Tuesday, June 19, 2018

One Pan Pork Chops with Bacon, Red Potatoes, Onion, and Apple

We love one pan meals in our house. With a tiny kitchen and busy schedules - seriously, how can two people and a kid be this busy? - sometimes dinner is the last thing we want to fuss over. Especially in the summer, we tend to save big baking projects or complicated meals for weekend.

This one pan meal is perfect when you have enough time to chop some stuff, but don't want to stand in front of the stove. Chopping to eating takes about 45 minutes, and it's easy to change up for whatever you have in your pantry.

One Pan Pork Chops
serves 4

4 bone in pork chops
6-8 small red potatoes, diced
1/2 white or yellow onion, sliced into half moons
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small apple (like a honeycrisp or gala), diced
6 slices bacon
2 handfuls of spinach
Olive oil
Kosher salt
Smoked paprika
Black pepper
Crushed red pepper
Fennel seed

Pre-heat oven to 425F with the rack in the middle position. Place potatoes, onion, garlic, apple, and bacon on a sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil, then season to taste. Toss everything so all ingredients are coated with olive oil - this will help keep everything from sticking. 

Make 4 spaces and place the pork chops on the pan. Season on both sides and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 15 minutes, stir everything around, flip pork chops, and bake for another 15. If your pork chops are very thick or very thin, cooking time may vary. 

When done, take the pan out of the oven and turn the broiler on. In our oven, you move the rack to the top of the oven, but do whatever your oven requires. With the broiler on high, broil the entire pan for 3-5 minutes, keeping an eye on it. 

Remove from over and place spinach over the top. Rest for 2-3 minutes and then toss the spinach to wilt, then enjoy!

This is a great meal that can be modified to suit your tastes and what you have in your fridge and pantry, plus it can easily be made Whole 30 and gluten-free. We enjoyed with a glass a couple of glasses of Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc from Wine Market for a nice, light summer meal with barely any work!

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