Sauteed Apples and Cider Sauce for Pork Tenderloin

We made a trip to Apple Hill a couple of weeks ago.  We have lots and lots of apples to use up!  This sauce was delicious over our pork tenderloin last night.

Ingredients:

2-3 apples, peeled, and cored

2 Tablespoons butter

1 cup chicken stock

2/3 cup apple cider

1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

1 Tablespoon water

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

salt and pepper

DSC01638After the apples have been peeled and cored, slice them

DSC01639Melt butter into a large saute pan and add the apples. Cook for 5-7 minutes until browned.

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DSC01642Add the chicken stock and apple cider to the saucepan.  Mix the cornstarch and water to make a slurry.  Add to the saucepan and cook until reduced in half.

DSC01643If the sauce doesn’t thicken enough, add a little more cornstarch/water mixture.  Remove from heat and add the vinegar, salt and pepper.   Place the apples back in the sauce and keep warm until ready to serve.

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Quick and Easy Individual Flatbread Pizzas

Megan wanted to make pizza for lunch the other day.  We wanted to try and use ingredients we had on hand,

and this is the pizza we came up with.

DSC01637Ingredients:

One flatbread for each serving

Prepared pesto sauce

Slices of ham and salami

Grated cheese

DSC01633Preheat the oven to broil.  There aren’t any measured ingredients for this, just put on the amount you desire.  First, spread the pesto sauce over the entire flatbread.

DSC01634Add cut-up ham and salami.

DSC01635Sprinkle grated cheese over all.

DSC01636Place under the broiler 1-2 minutes until brown and bubbly.

DSC01637Remove from the oven, cut into quarters and serve immediately.

Banana Date Nut Bread

Here’s an easy variation on traditional banana bread.

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups flour

2/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking  powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup apple sauce

1 cup smashed bananas(about 2 very ripe bananas)

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1/2 cup chopped pitted dates

1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour a large loaf pan.  In a large bowl mix the first 5 ingredients;

flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda

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Add the apple sauce and mix in well.  The original recipe calls for shortening.  We replaced it with applesauce, it is just as moist and healthier!

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Stir in mashed bananas and beaten eggs.

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Add the chopped dates and nuts, mix in well.

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Pour batter into the greased loaf pan.  Place in the preheated oven to bake for 55 minutes to 1 hour, or when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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Cool, slice and enjoy!