Once upon a time, (don't you just love that?), back in California days,... there was this little restaurant. They were the upscale restaurant in this small town. We loved to go in for special occasions. Any way, as a daily special they created a baked pork chop with a apple bacon chutney served on a bed of garlic mashed potatoes. Turned into my favorite thing to order, when I could go.
This is my version. i omitted the raisins for a more savory flavor.
6 1″ thick pork chops
2 Tbsp lard
2 medium baking apples (Gala and York are our favorites), peeled, cored and diced
10 strips of bacon, diced
1 red onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minces
4 fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
1/4 tsp paprika
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1. In a medium pan (we recommend a cast iron skillet or dutch oven), melt lard over medium-high heat
2. Cook apples, bacon and onion until onion is softened and bacon is crispy, about 8 minutes
3. Add garlic, sage, paprika and lemon juice and toss for 2 minutes
4. .Remove from heat, transfer to bowl and set-aside
5. Salt and pepper each side of pork chop,
6. Place pork chops into the hot pan to sear on each side, cook each side of the chops for 5 minutes in hot pan over medium-high heat
7. Transfer pan/dutch oven to 350 degree oven and bake uncovered for 25 minutes, spoon the apple/bacon mixture over the chops and continue baking for 10 minutes or until hot and pork juices are clear.