Eat Like a Princess - Snow White - Smoked Apple Pork Chops and Spaetzel

Continuing my culinary tour of German to discover some yummy dishes inspired by Snow White I was inspired to create a yummy pork chop dish. I wanted it to feature apples (which are also commonly found along pork in American dishes) and smoke or grill them. Well, it has been quite snowy this month and our amazing Traeger grills doesn't like cold weather. So smoking and wood pellet grilling was out of the question. Could I get a similar flavor and browning without my preferred grilling method? How would I avoid drying out the pork?!


Luckily we had some liquid smoke from Colgin in the spice cabinet. That was a good place to start. I also recently made some snack mix and wanted the salty, savory quality of Worcestershire sauce to me in my pork chop marinade. Lastly rounding out the salt with some soy sauce never hurts. You could also add apple juice if you wanted added sweetness in the marinade. Instead on sliced some Granny Smith apples and added them to the air fryer basket once the pork chops were juicy and getting some good browning going on. Additional butter and brown sugar in the basket softened the apples, a final toss in the cooking juices coated the apples and brought the two flavors together! If you want some extra sauce to dip, pour the marinade into a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Continue to boil for at least 10 minutes or until reduced to your preferred thickness.


Another fun German side dish I tried my hand at is spaetzel. It is a type of simple pasta made with flour, eggs, and salt. The batter or dough is pressed through a colander into boiling water. Once cooked it is skimmed out of the pot and set aside. To give it extra flavor, I added dried herbs and browned it in a pan with butter similar to gnocchi. It took a lot of muscle to get the spaetzel through the colander but it did work well once I had strong armed the spaeztel with a rubber spatula.

I absolutely loved the result of this meal. The pork chops were well seasoned and moist with some additional sweetness added from the apples which were only mildly firm in the middles still. The spaetzel was a yummy new side dish which can be made creamy, cheesy, or saucy.

Smoked Apple Pork Chops with Spaetzel

Serves 4

Ingredients

Pork Chops

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 4 thick cut pork chops

Apple Topping

  • 2 green apples
  • 2-3 tbs brown sugar
  • 1-2 tbs butter

Spaetzel

  • 1 c flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp of chives
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tbs butter

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients for pork chops except pork and whisk to combine. Place pork chops in a gallon sized zip lock back, pour marinade over top. Marinade in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Peel apples and slice into 1/4 inch slices. 
  2. For spaetzel: Boil water in a large soup pot. Mix eggs and milk in a medium bowl and set aside. Mix all other ingredients except butter. Create a well. Add egg and milk mixture to well and slowly mix dry into wet ingredients with a fork. 
  3. Using a colander with large holes placed over the pot of boiling water, drop batter into colander using a spatula or wooden spoon to push it through the holes. Boil for 3-4 minutes until firm. Drain.
  4. Melt butter in large skillet and brown spaetzel on medium high heat for 5-10 minutes stirring to rotate.
  5. Preheat air fryer to 400 degree F. Lay pork chops in air fryer basket and reserve remaining marinade. Cook for 12 minutes, flip when 5 minutes is remaining, basting with chilled marinated. Add apples, dot with cubes of butter and sprinkle with brown sugar and continue cooking for the last 5 minutes after flipping pork chops. Check temp and cook for additional 1-3 min if needed. Remove meat and allow meat to rest for 5-10 min. Toss apples in empty basket, keep apples in basket until ready to serve.
  6. Place pork on plate, top with apples. Serve spaetzel plus green vegetable like brussel sprouts or salad. Enjoy!


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