Tasty Tuesday: Cider-Glazed Pork Chops & Sweet-Roasted Rosemary Acorn Squash Wedges

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Anyone else loving Fall cooking? These two recipes are ones that I found last year at this time, and just loved. I was so glad I came across them again to enjoy this year.

I am loving all things squash, and Rick's parents gave us an acorn squash a couple of weeks ago when they visited. The first thing I thought when I saw it was that I just knew that I needed to try and make Sweet-Roasted Rosemary Acorn Squash Wedges again. This is a Pioneer Woman recipe, so of course it can't go wrong right?!? The sweet buttery/brown sugary glazed sauce, with just the hint of rosemary is a great combination with the acorn squash. It's just a nice warm comfort food that you can enjoy once the evenings start getting brisk because of the Fall weather.

I also had some pork chops in the freezer and I wanted something to compliment the acorn squash. I came across a Cooking Light recipe for Cider-Glazed Chicken. I ended up using the pork chops instead and doubling the cider glaze just to have extra glaze to drizzle over the pork and keep it moist. I am so glad I did because the extra sauce was great also drizzled over some brown rice...yum!

This meal just yelled Fall and it was also great as left-overs the next day. Definitly something I will probably try again and keep trying for years to come.

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Cider-Glazed Porkchops
Makes 4 servings
Inspired by Cooking Light

Ingredients:
  • 1-2 tablespoons cooking oil or butter
  • 4 pork chops
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup refrigerated apple cider
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

Directions:

Place oil or butter in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle pork chops with salt and pepper and then add to pan. Cook pork chops for 3-4 minutes on each side or until done (maybe longer if your cuts are thicker). Remove from pan. Add cider and mustard to pan, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Cook 3-5 minutes or until syrupy. Add pork chops to pan, turning to coat. Serve over brown rice, including some of the glaze over your pork chops and rice.

Sweet-Roasted Rosemary Acorn Squash Wedges
Serves 3 - 4
Inspired by Pioneer Woman

Ingredients:
  • 1 whole acorn squash, cut into 8 wedges
  • A couple of dashes olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (lightly packed)
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary (minced) (or you could substitue a couple of shakes of dried rosemary

Directions:

Place wedges in a baking dish and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle lightly with salt, then roast in a 350-degree oven for 20 minutes. While they are baking, combine butter, brown sugar, salt, and rosemary in a bowl and mix into a paste.

Remove squash from oven and smear paste all over squash. Return to the oven for 30 minutes, until brown and caramelized. Halfway through roasting, your paste will have become a sauce. Brush sauce over the top of the squash and then continue roasting until time is complete.

So what are you cooking up this Fall?

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