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.
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332 per serving
- 1-1/2 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
- 3/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 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
Trim fat from pork. Cut pork sirloin into 1- ounce cubes.
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.
Prepare skewers: thread 1 wedge of red onion, 1 piece of pork, and 1 piece of apple. Repeat until skewer is filled.
Roll the skewer in the crumb coating, trying to only coat the pork and not the apples or onions.
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.