Apple-Stuffed Pork Chops with Cider Sauce

Apple-Stuffed Pork Chops with Cider Sauce
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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons crème fraîche
  • 2 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups unfiltered apple cider or unfiltered, unsweetened apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons "apple brandy":http://www.foodsubs.com/Brandy.html#apple%20brandy (optional)
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, coarsely chopped
  • ½ medium yellow onion, small dice
  • + 14 more ingredients
    • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 8 bone-in center-cut pork chops, at least 1 ½ inches thick
    • For the chops::
    • ¼ cup unfiltered apple cider or unfiltered, unsweetened apple juice
    • ½ teaspoon minced thyme leaves, plus 4 whole sprigs for the sauce
    • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced sage leaves, plus 2 whole sprigs for the sauce
    • 10 dried apple rings, cut into ¼-inch pieces
    • ½ medium yellow onion, small dice (reserve other half for the sauce)
    • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into ½-inch dice
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 4 slices pumpernickel or dark rye sandwich bread, crusts removed and cut into small dice
    • For the stuffing::

For the stuffing: Heat the oven to 200°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Place the bread cubes on a baking sheet and place in the oven to dry out, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside. Raise the oven temperature to 375°F. Heat 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large frying p...

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