Throughout the Harry Potter books, there are some foods that are mentioned in one line and not elaborated on more than that. One such recipe is the pork chops that Albus Dumbledore orders for his meal at the Yule Ball in Goblet of Fire. It’s fun to work with some unexplained recipes as well because it gives me more of a chance to try out my own take on the food.
If you have only watched the movies, then this reference is completely skipped over. During the Yule Ball, after the champions have their opening dance, everyone sits down at some tables to have dinner. There aren’t any waiters, and no one knows what to do after reading the menu until Dumbledore tells his plate “pork chops” and the food magically appears. After dinner is when the wizarding band The Weird Sisters performs and all of the students are dancing (except Harry and Ron and the Patil twins) as shown in the movie.
Triwizard banners in the queue line for the dragon challenge ride at Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, FL
There was no food as yet on the glittering golden plates, but small menus were lying in front of each of them. Harry picked his up uncertainly and looked around – there were no waiters. Dumbledore, however, looked carefully down at his own menu, then said very clearly to his plate, “pork chops!”
And pork chops appeared. Getting the idea, the rest of the table placed their order with their plates too.
-Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Since that is the only description given, I decided to try a recipe I’ve been wanting for a long time. I’ve heard of and seen many recipes for apples cooked with pork, but never tried it. For some reason, the combination always seemed a bit odd. But now that I’ve eaten it, I am a firm believer in the two together! It helps, too, that I had a bag of apples in the refrigerator that we hadn’t eaten and needed to use soon.
One of the members of our Harry Potter Club is lactose-intolerant, so this was a great recipe to share since there is no dairy in it either. There’s also only one tablespoon of flour to any thickener to make this a gluten-free recipe.
In a small bowl, mix together all of the seasonings: flour, salt, rubbed sage, minced garlic, thyme leaves, allspice, and paprika.
Use one tablespoon of the seasoning mixture to sprinkle on both sides of the pork chops. Save the rest of the seasoning mix for later.
In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, warm the oil, then add the pork chops. Brown the pork on both sides until they are almost done, then remove them from the skillet.
Add the onion and cook for about 3 minutes, until they start to soften.
Add the apples to the onion and cook for another 2 minutes while stirring.
In a medium bowl, combine the apple juice, brown sugar, and remaining seasoning mixture together. Return the pork chops to the pan and pour in the juice mix.
Bring it all to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pan and let the meat simmer for about 5 minutes or until the pork is cooked.
Serve warm with some of the apple and onions on top of the pork.
Apple and Sage Pork Chops
- 1 tsp flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp rubbed sage
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp thyme leaves
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 4 pork chops (boneless)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion (thinly sliced)
- 2 apples (thinly sliced)
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- In a small bowl, mix the flour, salt, sage, garlic, thyme, allspice, and paprika
- Sprinkle one tablespoon of seasoning mixture over both sides of the pork chops and save the rest for later
- In a large skillet, warm the oil over medium-high heat
- Brown the pork chops on both sides until they are almost cooked
- Remove the pork from the pan and add the sliced onion, cooking for about 3 minutes
- Add the sliced apples to the pan with the onions and cook another 2 minutes
- In a medium bowl, combine the apple juice, brown sugar, and remaining seasoning mixture
- Return the pork chops to the pan and pour the juice mixture into the pan
- Bring it to a boil then reduce the heat to low
- Cover and simmer for about 5 minutes or until the pork chops are done
- Serve warm with the apples and onions over the pork