, this helps it to stay moist and juicy. I know everyone has their own way of cooking meat. For me this works, as I hardly EVER have a problem with dry meat. By the way, there is no better smell than that of sauteed onion! Mmmmm...so here we go...

Bacon-Wrapped Pork and Apples
Prep: 15 min. ~ Cook: 30 min. ~ Total: 45 min. ~ Serves: 4

Ingredients:
1/2 of a small onion, sliced
2 small apples, peeled and sliced
3 cups apple juice
1 cup white wine
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
4 Tablespoons butter
4 slices of bacon, uncooked
4 pork steaks
1 teaspoon olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Pour apple juice and white wine  into a pot on medium heat. Let reduce down to about 2 cups and add butter. Whisk in brown sugar. Turn heat to low and let simmer.



Add oil to frying pan. Saute onion on high heat until golden brown. Add onion to apple juice mixture and continue to let simmer.



Place pork steaks in frying pan {pan should still be hot from sauteing the onion} and sear both sides on high heat, for about 1-2 minutes per side. Remove from pan and set aside. Take the uncooked bacon and wrap one slice around each pork steak {toothpicks can help hold the bacon in place, but I didn't use anything}.




Place the bacon-wrapped steaks into a casserole dish. Top with apple slices. Add the apple juice and white wine mixture to cover steaks {steaks should be about halfway immersed in liquid}. Cover and place in the oven. Cook about 30 min or until pork is cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees.



 I served mine with french green beans and jasmine rice {a favorite in our house}!

 Cooked to perfection...



~xoxo~

9 comments:

  1. Oh wow! That looks so yummy!!! You are so clever :0)
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  2. this looks like a great spring recipe!!

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  3. Oh that looks delicious! I am sure my family would love this.

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  7. Wow, that looks really yummy! I am a meatlover. :D And I absolutely love bacon.

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  8. Those caramelized apples spoke to my heart! It looks absolutely delicious!

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  9. All of your recipes look delicious! I pinned this one too. :)

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