Pork chop with stuffed baked apples, roasted shallots and boulangère potatoes

Meaty pork chops make a good alternative to a roast dinner if you’re only cooking for two. James serves his with baked apples and slow roasted potatoes.

Ingredients

For the boulangère potatoes
  • knob of butter, for greasing
  • 850g/1lb 14oz potatoes, peeled, sliced thinly
  • 400g/14oz onions, peeled, sliced thinly
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 450ml/16fl oz chicken stock
For the stuffed baked apples and roasted shallots
  • 25g/1oz raisins
  • 25g/1oz sultanas
  • 4 tbsp calvados
  • 50g/1¾oz demerara sugar
  • ¼ tsp ground mixed spice
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 25g/1oz blanched hazelnuts, crushed
  • 2 Bramley apples, peeled, cored and cut in half
  • 2 small banana shallots, left whole with skin on
  • oil, for drizzling
For the pork chop
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 pork chops
To serve
  • 100ml/3½fl oz pork jus or gravy
  • 2 tbsp chopped flatleaf parsley

Preparation method

  1. For the boulangère potatoes, preheat the oven to 170C/340F/Gas 3½ and butter a larger ovenproof dish.

  2. Mix the potato and onion slices together in a bowl and season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Transfer the mixture to the prepared dish and pour over the stock. Roast for 1-2 hours, or until the onions are soft and caramelised and the potatoes golden-brown.

  3. For the stuffed baked apples and roasted shallots, preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

  4. Place the raisins and sultanas in a bowl. Add two tablespoons of calvados and leave to soak for a few minutes.

  5. After soaking, add the sugar, mixed spice, cinnamon and blanched hazelnuts.

  6. Spoon the fruit mixture into the centre of the cored apples, pressing in to fill well then drizzle the rest of the calvados over the apples.

  7. Place the apples and shallots on a large piece of aluminium foil and drizzle with a little oil. Wrap the foil around the apples to create a parcel and bake for 20-30 minutes.

  8. For the pork chop, preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

  9. Heat a large frying pan and add the oil. Once hot, add the pork chops and cook on each side for 2-3 minutes, then transfer to the oven for 5-8 minutes, or until cooked to your liking.

  10. To serve, place a pork chop on each plate and serve with the baked apples, shallots and potatoes. Drizzle over the jus and sprinkle the flatleaf parsley.

James Martin Recipes from Saturday Kitchen

Less than 30 mins preparation time

Over 2 hours cooking time

Serves 2

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