Costco has the cookbook The Make Ahead Cook from America’s Test Kitchen and whenever Costco has one of their cookbooks I snatch it up. This particular book has 8 strategies for making food ahead of time. Whether it’s prepping tonight for tomorrow’s dinner, crockpots, casseroles, 1 shopping bag for 3 dinners, or bulk cooking for multiple dishes, it’s filled with tips and ideas for those of us that don’t have the leisure of time.
This recipe comes from the section called “Prep Ahead.” Prep your meat and veg the night before and when it comes time to cook dinner, all you need to do is babysit it a bit, leaving you time to read to your kids, do a load of laundry, mow the yard, send off a few emails, or whatever other things life demands of you.
What you have below is my version; I streamlined it even more by grilling quick cooking pork chops. I also changed out vegetable oil for avocado oil and eliminated the sugar. This took me 15 minutes start to finish! I served with a side of roasted broccoli.
Pork Chops with Apples and Shallots (modified from The Make Ahead Cook from America’s Test Kitchen)
2 lbs pork chops
1 T herbs de Provence
Salt and pepper
6 shallots, sliced
3 apples, cored, cut into wedges
2 T avocado oil
1 T butter
Put a medium-sized pan over medium heat and warm the avocado oil. Preheat the grill. Slice apples and shallots. Season the pork with salt, pepper, and herbs de Provence.
Place the apples and shallots in the warmed pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until shallots and apples soft and brown, 10-12 minutes.
Place the chops on the grill and cook until the internal temp reaches 145, about 10 minutes. Flip ½ way through cooking. Remove from grill and let rest a few minutes while you finish the apples.
When apples and shallots are done, toss into the pan a pat of butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Serve on top of pork chops.
If you wanted to prep ahead, season the meat, place in a dish, cover, and store in the fridge. Slice the apples and shallots and store in the fridge until ready to cook.
America’s Test Kitchen can do no wrong when it comes to food. Historically, some of their recipes are labor-intensive and time consuming due to the steps you need to take to make it the best. But this cookbook takes into consideration that just because we’re short on time doesn’t mean we need to sacrifice flavor and good home-cooked meals.
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