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Published: Thursday, 3/8/2007

Home-Cooked Comfort Food In A Matter Of Minutes

(NAPSI)-Chilly weather calls for the warm comfort of a home-cooked meal -- and finding the time to prepare comfort foods on weeknights does not have to be a challenge.

Here's a quick entr e that satisfies, and best of all, it is ready for the table in about 20 minutes.

Begin with boneless pork chops, thinly cut. Alternately, a whole pork tenderloin found in many meat counters these days may be cut in quarter-inch slices. First a quick browning in the skillet, then apples, raisins and apple juice make the base for a sauce prepared in the same pan. Natural raisins and apples pair nicely with pork, and they add a nutritious serving of fruit to the menu.

Complete the meal with steamed green vegetables or a salad.

When company comes, this is a dish easily dressed up for a special occasion. Prepare a wild rice blend for an additional side along with the vegetables. The rice can be made in advance and simply reheated before serving.

Pork Skillet with Apples and Raisins

2 lbs. boneless pork tenderloins, cut thin, 1/4-inch slices

Garlic salt

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 cup apple juice

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 tart apples, sliced

1 cup Sun-Maid Natural Raisins or Golden Raisins

1 cup half-and-half

1/3 cup sliced green onions

Sprinkle pork cutlets with garlic salt. In large skillet, heat oil; quickly brown pork a few slices at a time. Return pork and any juices to skillet.

Combine apple juice and flour; pour into skillet. Add apple slices and raisins. Cook, stirring frequently, until mixture comes to a boil and thickens. Cover; reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes or until pork is tender. Remove pork, apples and raisins to serving dish; keep warm.

Bring pan juices to boil; blend in half-and-half. Cook until slightly thickened. Pour sauce over pork, apples and raisins. Sprinkle with green onions. Serves 4 to 6.

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