Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Pork Steaks with Spicy Apples


2 tsp olive oil
4 red apples (such as royal gala or pink lady), cored, quartered, thinly sliced
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch cayenne pepper
4 tsp brown sugar
4 pork chops or pork steaks
1 broccolini or green beans to serve

  1. Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add the apple and cook, turning occasionally, for 3-4 minutes or until golden. Add the cumin, cinnamon and cayenne pepper, turn apple to coat. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 2-3 minutes or until apple is just tender. Sprinkle over the sugar and stir until sugar melts. Transfer the apples to a plate.
  2. If required, heat another 2 tsp oil in the pan, season the pork steaks then add to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes each side or until cooked through. Move the steaks to one side of the pan and add the apple mixture. Cook for 1 minute or until heated through.
  3. Cook the broccolini or beans in a large saucepan of salted boiling water for 2 minutes or until bright green and tender crisp. Drain well.
  4. Place a pork steak on top. Spoon over the apples and serve with the broccolini or beans.
Notes & Tips

For a milder dish, omit the cumin and cayenne pepper from the apple.

Cumin & cinnamon pears with pork: Replace the apples with 2 beurre bosc pears, halved, cored, cut into wedges.

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