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Sunday Dinner: Caramel apple pork chops

Patricia Conte has a background in marketing communications and works as an independent writer. In 2010, she was given the opportunity to combine her love of writing and food when she started as a contributing writer for the Food channel...

Main dish recipe goes dessert-ish!

How did Sundays go from a day when you share a special meal with family and friends, to a day to squeeze in last minute errands and chores? Whether you're interested in bringing back a traditional, Sunday sit-down dinner with your loved ones or just looking for new meal options, this Sunday dinner main dish recipe can help you bring it all together.

Pork chops and caramel apples

Is this a trick or a treat for Sunday dinner? This dish is sure to please and it couldn't come at a better time of the season. It's a great main dish to serve with mashed potatoes or steamed rice and green beans. This main dish is so good you might even forgo dessert!

Family activity: Start playing games!

What better time for family game night than after Sunday dinner? Pick from the classics like Monopoly, Yahtzee and Clue, but let everyone contribute with their ideas and choices, too. Then get your ducks in a row to get it all organized.

Tips for a winning event:

  • Take stock of the games you have on hand (come up with some card game choices, too).
  • Give everyone a chance to choose. Assign each person in the household a specific week of his or her own to select the game to play.
  • Decide where in the house to play games, and assign the person picking the game that week the duty of clearing off the area (and to put it back together when you're finished).
  • Pick some great game-night snacks (this might be a good time for dessert, depending on what you're serving.)
  • Assign one or two people the job of keeping score.
  • Commit to playing fair and limiting competitiveness. Cheating -- whether real or perceived -- and over-the-top competitiveness can be a wet blanket on the evening's festivities. Make sure your group agrees to play fair and to play nicely. Set a good example for others with your good sportsmanship.

Caramel apple pork chops

Serves 4 people

Ingredients:

  • 4 thick pork chops (about 3/4-inch thick)
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tart apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 3 tablespoons pecans

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 175 degrees F. Place a medium dish in the oven to warm.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brush chops lightly with oil and place in hot pan. Cook for five to six minutes, turning occasionally, or until done. Transfer to the warm dish, and keep warm in the preheated oven. You could broil the chops instead (five to six minutes on each side) if you prefer.
  3. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, salt and pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add the butter to the skillet, and stir in the brown sugar mixture and apples. Cover and cook until the apples are just tender. Remove the apples with a slotted spoon and arrange them on top of chops. Keep the chops warm in the preheated oven.
  4. Continue cooking the sauce uncovered in the skillet, until thickened slightly. Spoon the sauce over apples and chops. Sprinkle with the pecans and serve.
Recipe courtesy of Allrecipes.

A good meal, good company and good entertainment is just the thing to make Sunday dinner that much more special. Think of the fun you'll have and the new traditions you'll start!

Add a side dish and dessert to your Sunday dinner

Fresh basil with beans and cherry tomatoes
Simple wild mushroom risotto
Steamed asparagus with tahini sauce
Mocha madness spice cake
Peanut butter and chocolate cookies
Strawberries with sour cream and sugar

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