Thursday, September 22, 2011

Country Style Ribs with Apple and Sweet Onion

Sometimes, you want a meal that is simple but bursting full of flavor.  This is that meal.  The thick slabs of meat simmer in the apple and onion mixture, and the hint of maple syrup and cinnamon makes the juicy meat even tastier.  There is something so satisfying about finishing your meal by picking up a bone and gnawing off the rest of the meat that makes both my husband and myself giddy with excitement...and excited we were to gorge ourselves on this tasty dish!

The Meat
- 2 large cuts of country style pork rib steaks

The Sauce
- 1 sweet onion, sliced
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 Gala apple, sliced thinly into quarters
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- cinnamon, salt, pepper to taste

The Veggies
- 1 head broccoli, chopped
- 1 cup water
- salt, pepper to taste

In a large pan, melt the butter and saute the sweet onion for a few minutes on medium heat. Then add the applesauce and thin apple slices.  Season it and let it cook on medium-low heat for around 8-10 minutes so the apples soften and everything gets all delicious.  I used a few teaspoons of cinnamon because we adore it, but you should season yours to taste.  

Prepare your rib steaks by coating them with the maple syrup.  After the apples have cooked for a while, use a wooden spoon to move them all to the perimeter of the pan and lay the two rib steaks into the middle of the pan.  Bring your heat up to medium-high heat and crowd the rib steaks with the applesauce and onion mixture.  Let the rib steaks cook for 8-10 minutes per side until the juices run clear.  Make sure to stir and swirl the apple mixture around and over the rib steaks as you cook them.  

Meanwhile, steam the broccoli in a small pot on high heat with 1 cup of water for around 10 minutes.  Season with a teensy bit of salt.

When the rib steaks are cooked through, put them on the plates and smother them with the apple and onion sauce.  Give each plate some broccoli and that's that!  Time for dinner!

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