I’m just back from West Dean Gardens where they are holding their ‘Apple Affair’ event. I haven’t seen so many varieties in one place. It has inspired me to try and use apples in a different way with their perfect partner…pork. Time is short so I have devised an apple sauce that isn’t cooked but blitzed smooth with basil, a hint of chilli and lemon juice. It’s fabulous and perfect with griddled pork steaks…oh and a little mash and broccoli.
Pork Steaks with Apple and Basil Sauce
2 pork loin steaks
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 eating apple, peeled, cored and sliced
1 tbsp chopped basil leaves
1/4 tsp chilli flakes
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. Preheat the grill to medium and cook the pork loin steaks for 22-24 minutes, turning once, until tender and cooked through. Transfer to a warmed serving dish, drizzle with the balsamic vinegar and leave to rest for 5 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, to make the sauce, place the apple, basil, chilli flakes, lemon juice and oil in a food processor and blitz until finely chopped or smooth. Season to taste.
3. Serve the pork with the apple and basil sauce, mashed potatoes and a green vegetable in season.
WLS PORTION: 1/2
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