October 25, 2011

Pork and Apple Kabobs with Caramel-Walnut Sauce

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Ok I think it's time to confess that I seriously have an issue with cookie books and magazines. There is not a store I enter without it trickling in the back of my mind that there might be cooking magazines here, and in all honesty...I am right.

I first discovered my FAVORITE cooking magazine Fine Cooking {best magazine on the planet} at the Home Depot while my boyfriend was trying to decide between the 900 different varieties of sheetrock, wood and trim {yikes}. Lucky me, I was so engulfed in recipe after recipe that I never noticed we had been in the same isle, looking at the same items for almost an hour.

{This is also where I play my 'Best Girlfriend Ever' card because I go with him to pick out his tools and scrap pieces when in actuality I am nose deep in a new magazine trying to decide if I should buy it}

The point you might ask... well, since this little addiction started I have now brought on a mass collection of magazines that seem to be taking over my little corner of the living room and I think it's enough of a problem to call attention to.

I have started to pick through the magazines that are not 100% cooking and pulling out all the recipes that I think would be fantastic and compiling everything into my master recipe binder. 

{In theory this all sounds wonderful, but the process is long and very very clutter-some}. I mean, who can look through a magazine for recipes without getting caught up in a few, spend a little too much time browsing and before you know it, it's dinner time and I am sitting in a huge mess of crumbled papers and stacks of more magazines to go through. UHGH! 
The highlight of this silly story is that I came across these amazing kabobs that I just had to make. The recipe seemed easy enough, most of the added ingredients were already in the house and it was perfectly matched with the fall season... love, love love.
This dinner was a cinch to put together and the dribbled delicious caramel-walnut sauce was to die for...so rich and nutty. A perfect pairing for the pork and apples, and can you believe that each kabob is only 96 calories. I KNOW!

With guests on their way or a quiet night at home, these kabobs make a fabulous showing and aromatically draw everyone right to the dinner table. 
Pork and Apple Kabobs with Caramel-Walnut Sauce
Photos by A Healthy Jalapeño
Recipe adopted by Cuisine Lite

2 cortland apples, cut into 12 pieces each
1 lb pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into 24 pieces
1 red onion, peeled and cut into 12 pieces
12 wooden skewers, soaked in water

1 tbsp garlic, minced
1 tsp olive oil
1 cup chicken broth, preferably low sodium
3 tbsp packed brown sugar
1 tbsp cider vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp half and half
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped

Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Brush grill grate with oil. 

Thread 2 apple slices, 2 pork pieces and 1 onion onto the end of each skewer, beginning and ending with the apple pieces. Spray skewers with non stick spray and place on grill.

Grill kabobs, covered, until pork is cooked through, 4 minutes per side.
Saute garlic in oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in broth and brown sugar and cook until liquid is reduced by half and thickens, about 10 minutes.

Add vinegar and salt and cook 1 minute more. Remove from heat and stir in half and half and walnuts. Place skewers on plates or a platter and spoon sauce over top.

Serve immediately.


Jennifer @ Mother Thyme said...

I can totally relate with you! Every time I am at the store I have to look at the cookbooks and magazines. This recipe look delicious! We love making kabobs and I love the combination of ingredients and flavors in this dish!

Laura Jeanne said...

Jennifer, t's an addiction isn't it??? lol. {One that I love of course} and yes I loved this combination, half of the reason it jumped off the page for me, and it was delicious on top of that. Healthy and yummy, I am always in.

Willa@ArmstrongFamilyFare said...

These look really really good!! I think I'm going to work them into next weeks menu! Thanks for sharing!

Samantha @ Ferraro Kitchen said...

Love combo! I always love apples and pork together so this is awesome! And grilling always goes on all year long here in So cal!

Autumn@Good Eats Girl said...

I need these in my life. Very soon! Kabobs are always great, but these look amazing!

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

What a great idea for fall kabobs!!