I’m getting Fall fever, even if it is still 90 degrees here in Florida. I drank my first pumpkin beer this week, I’m going to get my fall decorations out this weekend and I made my first seasonal dinner. You can never go wrong with the combination of pork and apples so when I saw a recipe in my Tupelo Honey Cafe Cookbook for Root Beer Pork Chops with Apple Salsa I knew I had to try it. I loved the idea but made some changes to the recipes to fit my tastes.
Root Beer Glazed Pork Chops with Fresh Apple Salsa
4 Boneless Pork Loin Chops
1/4 c molasses
6 oz root beer
1 T oil
Combine Root Beer and Molasses in a ziplock bag or shallow dish add pork chops and refrigerate 4 hrs-overnight, turning occasionally. Heat oil in a large skillet over med high heat and add pork chops. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until seared with some dark brown coloring. Turn chops and repeat on the other side. Add remaining root beer mixture to pan with chops and bring to a boil. reduce heat to low and cover, cook for 4 more minutes or until desired doneness. ( use a meat thermometer if desired)
Fresh Apple Salsa
2 large crisp apples, (I used Fiji, Granny Smiths would be good also)
1/2 c chopped onion
1/4-1/2 t minced jalapeño pepper
1 T lemon juice
2 T honey
1/4 t salt
1 T chopped fresh parsley
add all ingredients to a bowl and stir, cover and refrigerate until ready to use. This makes more than needed for the pork chops, use the leftovers for wraps, chicken salad, or peanut butter would be great, or also as an accompaniment with a cheese plate or with cinnamon sugar pita chips.
We recently traveled to Asheville, North Carolina for a weekend brewery crawl. The craft beer there is abundant and fantastic. What I also found was the famous Tupelo Honey Cafe, a Southern foodies dream. Well worth the 3 hour wait ( don’t worry they text you when you’re getting close on the list so you are free to explore downtown while you wait) this restaurant creates new southern comfort food by adding creative twists and fresh local and seasonal ingredients to their dishes. I was such a fan I bought the cook book and have not been disappointed with anything I have tried yet. This is the best roast chicken I have ever made. The herb stuffing seeps its flavor into all of the meat while it roasts, making each bite as comforting as a bowl of chicken soup. This is a great way to use up extras from the herb garden as well. I might even try to use this recipe with my Thanksgiving turkey. I highly recommend the cookbook and their website says that there will be a new one available this Spring, I am pre-ordering mine now.
Tupelo Honey Cafe’s Herb Roasted Chicken
1 3 lb chicken
2 c peeled and diced carrots
2 c diced celery
2 c diced sweet yellow onion ( Vidalias are best)
2 T chopped fresh Thyme
2 T chopped fresh sage
2 T chopped fresh Basil
2 T chopped fresh rosemary
2 t salt
1 t pepper
1/2 c olive oil
Pre heat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl to make the stuffing.
Remove giblets from chicken cavity and place on roasting pan. Stuff the cavity with the mixture until full. Add left over stuffing with the giblets on the roasting pan and place the chicken on top, use the left over oil in the stuffing bowl to rub over the skin of the chicken. Place in the oven for 1 hr 40 min or until the juices run clear. Let the chicken rest for at least 15 minutes before carving. Use the stuffing and giblets from the roasting pan to make a pan gravy if desired.