Pork Chops with Apples and Sage

Ingredients:
4 pork chops
sea salt as needed
freshly ground black pepper as needed
olive oil
½ lb. Frozen Iowa Choice Harvest apples
2 Tbsp. butter
1 handful fresh sage leaves
Good strong cheese (such as Stilton or Taleggio), optional

Directions: Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Lay the pork chops out on a board and, using a sharp knife, make 2 cm deep cuts all along the fatty side of them. Sprinkle the chops with salt and pepper.

Pour some olive oil into a hot pan. Carefully place your chops in it and cook them for 2 to 3 minutes on each side until golden brown. If you need to, open out the little pieces of fat along the edge so they don’t stick together.

When the chops are nearly done, lift them out of the pan and put them on to an oiled baking tray. Add the apple wedges and a 2 tablespoons of butter to the pan and fry until lightly golden. Lay 1/4 of the apple slices on top of each pork chop. Dress your sage leaves in a little olive oil and top each apple stack with them. Top it all off with a dab of Stilton or Taleggio cheese. Put the baking tray into the oven for 6 to 8 minutes until everything is golden and melted.

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