There’s been an awful lot of apples and cider, sage and rosemary, molasses and brown sugar thrown around in my kitchen this fall. And plenty of pork. I feel like I’m heading into a flavor rut, yet I can’t help myself; these ingredients just sing fall and it’s exactly what I’m craving this time of year.
So even though I’d been planning to shake things up a bit last weekend, I was dying to try a recipe for slow-cooked cider beans I’d seen a few days before. They looked like an autumnal take on baked beans, one of my favorite guilty pleasures of summer. In the recipe, beans are simmered in apple cider with molasses and mustard. I decided to make it my own and braise country style pork ribs along with the beans.
And I’m glad did! I’m glad I didn’t try too hard to reroute my food rut because it ended up being totally delicious and exactly right for a fall weekend.