Pork Rib Chops with Sauteed Apples and Star Anise

Pork Rib Chops with Sauteed Apples and Star Anise

This is a simple dish that’s perfect for a cool winter evening. The star anise is the star of the dish so please don’t substitute for it. We carry it here at vermont kitchen supply.

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 12-ounce pork rib chops

3 tablespoons butter, divided

1 tablespoon brown sugar

4 whole star anise*
2 Fuji apples (about 1 pound), cored, sliced 1/2-inch thick

1/2 cup apple juice

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 

Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper. Add pork to skillet; cook until brown on both sides and thermometer inserted horizontally into pork registers 140°F, about 7 minutes per side. Transfer to plates; tent with foil.

Pour off drippings from skillet. Add 2 tablespoons butter, brown sugar, and star anise to same skillet and stir over high heat until melted. Add apples; cook until brown and caramelized, stirring frequently, about 8 minutes. Spoon apples over pork. Add apple juice and vinegar to skillet; boil sauce until reduced to 2 tablespoons, about 3 minutes. Whisk in remaining 1 tablespoon butter; season to taste with salt and pepper. Drizzle sauce over apples and pork.

*Brown, star-shaped seedpods

Makes 2 servings.