Pork Chops & Applesauce updated for today's tastes.

Fess up-  how many of you read that in Peter Brady imitating Humphry Bogarts voice?   I cannot say (or think) pork chops & applesauce in a normal voice.  It's simply not possible.  In case you are too young to remember or want a flashback, here's a clip:

Wanting something with a bit more zing, we came up with this recipe:  easy, delish and ready in about 30* minutes.  What more can you ask for.

Crispy Oven Baked Pork Chops with Panko Crust (serves 4)
4 pork loin chops (with or without bone)
1/2 cup of your fave honey mustard dressing / dipping sauce**
2/3 cup Panko breadcrumbs
Light tasting cooking spray - canola, vegetable, evoo, etc (a misto bottle is great for this since you know exactly what the quality of your oil is, but you can use Pam or the like as well).

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Spray baking sheet with cooking spray
Rinse chops & pat dry then coat in honey mustard sauce
Coat with Panko (we like to put Panko in large Ziploc bag and drop chops one at a time and shake til coated) then lay on prepared baking sheet
Bake for 25 - 45 minutes until pork is done -  the thicker the chops, the longer they take
If you prefer them to have a browner look, you can broil for a couple of minutes, but keep a careful eye on them as they can burn quickly if you don't

Sweet & Tangy Apple Sauce
4 med apples (about 2 cups when sliced or diced)
1 Tbsp butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1-2 Tbsp spicy brown mustard
1-3 Tbsp vinegar (apple cider, red or white wine or white will do, in the pic we used a pomegranate infused red wine vinegar

While chops are baking, core and chop apples, peeling first if desired - you can do them in thin slices, or chunks - we like to make uneven sized chunks because you will get different textures as the larger ones keep a bit of a bite and the smaller ones get almost mushy
Fry apples in butter over med-low heat til they have a texture you enjoy
As the apples are frying, make up the sauce in a small cup or bowl
Add sauce to apples and let simmer for a couple of minutes until the flavors marry

Serve apples on top of or alongside the chops for a real taste treat.  Delicious.

*May take longer if you have really thick chops.
**We used a bottled dressing we got for pennies with coupons and sales and added mayo and worcestershire sauce since it wasn't our favorite).  To make your own, use mayo, spicy brown mustard, honey and a dash or two of worcestershire sauce -  enough of each til it tastes good to you, it's very subjective- or if you aren't the wing it type, check here for myo recipes..

If you try it, please let us know how you like it.  Hope you enjoy.

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