New Year's Eve is the perfect time to try out new recipes and this one is a sure-fire hit! You can impress your guests with the delicious combination of sweet and hearty packed together in this single dish. Just be careful about your guest's allergies because this dish contains apples and that could turn your party from fun to terrifying. So make sure people know what you're serving.
A cute idea is to send out a dinner menu option list to your guests, have them check off what they would want and then head to the kitchen from there!
Pork Chops and Gingered Apples
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1 whole pork tenerloin (1 lb)
2 tsp olive oil
3 gala or fuji apples, cored
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp grated peeled fresh ginger
3/4 c bulgar
Grab yourself a small bowl and fill it with the coriander, 1/8 tsp cumin, salt and pepper. Push it to the side, this is your spice bowl. Now cut the pork crosswise into 1 1/2inch thick slices. Here comes the fun part. Squish the meat between your hands to flatten and bit and then rub it with the spices from your spice bowl.
Next heat oil in a skillet on medium high until hot. Then add the pork and cook on one side for 4 minutes or until golden. Turn pork over and cook an additional 4 minutes until barely pink in the center. Put your meat on a plate on the side.
In the meantime coarsely grate one apple and chop the remaining two apples, (any way you prefer, cubes, sliced etc.) it's your choice. Next, reduce the heat beneath the skillet to medium. Add your garlic and ginger, cook for 30 seconds then quickly add apples and remaining coriander and cumin.
Cook for another 2 minutes, stirring often. Add 1 cup of water and some salt, scraping up the browned bits. Cover and cook for 7 more minutes or until the apples are tender to the touch. Return the pork to your skillet and cook another 2 minutes.
I know, it seems like a alot, but I swear, you're almost done!
While you're letting all the ingredients cook together, take a large bowl and stir in bulgar and 1 1/2 cups of water. Microwave this mixture uncovered on high for about 10-12 minutes. Then you fluff with a fork and serve with your dish. Now Good Housekeeping had this dish sided with Swiss Chard but I'm more partial to Kale, but the beauty of cooking is it's your choice!
Now that all this cooking is over, sit back, relax and enjoy with your guests, remember this will be a night you won't forget.