Kenmore State Fair Winner: Pork Chops and Applesauce on a Stick

August 30, 2013 by Kenmore

In 1982 I was in Kindergarten & my mom went back to school at Ohio State. To support my mom, during the week my dad played the role of a single parent. This meant he had to take over the cooking duties for the family, something he wasn’t the best prepared to do. He took this on in a typical "dad" sort of way. His solution was a repeating schedule of meals: Monday night was pizza, Tuesday night was spaghetti, Wednesday night was hamburgers, Thursday night was pork chops & applesauce and Friday night our mom came home & Dad always roasted a chicken. To this day whenever my family has pork chops, I have to also serve applesauce, & I remember that time with my dad. Pork chops & applesauce is the epitome of simple, American fare. This recipe is reminiscent of my childhood in honor of the sacrifices of both of my parents – my mom, who took on the daunting task of leaving home to complete her degree, & my dad who held down the home front and supported her while she followed her passion.


preparation time
20 mins

cook time




1.5 pounds pork sirloin

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1 tablespoons plain yogurt

1 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

0.75 cup chopped pecans

0.5 teaspoons kosher salt

1 slice bread

4 sprigs fresh parsley

2 sprig fresh rosemary

2 leaves of fresh sage

2 large organic pink lady apples cut into sixteenths

2 large red onions cut into sixths


Step 1

Trim fat from pork. Cut pork sirloin into 1- ounce cubes.

Step 2

Mix together mustard, yogurt, mayonnaise, and olive oil. Add pork cubes, and marinate for at least 30 minutes but no longer than 3 hours. Meanwhile, pulse pecans, salt, bread, and herbs in a food processor until finely chopped.

Step 3

Prepare skewers: thread 1 wedge of red onion, 1 piece of pork, and 1 piece of apple. Repeat until skewer is filled.

Step 4

Roll the skewer in the crumb coating, trying to only coat the pork and not the apples or onions.

Step 5

Grease a hot grill with a paper towel dipped in canola oil, to prevent sticking. Grill over medium heat for approximately 8-10 minutes, or until pork is cooked through.


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