This week, we watched the 2011 remake of Fright Night and made some Apple Pork Chops. (P.S. The vampire in Fright Night is named Jerry)
Jerry’s Sherry Apple Pork Chops
3 pork chops
1 1/2 large apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1/8 c packed brown sugar
1/4 t ground cinnamon
1 T butter
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 c dry sherry
- In a large skillet, brown chops, about 2 minutes each side; reserve.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Arrange apple slices in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish.
- Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon.
- Dot with butter or margarine.
- Top with browned pork chops and season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour sherry over all.
- Cover and bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour or until tender and internal temperature of pork has reached 160 degrees F.
Morgan’s Take: This was delicious. I’m not sure what it is about pork, apples and cinnamon but they just taste amazing together. This tried and true combo remains awesome in this dish. It’s not too sweet, which I was slightly concerned about, and the apples just go so great with this. I scarfed mine down, and easily could have eaten more.
The only thing I would have changed about this is the whole glaze. It wasn’t very glaze like, more like a flavored cooking liquid. I think next time, and there will be a next time, I’ll hold the chops once they are done and pour off the liquid and reduce it a bit until it thickens into a true glaze-like consistency. But other than that, this was a stellar meal!
Final Grade: A
Andy’s Take:I’m pretty fond of sweet foods. Not necessarily candy, but just foods with a sweet flavor. That in mind, this was really great. The combination of the brown sugar and the naturally sweet apples melded perfectly and was really fantastic with the pork chop. The sherry didn’t really add any flavor to it, except as a conduit to hold the sweetness of everything. I agree with Morgan about cooking it down into more of a glaze, but other than that, this is a really great way to have pork chops.
Final Grade: A
Fright Night tells the story of a kid who used to be a geek who lives with his mom and then a vampire named Jerry moves next door and starts killing people. The kids’s old geeky friend, McLovin, tells kid but kid doesn’t believe him. Until McLovin goes missing.
Morgan’s Take: At first I wasn’t sure if this was going to be some sort of horror movie spoof or a legit PG13 horror movie. I got my answer before the opening credits even ended. I found this to be a surprisingly enjoyable movie. The characters were for the most part likable and believable. I was even surprised when the main characters girlfriend turned out to not be a cheating ho bag. Go figure!
There are a few main things that I took away from this movie. Collin Ferrel makes a decent evil vampire and McLovin makes an absolutely terrible vampire hunter and an even worse vampire. Seriously, it was just pathetic. McLovin aside, the movie was a fun watch. I loved what’s his face, the cross between Criss Angel and Russel Brand. He was amazing. As you can tell by my genius recollection of the names, this movie, while enjoyable, certainly did not profoundly impact me.
I also really liked the vampires themselves and how they were portrayed in this movie. I just thought it was interesting and nifty. So to sum up, wildly entertaining, McLovin should stay far away from the world of the undead, but also pretty darn predictable, especially at the end.
Final Grade: A-
Andy’s Take: So I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. I figured it would just be a vampire horror movie, but I’d say it was more a vampire action adventure comedy movie. Unlike your standard horror movie, there wasn’t a large group of people that all hung around the main character and got killed; random people just got murdered and a lot of time wasn’t spent on it. The main kid also didn’t do a whole lot of stupid things (other than trying to take on a vampire.)
McLovin has a few pretty good scenes; he starts out as a near copy of every other character he’s ever played, and keeps that but also manages to be funny with the situations he’s placed in. Colin Farrel plays a really good attractive asshole vampire. As soon as you see him you instantly start hating him, and that’s perfect. It’s a pretty good movie that I’ll probably end up watching again.
Ohh, also, the end didn’t have one of those “OHH LOOK MAYBE THERE ACTUALLY IS A VAMPIRE THE END????” sort of things, which always piss me off.