Pork and apples are a classic pairing, and figs and sweet anise seed, orange juice and red wine vinegar, all add an exciting depth of flavor for a wonderful slow cooked meal.
Activities from this Summer, including a move that found us downsizing from our home of 22 years, has taken it’s toll on my involvement in the #SundaySupper movement. I’m glad to be back around the Sunday Supper table as it’s a great group of bloggers with great ideas for commaradarie and group events. If you’re not familiar, the #SundaySupper Movement was started by Isabel over at Family Foodie as a project for “bringing back Sunday supper around the family table.” Who can argue with that??? This event is being hosted by Heather of Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks and Christie of A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures. Thanks Ladies!
When the leaves start turning from green to brilliant Fall colors, I start turning to my crockpot for easy flavor-packed savory meals. Today’s #SundaySupper assignment couldn’t be more timely as we’re all sharing slow-cooker recipes from beverages to desserts and everything in between. You’ll find links below to an extravaganza of slow cooked ideas.
With my love for fennel seed, I sometimes forget about that container of anise seed in my spice drawer. Similar to fennel, anise is sweet and very aromatic. The seeds I purchased at my local spice shop are whole and whenever I cook with them I crush them with my fingers as I’m sprinkling them on. Then I find myself craving black jelly beans.
I started this easy crock pot layered meal with thick cut-bone in pork chops. Mom always told me those bones make for extra good flavor…I’ve never been one to argue much with Mom. I seared the chops first over high heat in a stove top grill pan, sprinkling each side with anise seed. Then I placed two thick sliced Granny Smith apples on the bottom of the crock pot and put the two pork chops on top of the apples.
A thick sliced sweet onion was next to pile on.
After a good shake of salt, some fresh ground pepper, orange juice and red wine vinegar for the cooking liquid, you’re ready to plug in the crock pot and enjoy the aromas that fill your home.
I served the pork chops on a platter, topped with all of the savory goodness from the crockpot and some orange slices for garnish squeezing. My side dishes were roasted acorn squash and fresh tomatoes from my garden. A delicious seasonal, savory meal.
- 1 pound bone in thick cut pork chops
- ¾ teaspoon crushed aniseed
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 Granny Smith apples, sliced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 onion, thick sliced
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- ½ cup fresh orange juice
- 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 8 ounces Mission figs, cut in half
- Sprinkle the aniseed on both sides of the pork chops and season with salt and pepper. In grill pan, sear the pork chops until browned. About 3 minutes per side. Add the pork steaks and cook over moderately high heat, turning once, until well browned, about 3 minutes per side
- In the meantime, spray your Crock Pot with non-stick spray and sprinkle in the apples. Place browned pork chops on top of the apples. Next layer in the slices of onions and the figs. Sprinkle the garlic over the mixture and add orange juice and red wine vinegar.
- Cook on medium heat 6 - 7 hours.
- Crockpot Kielbasa Split Pea Soup from The Foodie Army Wife
- Amazing Slow Cooker French Onion Soup from Hot Momma’s Kitchen Chaos
- Crock Pot Turkey Meatball Soup from Flour On My Face
- Kale & Kielbasa Soup Slow Cooker Lime Garlic Chicken from The Messy Baker
- Slow Cooker Chicken, Spinach and White Bean Soup from Amee’s Savory Dish
- Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup from Noshing With The Nolands
- Spicy Ham and 10-Bean Soup from Food Lust People Love
- Crockpot Caramelized Pork Noodle Soup from Brunch with Joy
- Slow Cooker Acorn Squash and Apple Soup from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
- Three Bean, Butternut, and Quinoa Vegetarian Chili from Ruffles & Truffles
- Potato, Kielbasa and Spinach Soup With Gouda from Meal Planning Magic
- Slow Cooker Chunky Chicken Tortilla Soup #GlutenFree from Sue’ s Nutrition Buzz
Scrumptious Mains (Breakfast and Dinner)
- Slow Cooked Apple Pie Oatmeal from Life Tastes Good
- Pork and Cabbage Stew from Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- Slow Cooker Lime Garlic Chicken from Peaceful Cooking
- Slow-Cooked Country Pork and Veggies from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Buffalo Chicken Sliders from Eat, Drink and be Tracy
- Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef from Marlene Baird
- Madras Beef Curry with Vegetables from Curious Cuisiniere
- Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Apples and Figs from Cooking On The Ranch
- Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Crockpot Sesame Chicken from Casa de Crews
- Pork Chops in Gravy with Potatoes from Cookin’ Mimi
- Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Pulled Chicken from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Slow Cooker Spicy Peach Pulled Pork from Family Foodie
- Slow Cooker Garlic Chicken with Artichokes from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Scalloped Potatoes from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions from The Dinner-Mom
- Slow Cooker Brownie Dessert from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Triple Chocolate Cake from MealDIva
- Slow Cooker Rice Pudding from Killer Bunnies, Inc
- Slow-Cooker Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding) from Magnolia Days
- Slow Cooker Lemon Poppyseed Cake from NinjaBaking
- Slow Cooker Sourdough from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Slowcooker Seedy Bread from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Sips and Spreads
- Spiced Caramel Cider from The Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Pumpkin Pie Spiked Cider from Simply Healthy Family
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Crock Pot Pork Chops with Apples and Figs…It’s What’s for Dinner