Sunday, March 4, 2012

Maple-Sage Pork Chops with Crock Pot Apples & Sweet Potatoes

Though we have started to come down with spring fever, it was still a bit chilly around these parts today. It was the kind of Sunday that called out for a comforting finish, particularly since both kids take a late afternoon soccer class that leaves them ravenous.

I kicked things off by whipping up a sweet and easy crock pot side dish. Rather than make the applesauce I originally intended, I instead experimented with some diced sweet potato. The kids both *loved* this; the girl had seconds and got a spoon just to slurp up the extra syrup from her plate.

Crock Pot Apples & Sweet Potatoes

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
4 medium apples, peeled and diced
1 tsp. Penzey's Apple Pie spice (or 1 total tsp. cinnamon & nutmeg)
2 tbs. melted butter or coconut oil
2 tbs. palm sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
salt & pepper
large handful raw walnuts or pecans

Place sweet potatoes and apples in crock pot. Top with all other ingredients except for nuts, stirring to thoroughly combine. Heat on low for 5 hours, adding nuts during last half hour. Taste for seasoning.

I had picked up some bone-in pork chops on special at Whole Foods this week. I haven't made chops in a while, as my kids aren't wild about big chunks of meat. These were worth it though, as they were very tender and delicious. I used this recipe, which appealed as I love the taste of sage with pork.

browned butter & sage... yum!

My chops were on the large side, so if I made this again I might double the sauce. Other than that, though, it was delicious and went perfectly with the apple and sweet potato side.