- 2 lbs boneless pork loin or rib chops
- 4 strips bacon, chopped
- 1 cup yellow or red onion, chopped
- 1 tsp salt, pepper, nutmeg to taste
- 1 1/2 cups peeled, cored, sliced apples
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar, to taste based on how sweet your apples are
- 1/4 lb butter
- 2/3 cup ale or cider, malty ales are ideal
- 1 Tbsp brandy or marsala (optional)
- Cube pork (loin) and put a layer of it or two chops in the bottom of a heavy roasting pan just large enough to fit the meat.
- Mix the bacon, onion, and spices; scatter a thin layer of these over the meat.
- Do the same with some apple slices, followed by a light dusting of sugar
- Repeat these layers until you have used up the ingredients.
- Dot the top layer with butter and pour on the ale or cider.
- Bake covered at 425° for about 30 minutes, then lower oven heat to 325° and continue cooking until the meat is very tender.
- Reduce the liquid to intensify its flavor (optional); add a spoonful of butter or heavy cream to make it silky before serving. A small spoonful of brandy, marsala, or port is lovely, too.
You can cook this in an iron skillet on top of the stove; cover the skillet and use your simmer burner.
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