Recipe by EBSEPKE
"What do you get when you cross simple with delicious? Apricot Chops, of course! Simply choose your favorite vegetable or rice as an accompaniment, pop the chops in the oven, and enjoy this sweet and savory delight!"
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(1 inch thick) bone-in pork chops
salt and pepper to taste
Catalina salad dressing
1 (1 ounce) package
dry onion soup mix
garlic clove, crushed
I've also made this with chicken and it turns out great. Love the sweet/sour taste.
Catalina dressing is a version of french dressing you put on a lettuce salad. I've also used Russian dressing. These are tomato (ketchup) based (orange/red in color)...I think the catalina has a little more of a "bite" to it than the french.
I found a recipe for catalina dressing so you have some idea what the ingredients are or perhaps if you cannot find it to purchase, you can make some.
Catalina Dressing: 1 cup sugar, 2 teasoon salt, dash paprika, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon celery seed, 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard, grated onion to taste, 1/2 cup white vinegar, 2/3 cup ketchup, 1 cup vegetable oil.
Put all ingredients into a blender and mix. Store in a jar in refrigerator.
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I made this exactly according to the recipe, except that I followed the advice of others and reduced the temperature to 350 and cooked for about half an hour. If your chops are less than a full inch thick, be sure to check them early; mine were probably closer to 3/4" thick, and I felt they were a tad bit overdone, even with the reduced temp/time.
I couldn't find apricot jam and had to make do with preserves, but I don't really think that makes much difference.
While the taste was a little more fiery than we usually care for, we did eat it all up in one night, and I will probably make it again. I think the Catalina dressing AND pepper together were what made it a little on the too-spicy side for us; next time I'll skip the pepper and see if it makes a difference. I may also use more apricot to make it a little sweeter.
These were delicious. My only comment is that the sauce mixture made an awful lot. I would probably half all the ingredients for it.
Wonderful! The sauce can accomodate up to 6 pork chops nicely. We love this recipe. Such a nice change from the usual pork chop dish. We love this over a bed of white rice. If you can't find Catalina dressing, use Russian, it is close, just not quite as spicy. I also seem to have trouble finding Apricot Jam so I substitute preserves and it works just fine. I season the pork chops in salt, pepper and garlic powder prior to browning. You can add a splash of soy sauce to this if you want to. This has a nice sweet and sour taste to it, my mouth is watering just writing this!
Great everyday pork chop recipe! Very quick & easy - Tangy too!
This was wonderful. I took others advice and lowered the temp down to 350. I also used boneless pork chops. YUMMY!!
I am going to make this again and again!
You can alter this recipe by using a boneless pork roast instead of chops and the flavor is still wonderful. Also, try using french dressing or fat free dressing, you will also get tasty results. One of my favorite recipes.
This was one of the best pork chop reicipes I've ever made and very easy. It was very flavorful and I will definitely make it again.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 286
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