Pork Chops with Apples and Black Eyed Pea Salad

You know those moments where you experience a really amazing dish at a restaurant and ay to yourself, “Oh, I could never make that at home.” But then you pause for a moment, and think, “Or could I?” This happened to me lately.

I went to Stephan Pyles’ amazing Dallas destination restaurant Stampede 66, where even for Texas thing are done seriously big and bold. Think Dallas meets This Is Spinal Tap, and the dial goes up to 11. There was a pork chop on the menu, aptly named the Stampede 66 Pork Chop, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I knew I had to try and recreate it in my kitchen.

Pork Chops with Apples and Black Eyed Pea Salad

In my home version, a super simple and immensely flavorful blend of seasonings is rubbed all over the chops which are pan seared.  Don’t over cook the chops: you are looking for an internal temperature of 140° to 145°F with a meat thermometer and make sure you give them resting time.

Black-Eyed Pea Salad

While the chops are cooking you make a colorful and easy black-eyed pea salad.  This salad with red onion, tomatoes, and a dead-easy vinaigrette is shockingly quick to pull together and it should be paired with all kinds of things besides these pork chops.

Pork Chops with Apples and Black Eyed Pea Salad

A juicy restaurant-quality pork chop meal comes together in 30 minutes.

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Sauteed Apples with Pork Chops

The finishing touch is a couple of Granny Smith apples sautéed up with a bit of butter, brown sugar and brandy, which you can ever sauté while the chops rest after cooking.  Everything comes together on one beautiful plate, and the result is pretty wow.

Pork Chops with Apples and Black Eyed Pea Salad

Does it look complicated? I promise it’s not. In fact this whole meal comes together in less than 30 minutes (Really! Truly!) If you wanted to skip the apples, I suppose you could, but it’s little burst of sweet that elevates this meal to something special.  Maybe a bit of apple chutney would be a good substitute.

Storing and Reheating Leftovers

Leftover pork shops can be warmed on a grill or in a 300°F oven just until warm. Apples can be rewarmed in a skillet or also in the 300°F oven – place the chops and apples in separate baking pans to heat. Bring the pork chops and apples to room temperature before reheating so that they don’t have to heat again for too long – that way the pork chops should stay juicy, and the apples should hold their texture. The bean salad should be served at room temperature.

I am a fan of these cool multi-compartment BPA-free Snap Pak containers for storing dishes like this. Each part of the meal goes into its own discrete compartment, so it’s all together, but separate. The containers can be used over and over, and then when you are ready to move on, they are fully recyclable.

Chef Pyles, when you come to New York, I will make this for you, and while I don’t think your day job will feel threatened, I think you might be impressed.

Pork Chops with Apples and Black Eyed Pea Salad

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Pork Chops with Apples and Black Eyed Pea Salad

One of the best things that could happen to a pork chop. This simple black eyed pea salad is just terrific, and you may want to make it even when you aren't cooking these pork chops.
Yield: 4 People
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

For the Pork Chops

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 1-inch thick pork chops (about 3 pounds total)

For the Black-Eyed Pea Salad

  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup minced red onion
  • 1 15.5-ounce can black-eyed peas drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

For the Caramelized Apples

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 Granny Smith apples peeled, (if desired), cored and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brandy

Directions

  • In a small bowl combine the chili powder, paprika, cayenne, 1 teaspoon brown sugar and 1 teaspoon salt. Rub the mixture on both sides of the pork chops.
  • Heat a grill pan, or a heavy cast iron pan over medium-high heat. Add the tablespoon of olive oil. Sear the pork chops on both sides until nicely browned, and cooked through about 4 to 5 minutes per side. The middle should still be very slightly pink, with an internal temperature of 145°F. Tent the pork chops with foil to keep warm.
  • While the chops are cooking, make the Black-Eyed Pea Salad: In a medium bowl toss together the tomatoes, onion, black-eyed peas, red wine vinegar, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • Add the butter to the pan you cooked the pork chops in and melt over medium heat. Add the apples and cook for 2 minutes, until they just start to soften. Sprinkle over the brown sugar and cook, stirring often, for another minute or two until you can smell the sugar caramelizing. Add the brandy and bring to simmer, using a spoon or tongs to scrape the bits off the bottom of the pan.
  • Serve each chop on a plate with a generous restaurant-sized scoop of the black-eyed peas and heap some of the apples on top of the chops.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 597kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 695mg | Potassium: 1095mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 1254IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 5mg

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