We haven't had anything notable this past week. There was a ton of leftover meatballs from a carry-in and I haven't been that hungry, so it was a boring week.
Yesterday I did cook some loin chops with lemon pepper and broccoli. The Little Buddy likes applesauce with pork, really who doesn't like it with pork, it's one of those no fail pairings.
I went to a class a few years ago and the chef made a large pan of smashed applesauce that he cooked in the oven along with a crown roast of pork, it was excellent. I made it once and it was way to much for the two of us. Now I just use a few apples and cook it on the stove, takes a lot less time and doesn't heat up the kitchen. The thing I liked the most about the recipe was the addition of ginger. I had always used cinnamon in applesauce and had never thought of ginger. The ginger goes great with the apples and adds a bit of heat.
When I made this yesterday I did throw in a few pinches of cinnamon to see how it would go with the ginger. It was ok, but both of us preferred it without.
For just the two of us I use:
2 large Granny Smith apples
1 tsp of grated fresh ginger or 1/2 tsp of dry ginger (I prefer the fresh)
2 tsp of brown sugar
1/4 to 1/2 cup water
Core and peel the apples. Quarter the apples and chop each into 3-4 pcs. Place in sauce pan with ginger, sugar and 1/4 cup of water. Cook, covered on low heat stirring a few times, until water is absorbed and apples are soft enough to smash with a spoon. Add more water if it gets to dry before the apples are soft enough. Smash with spoon. This is good served warm or chilled.
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