Fish and poultry are great, but sometimes I like to mix it up. These AIP apple pork chops are quick, easy, and tasty – perfect for a weeknight supper.
Believe it or not, pork is the world’s most popular meat. When I did a little research, it seemed like a natural progression – humans have been dining on hogs for quite some time.
The Past and Present Consumption of Pork
Pigs have been on the menu for ages. Archaeologists say the pig dates back 40 million years, and pigs were domesticated in China by 4900 B.C.
Hernando de Soto is credited with bringing the first 13 pigs to America in 1539 and starting the country’s love affair with pork. The little herd quickly grew to 700 head and became the object of deadly squabbles with Native Americans.
More recently, in China, there’s been a swine revolution. Where pigs used to be reserved for special occasions, they’ve now become everyday fare.
The Chinese lead the world in pork consumption, followed by the European Union and the United States.
Buying Pork Locally
Despite the advent of factory farming, there has also been a countermovement promoting locally sourced food and interaction between the farmer and the consumer.
If you are able, going to the source might be a great option for you. Here are some of the benefits of buying from a local farmer:
It can save money – you’re cutting out the middleman, as well as shipping costs
It supports your community – you get to know the people responsible for raising the animals
It can be healthier – sometimes labels in the grocery store can be deceiving. If you talk to your supplier, you can ask questions about how the animals are raised and what they eat.
You can do business with those who share your values – if you’re passionate about humane livestock management, you can visit the fields and/or barns where the animals are kept.
Heat the olive oil in a pan and (using tongs to make it easier), position the chops upright so that fat is in direct contact with the pan, crisping and rendering the fat first and foremost, before placing each pork chop flat on the pan.
Cook for 3-4 minutes on both sides until crispy and golden and sufficiently cooked through.
Once done, simply serve the pork chops with the applesauce and your choice of side salad.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.