Why Do We Eat Apple Sauce with Pork Chops?

Why Do We Eat Apple Sauce with Pork Chops?

Pork chops and applesauce; they just kinda go together, don’t they? But why do they go together? It’s a good question, and one we decided to get to the bottom of. Would you believe that people have been eating pork chops with applesauce for centuries? Recipes have been found dating back to the 1300s!

Medieval European cooks were making both sweet and tart applesauces to accompany a variety of different recipes. This practice reached across history, and 19th century cookbooks confirm applesauce’s popularity as it shows up many times, although it is frequently referred to by a different name. It was common practice in those days to refer to a recipe by the name of the food it was accompanying, so an applesauce may be called “sauce for goose”.

In terms of combining applesauce with pork, well, it came down to simple logic. Back in the day they didn’t have access to high quality meat like we do today. They were pretty much stuck with whatever they could get and had to make do, and looked into options to offset or mask potential quality issues with their meat. So when pork was found it was likely to be of lower quality and quite fatty, and the acidity of apples could help with the digestion of the fat. It’s a practice that has been used for quite some time. In fact, the ancient Roman cookbook Apicius gave a recipe of pork cooked with apples! So it seems like combining these items has been quite common for a long time.

While it may not be as necessary as it used to be to combine pork and apple sauce (since we have much better quality pork available), it still can be quite delicious. Why not try our recipe for Sweet and Spicy Chops with Apples?