Denmark is the country that eats the most apples in Europe. In fact, we eat 50 kg (100 lbs.) of apples a year. There are all kinds of apples, new and old, sweet and sour, that can be eaten without any kind of treatment. Then we have apples that are only used for cooking and baking. Apart from one or two months a year, we can have Danish apples most of the year. Recently, Danish farmer began to make apple cider and, of course, we both drink apple cider and cook with it. Here is a good recipe for grilled pork chops, leeks and apples.
Grilled Pork Chop with Leeks and Apples Serves 6
1 qt. apple cider
3 tbsp. kosher salt
6 corns of all spice
1 bay leaf
6 pork chops, all fat and bones removed
2 tbsp. butter
1 large leek, trimmed and washed thoroughly to remove grit, cut in thin rings
2 tbsp. heavy cream
2 apples, cut in wedges
2 tbsp. sugar
½ cup chicken stock
2 tbsp. Calvados (optional)
1 tsp. oil
To make the marinade, cook the cider with salt, all spice and bay leaf 5 minutes. Pour the marinade over the pork chops and place in the refrigerator over night.
To make the leaks, melt 1 tbsp. butter in a medium skillet over low heat, sauté leek rings 3-4 minutes. Add the cream and cook 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper.
To make the apples, melt the rest of the butter in another pan and sauté apples slices 5 minutes. Drys with sukker and sauté 2-3 minutes. Pour the chicken stock over and Calvados if using and cook 2 more minutes.
Warm the grill up.
To grill the pork chops, remove them from the marinade and grill them 3-4 minutes. Turn them over and grill 3-4 minutes longer depending on how thick they are.
To serve, arrange the leek mixture on a platter and place apple slices around the pork chops.
Suggested accompaniments: boiled new potatoes.