Apple Onion Balsamic Pork Chops

It appears that I have somewhat of an apple-onion theme going on.

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Well, maybe. Does two recipes in a week count as a theme? Really I guess not, especially when you add the fact that I don’t have any more apple onion recipes up my sleeve. At least, not yet.

This recipe actually started as somewhat of an accident. (I feel like I say that a lot – is it just me?) I kind of wanted to make pork chops with apples and onions and so I threw a bunch of stuff in a pot, Kevin added a bunch of stuff to the pot, and it turned out to be pretty delicious! Except that the next time we tried to make it we couldn’t remember what we used and so we had to start over from scratch. Whoops.

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Admittedly it’s not the most appealing dish I’ve ever made, but trust me when I say that it’s 100% delicious. The apple + onion + pork combination is a total win, and when you add a couple tablespoons of aged balsamic vinegar and a shake or two of red pepper flakes it’s the perfect symphony of sweet, tangy, and a kick in the mouth.

Pork happens to go really well with sweet, tangy, and a kick in the mouth, don’t you think?

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As good as this tasted for dinner (we served it with roasted kabocha squash and sweet potatoes, delicious), I took leftovers in to work the next day and it was even better. Particularly when I paired it with – are you ready for this? – sauerkraut. Holy Yum.

(For those of you who haven’t experienced the beautiful culinary marriage that is pork and sauerkraut, you need to remedy that. Stat.)

And speaking of work – I had to take Kevin’s truck to work last week – guess who totally ROCKED backing that beast into a teeny parking spot in the garage??

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THIS GIRL!! Yes, I took a picture.

But I totally ducked every time I drove under one of those clearance signs because I was certain the truck wasn’t going to make it.



serves four


4 bone-in pork chops

2 onions, sliced

2 apples, cored and sliced

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1/8 cup aged balsamic vinegar (eyeball it)

1/4 cup white wine

2 tsp cinnamon

red pepper flakes (optional)

salt and pepper

coconut oil


Heat 1-2 tbsps coconut oil in a heavy pan. Add pork chops and apple cider vinegar and brown on both sides. Remove from pan.

In the same pan, add apples, onions, cinnamon, and red pepper (if using) and cook until brown, about 5 minutes. (Don’t cook them until they are soft just yet – only until they start to brown up!) Remove from pan.

Deglaze the pan with a healthy glug of white wine, scraping all the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the pork and apple-onion mixture back to the pan. Add the balsamic, lower heat to medium-low, cover, and cook 45 minutes or until pork is cooked through.

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Apple Onion Sweet Potato Hash Browns

Breakfast makes me happy.

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I used to say that breakfast was my favorite meal, but admittedly that was when my favorite breakfast food was pancakes and I’d make breakfast-for-dinner at least once a week (pancakes, scrambled eggs, and bacon. Done.). I can make a pretty mean stack of pancakes if I do say so myself, but once I started eating paleo…I stopped eating pancakes.

Sad face.

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So breakfast may not exactly be my favorite meal anymore, but that doesn’t mean I love it any less. I make it a point to eat a full breakfast every morning so I don’t dive headfirst into the office snack drawer halfway through the morning. I’m fortunately enough to have a husband who loves to cook AND makes me breakfast while I’m getting ready for work in the morning…isn’t that awesome? (And sweet and thoughtful and INCREDIBLY convenient.)

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As nice as that is though, I still enjoy making breakfast with him when I can – and sometimes if I’m really sneaky I can make breakfast FOR him!

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That’s where these sweet potato hash browns come in. We’ve made them before but without apples or onions, and one morning as I was making breakfast for Kevin I just…decided to toss them in.

Best. Idea. Ever.

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I’m a huge fan of onions, and I love the extra sweetness the shredded apple gives the potatoes. Mixed with a hint of cinnamon and chili powder you end up with a crazy sweet-spicy-somewhat-savory-side (hello, alliteration) that was absolutely made for your eggs and bacon!

Breakfast is served!

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serves: two

prep time: 10 minutes

cook time: 15-20 minutes


1 sweet potato

1 apple

1 onion

chili powder to taste

cinnamon to taste

salt to taste

coconut oil (approx 2 tbsp)


Grate your sweet potato and apple (a box grater works best) and dice your onion.  In a bowl add your sweet potato, apple, cinnamon, chili pepper and salt and toss to combine. In a heavy skillet, heat coconut oil over medium high heat. Add onion and sautee until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add sweet potato/apple mixture and stir to coat everything with oil before evenly distributing your hash browns in the skillet. Cook for about 15-20 minutes, flipping occasionally so as not to burn your hash browns. Note: Be patient. I am terrible and wanting to constantly stir everything, and if you don’t let the hashbrowns set and cook they won’t get brown and crispy! Walk away for a few minutes if you have to, but resist the urge to stir every five seconds!

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Roasted Cipollini Onions with Thyme

My baby sister is going to take one look at this recipe and gag.

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Obviously, my baby sister does not like onions. Weird, I know. But for the rest of you out there – these roasted cipollini onions? Ohmyword. Who know something like a little onion could be so…GOOD?

Kevin and I found these at the farmers market by sheer luck. we didn’t even need onions – I wasn’t even thinking about onions. But I happened to look over at the exact second a woman was perusing this bin of cipollini onions and I was hooked.

They are just TOO. CUTE.

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A better blogger probably would have taken a picture of the onions IN the bin AT the farmers market but what can I say? I’m still a newbie blogger and therefore, I didn’t think about it. I was too distracted by all the cute!

Plus it didn’t hurt that one of the (very observant and well trained) stand workers caught me looking and happened to mention how good the onions taste roasted in the oven and it was game on. SOLD.

Sidenote: it doesn’t take much to talk me into something…particularly when that something involves food. Seriously, I’m hopeless.

So once I had the onions in my hot little hands, I also noticed a display of fresh herbs strategically placed by the cash register and couldn’t help myself…I bought a bunch of fragrant fresh thyme. Which, by the way, ALWAYS makes me start to sing “Scarborough Fair” by Simon and Garfunkel. You  know…parsely, sage, rosemary, and thyyyyyyyyme. (Thank you, Dad.)

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Anyway. What better way to serve roasted onions that with a nice juicy steak, right? Which is exactly what Kevin and I did when we got home with these things. Not to mention that they are super simple to make (surprising, right?) All I did was coat the onions in some olive oil, sprinkle them with sea salt, cracked pepper, and some sprigs of fresh time. Then I set them on a baking sheet and roasted the suckers at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes, depending on the size of your onions.

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You’ll know the onions are done when they get this nice brown glaze on the outside and are easily pierced with a fork or knife. Just look at this beautiful caramelized deliciousness!

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Not only are these adorable, but they taste incredible. They’re sweet, but not overly – and the flavor pairs well with a steak. I’d recommend serving these with a green vegetable as well, just to make your plate a little prettier. I made roasted beets and beet greens as a side, but they cooked so fast we ate them as an appetizer. Oops.

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Seriously. SO. ADORABLE.