My love for food comes from cooking with my parents and grandparents while growing up. I've also worked in professional kitchens.
My girlfriend and I thumb through different cookbooks and cooking magazines each evening, and we found this recipe in a cookbook that promises only six ingredients (or fewer) in every recipe. We added a few things and took a few things out in order to match our taste, and we're pleased with how the recipe has evolved.
The original recipe called for only five ingredients: pork, olive oil, apples, beer, and cumin. We watch a lot of cooking shows, and we often hear the judges and top chefs talking about "elevating dishes." We feel we've done that here.
The dish remains simple, and yet it is so delicious. Your kitchen will smell like you’ve been making the most incredible Italian meal!
- Number of ingredients: 11
- Number of steps: 12
- Prep time: 20 minutes
- Cook time: 90 minutes
You will need a bit of lead time for this meal; we made the mistake of starting this later than we thought we should and didn’t get to eat it until well beyond when we planned on being in bed. However, some of the prep time can be done during the simmering of the pork and herb combination.
Sometimes, recipes have so many ingredients it takes the allure out of cooking; for example, when we realize we only have 10 out of the 50 things called for by a particularly intricate recipe. This recipe is different. It tastes like it must have a stunningly long list of ingredients—but it actually calls for fewer than a dozen.
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- 2lb. pork loin/chops, boneless, or taken off the bone
- 3 apples
- 1 white onion
- 1 bottle or can IPA or pale ale (or lager, hefe, wit, etc.)
- 1 sprig rosemary
- 1 sprig thyme
- 3 basil leaves
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp fresh cracked peppercorns
Most people forget about the cookware needed, but not us! I want to make sure you get all your bases covered and having the proper cookware helps ten-fold.
- cast-iron pan
- cutting board
- chef knife
- apple peeler
- tongs or wooden spoon
- Begin by chopping the pork into 1.5″ cubes (it’s okay to estimate, you won’t need a ruler).
- Add salt and pepper to the pork to give the meat an actual flavor.
- Heat the olive oil in the cast-iron skillet over high heat.
- Brown the pork in the cast-iron skillet over high heat
- Add 2/3 of the bottle or can of IPA or pale ale to the skillet.
- Add the bay leaves, rosemary, thyme, and basil to the dish.
- Lower the heat to 2–3 (low/simmer) and cook for 60 minutes with the lid covering the mixture.
- Peel, core, and chunk the apples into 1.5″ cubes.
- Peel and cut the onion into quarters.
- Add the apples and onion to cast-iron skillet, continue cooking on low for 30 minutes.
- Remove the skillet from the heat source.
- Serve directly from the skillet and enjoy!
Your family will love eating this food as much as they’ve enjoyed smelling it the whole time you’re cooking it!
My girlfriend and I have enjoyed this dish for the last few weeks and have been tweaking the recipe to fit our tastes and elevate a bit further. We’ve been enjoying creating new foods together, and the new foods mean new memories with someone I love.
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoy the experience!
© 2019 Joshua