Saturday, October 6, 2012

Apple & Sage Pork Chops


Do you ever have one of those weeks where you and your family just can't decide what to have for supper for the coming week?  You're sitting there at your table, trying to come up with a list of dinner ideas, so you can go to the grocery store to pick up what you need and all you are hearing from your family is, "I don't know".
And you are thinking about your usual rotation of meals and nothing is really sounding great.
And then you realize that you might be in a bit of a cooking rut and at this point you want
 something new and not just the same ole thing.
Yep, that's what you need. Something new but easy and tasty.
 
 Here you have nearly everything you need to make a new and tasty meal.
You've got all your spices all in one place and already pre-measured.
And McCormick provides you with a handy dandy recipe card on the back that easily 
detaches and tells you what other items you need to have to make this meal happen.
Maybe you are new to cooking or you just don't cook very often so you don't have a variety of spices in your pantry. This package takes care of all that for you. 
You add a lot of flavor with these spice combinations and it helps you easily make a meal that will really impress you and your family and maybe help you get out of that dinner rut.

Thanks to McCormick and Dailybuzz Food, I was recently able to get my hands on one of these Recipe Inspiration packets. The Apple & Sage Pork Chops to be specific.

Now, I'll be perfectly honest. I love to eat apples with pork.
But I usually eat them separate. I've made fried apples many times to eat with pork loin or pork chops.  But I've never actually combined the two for one dish.
So I eyed this packet a bit skeptically but I was up for the challenge.
I bought my pork chops and my apples and I was on my way.
Let's just say that as soon as I started opening those little seasoning packets, I knew this was going to be something special and unlike anything I had ever made before.
Ingredients:
(1) McCormick Recipe Inspirations packet for Apple & Sage Pork Chops
4 boneless pork chops (about 1-inch thick)
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 red apples, thinly sliced
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup apple juice
1 tbsp. brown sugar


Note: I thought half of an onion and one apple were plenty for this dish.
But if you like lots of onion and apple, please go exactly by the written recipe.
 This really could not be any easier to get started.

All the spices are in these individual packets.
They are easy to open and you are going to love the smells that start happening when you open them.

Directions:
Prepare your apples and onions by thinly slicing them.
Leave the skin on for the apples.
 Add 2 tbsp. olive oil to a large skillet.
Begin preheating your oil on medium high heat.

In a bowl, combine all your packets of spices along with 1 tbsp. flour and 1 tsp. salt.
 Sprinkle 1 tbsp. of this seasoned flour mixture onto both sides of your pork chops.
 Place pork chops into the hot oil. Brown both sides of the pork chops.
You'll probably only need a minute or two to brown each side.

Take pork chops out and set them aside.
They won't be fully cooked at this point but that's ok, they will finish cooking with the sauce.
 Add in the thinly sliced onions to the skillet and stir for about 3 minutes or until tender.
 Then add in thinly sliced apples, cook and stir for 2 minutes.
 Stir in juice, sugar and remaining seasoned flour.
Mix well.  
Then return pork chops to the skillet.
Bring to a boil.  Then reduce heat to low and then cover and cook for another 5 minutes or until desired doneness.
 
I served it with a crisp green salad and some sliced french bread.
We really enjoyed this meal. It definitely makes your house smell amazing while it is cooking.
Even my 6 year old commented, "What are you making? It smells so good!"
So there you go, even my picky eaters approved. So if you want to try something new or maybe want to get out of the dinner rut, try picking up one of these little packets of inspiration.  There are lots of flavors to enjoy like Garlic Lime Chicken Fajitas or Caribbean Grilled Steak and many more.

Enjoy!
Printable Recipe Here


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**GIVEAWAY**(CLOSED)

Dailybuzz Food and McCormick were very generous in providing me with extra packets of 
the Apple & Sage Pork Chop Recipe Inspirations.
So now, I want to pass on some for you to try!

I have (5) packets to give away to (5) Country Cook readers!!
How to Enter:
1. Go check out all the varieties of McCormick Recipe Inspirations
then come back here and tell me which one(s) you'd love to try.

2. "Like" McCormick Spice on facebook and be sure to tell them 
The Country Cook sent ya!
Then leave me a comment here telling me you've done so.

3. "Follow" McCormick Spice on Twitter.
Then leave me a comment here telling me you've done so.

That is 3 chances to win! 
Make sure you leave me your email address so I can contact you if you win!

Giveaway ends at midnight on Saturday, October 13th 2012.

Good Luck!!

This contest is closed. The winners were:
Tiffany P.

Misty
Karen
Tamra
Terri

Thank you to all who entered!! The winners have all been contacted via email.




As part of the DailyBuzz Food Tastemaker Program, I received free samples of the McCormick's Recipe Inspiration packets. All above opinions about this product are my own and have not been influenced in any way by Dailybuzz Food or McCormick.

89 comments :

Tiffany P said...

Hi :) Have to say first, Love love love your site. I have tried so many recipes and today I am trying the Southern Pecan Pie for my husband's birthday. :) It was a toss up between the Chicken Marsala and The Apple and Sage Pork Chop...after pondering, it definetly the Apple and Sage Pork Chop that I would love to try. They all look amazing though. :)

Tiffany P said...

I liked McCormick on F.B. and left a message saying The Country Cook Sent me, with your link :) I forgot to leave my email in the previous comment (Tpicka@aol.com) Thanks a bunch.

Tiffany P said...

I am following McCormick on Twitter :) *My Email is Tpicka@aol.com* Thanks a bunch. https://twitter.com/following

Tammy Smither said...

I left my comment on McCormick. Thanks for the Apple, Sage and Pork Chop recalled. Sounds wonderful.

joyce stolpp said...

I left a message on McCormick website and then one on your thank you did the great receipts

mathmahna said...

My first to try would be Asian Sesame Salmon and then, I'd try Quesadilla Casserole next.
Thanks for offering the giveaway.

mathmahna said...

I visited the McCormick facebook page and posted that I couln't wait to try the Asian Sesame Salmon and the others, too.

mathmahna said...

Thanks for sharing about the recipe inspirations. I am now following McCormickSpices on twitter.

Krista said...

Oh holy cow! That looks so good. I've seen those buy haven't had the chance to try them! I love the Quesadilla Casserole and the Rosemary Chicken w/ Potatoes.

Krista said...

Following McCormick on FB now!

Krista said...

Follow them on Twitter too!

mimiof2 said...

I am now following McCormick Spices on twitter! Thank you for the chance!

mimiof2 said...

I love your recipes! Just wanted you to know that! LOL I would love to try the Apple and Sage Pork Chops and i would also like to try the Quesadilla Casseroles recipe from the McCormick Spice Inspirations. Thank you for the chance!

mimiof2 said...

I liked McCormick on Face Book and let them know that you sent me. Hope you have a great week-end!

Michelle said...

Liked on FB and commented!

Michelle said...

The Apple & Sage pork chops sounds wonderful!!

Rhonda Renee said...

HI, love this site and thank you.
I have tried apples and pork-chops in the slow cooker before, the family loved it, so I would have to say I would love to try the Apple and Sage Pork Chops and i would also like to try the Quesadilla Casseroles recipe from the McCormick Spice Inspirations. They all sound so good! Guess I will prob end up trying all of them. lol have a great weekend! Rhonda

misty said...

Hi hun, I went and liked McCormick on facebook and follow them on Twitter I think I would like th try the Recipe Inspirations Chicken Cacciatore..Thank you
mmlrc6@gmail.com

Julie Vozobule said...

Thanks for letting all of us know about McCormick's Recipe Inspiration packs. I've wanted to try them but I wasn't sure. Now I will get them, particularly the one you used.

Jill said...

Following McCormick Spices on twitter. Thank you!

Terri said...

I would like to try the Recipe Inspirations Quesadilla Casserole.

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Lisa Boyer said...

I would love to try Country Herb and Chicken Dumplings..

Moy said...

Rosemary Roasted Chicken with Potatoes is the one I would like to try...

Moy said...

I just liked McCormick on fb and said The Country Cook sent me...

Moy said...

Forgot... my email is coodym@bellsouth.net

Lisa Boyer said...

Liked McCormick Spices(they're great!)

Gloria said...

It would be nearly impossible for me to pick just one or even a few of them I would like to try. I am very intrigued with the Apples and Sage Pork Chops. It is the perfect time of year for a meal like this, or even the Chicken & Dumplings. SEE! Impossible to stick with just one.

Gloria said...

Left message on McCormick Facebook site also and am now following them.

Linda said...

Oh my! I am definitely going to try the apple Sage pork chops and I *liked* McCormick's Facebook. I don't Twitter yet so I guess I can't enter that chance. ;o(

Shandilyn said...

I want to try them all!!! And I liked the mccormack spice page n told ya sent me there! Thanks Brandi

Friendship Crossing said...

I have your site on my list of favorite blog rolls so I can know each time you post! LOL I have tried several of your recipes and my family always love them the most!

I would love to try the Quesodilla Casserole spices, but any would be fun to try.

Thanks for the chance!
Tanya~www.friendshipcrossing.blogspot.com
mylilcraftbarn@yahoo.com

BumbleBeeLane said...

I would love to try the Country Herb Chicken & Dumplings.Although they all look interesting.Warm Blessings!~Amy
cottageprims@hotmail.com

Karen said...

I liked McCormicks face book p0age and really liked what I seen there and told them you sent me there-- yummy

lkdevore@wildblue.net

karen said...

Hmmm I dont know which one i would like to win, they ALL look delicious-- it is a 4 way tie at present,

Herb Crusted Tilapia--
Herb Chicken & Dumplings--
Caribbean Grilled Steak--
Apple & Sage Pork Chops--

I love your recipes and sites you send us too, thank you for a chance to win this, but I am already a winner I am going to look for this at the groc store and make-- yum

lkdevore@wildblue.net

Brickley Cindy said...

I would love to try the Chicken Marsala, Chicken Cacciatore, and the Chicken Tiki Masala. Those are just starters. cjbrick@ymail.com

Mutter Von Vielen said...

Just posted on McCormick spices wall on FB after I "LIKED" them. =)

tammy said...

I love the chicken and herb spices

Mutter Von Vielen said...

I'd like to try the Quesidilla Cassarole. =)

Mutter Von Vielen said...

Just followed them on twitter. =)
Great give away!

Brickley Cindy said...

I liked McCormick Spices on Facebook and entered this quote, "The Country Cook sent me. I would love to win the giveaway so I can try out your wonderful spices. I am interested in a few of your chicken spices." cjbrick@ymail.com

Brickley Cindy said...

I follow McCormick Spice on Twitter and left this tweet, @McCormickSpices I entered the giveaway on The country Cook's Blog! Want to win! cjbrick@ymail.com

Margaret said...

I would love to try the chicken and dumplings. Just the thing for these colder nights.

Margaret said...

I follow McCormick Spices on Twitter.

Margaret said...

I liked them on facebook and told them you sent me.

A Bee In My Bonnet - Leslie Anne said...

I just looked at the McCormick site and think I'd like to try the Country Herb Chicken & Dumplings or the Apple & Sage Pork Chops! You made the pork chops sound really good!

A Bee In My Bonnet - Leslie Anne said...

I liked McCormick Spice on their Facebook page and mentioned that you sent me!

Anonymous said...

Posted a "like" on FB....don't twitter...also told them you sent me! Would love to try Apple & Sage Pork chops. Would also like the
Chicken Tikka Masala. I live in a small town in Ga., and we don't have any Indian restuarants!
Love your blog!
ediem1@yahoo.com

KimH said...

Inspirations Caribbean Grilled Steak sounds like something I'd love.

M. Weber said...

Garlic Lime Chicken Fajitas is my choice. I can't wait to try it!
sftkog@comcast.net

Jennifer said...

I like the Rosemary Roasted Chicken with Potatoes.

Jennifer said...

I liked McCormick on Facebook and said that you sent me!
jenjennan@yahoo.com

kskitchen said...

I went to the mccormick site. Wow such choices. I will be making the quesidilla casserole.

B Dotson said...

Only the apple sage pork chop, I am a sage and pork junky

B Dotson said...

I liked McCormick on Facebook

B Dotson said...

I am following McCormick on Twitter

gloria115 said...

I would like to try Asian Sesame Salmon. I liked on Facebook and Twitter! Thank you!
Gloria Patterson
pattersong@cableone.net

Anonymous said...

Garlic lime chicken fajitas sounds wonderful to me.
virginia@heather-ridge.com

The Better Baker said...

I love love love your site too. =) There are soooo many wonderful flavors to choose from, but I think I'd pick quesadilla casserole.

The Better Baker said...

I already liked McCormick at Facebook.

M.j. said...

I like the Recipe Inspirations Country Herb Chicken & Dumplings...can't wait to try these...ciao4now64 at yahoo dot com.

M.j. said...

I follow McCormick on fb and left a comment.......ciao4now64 at yahoo dot com.

M.j. said...

I follow McCormick Spice on twitter.....ciao4now64 at yahoo dot com.

TGM said...

I wish I could find more of these in my grocery store. When I do find them it's just two selections. I'd really like to try the garlic lime chicken fajitas.

Anonymous said...

The rosemary roasted chicken and potatoes or garlic lime chicken fajita packets sounded really tempting.

Anonymous said...

Also forgot to tell you I went on facebook and liked McCormick Spices and told them I saw it here.

April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears said...

I have GOT to try the Country Herb Chicken and Dumplings!

April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears said...

FB fan of MS!

April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears said...

I have GOT to try the Country Herb Chicken and Dumplings!

Katy P said...

I like McCormick on fb.

Katy P said...

I would like to try the garlic lime chicken fajitas!

Michaeleen said...

Liked on facebook and commented that you sent me (linked!), followed them on twitter, and I'd like to try the Tuscan chicken!
Email: michaeleen@gmail.com

Nancy said...

I liked McCormick spices on facebook.
myonly@yahoo.com

Nancy said...

I have used a couple of the McCormick spice packs before but my store doesn't carry much variety. I would love to try the Tuscan Chicken although the Apple and Sage Pork Chops sounds great also. Thank You for my chance to enter.

Nancy said...

Forgot e-mail on previous comment myonly@yahoo.com

Jane Hyden said...

I left a comment on Facebook McCormick site and yours. I would love to try to Apple/Sage, the Quesedilla casserole and the Rosemary Chicken. How did you choose? My e-mail is janeh1037@gmail.com

Krissy said...

I'd like to try the Recipe Inspirations Country Herb Chicken & Dumplings.

Krissy
kbmint@otelco.net

Krissy said...

I like McCormick Spice on facebook and I left a comment that The Country Cook sent me.

Krissy
kbmint@otelco.net

Lois Jones said...

I would love to try the Recipe Inspirations Rosemary Roasted Chicken with Potatoes. Sounds so good and so easy!!
mrsloisannjones@aol.com

Lois Jones said...

Liked McCormick Spice on FB and left a comment that you sent me.
https://www.facebook.com/McCormickSpice/posts/10151243738509400

mrsloisannjones@aol.com

Lois Jones said...

Follow McCormick Spice on Twitter as @MinistersWife59

mrsloisannjones@aol.com

Sunny said...

Country Herb Chicken & Dumplings sounds great. I am making Chicken and Dumplings today so think I will stop by the store this morning and pick this up.

Yum!

Sarah G said...

I want to try all of them! But, I think i would first try Garlic Lime Chicken Fajitas.

Lizzie said...

I tried this recipe last night, actually, and LOVED it! I didn't have the McCormick packet, but I had all of the individual ingredients, so I went for it. I used fresh sage and the amount of onion/apple the recipe called for.

Otherwise, I'd love to try the chicken tikka masala.

LeAnn Woodward said...

The Apple & Sage Pork Chops sound amazing but I'm really interested in the Tuscan Chicken Stew because it sounds like something new and I do an apple and sage pork chop on my own. :)

Laura P. said...

They all sound delicious! But I would try the quesadilla casserole first:)

Tamra said...

Yum! These look so good! I would love to try the apple and sage pork chops, the chicken tikka masala, or maybe the Asian sesame salmon? They all sound great!
tamramorgan@gmail.com

Tamra said...

I liked McCormick on Facebook and I told them you sent me!
tamramorgan@gmail.com

Amy Z. said...

The pork chops look so great! I think I'd most like to try the Mediterranean Herb Crusted Tilapia.

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All Things Yummy said...

Looks so delicious. I've seen those packets before but never thought to try one.