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Entry from April 17, 2019
Pork Chops and Applesauce

"Pork chops and applesauce” is a popular combination. “I see an abundance of lamb chops cooking at one fire, while the other is engaged with pork chops and apple sauce” was printed in the New-York (NY) Times on September 10, 1861. Wikipedia entry states that this is “a traditional dish in Spain and the United Kingdom,” but citations appear first from the United States.

“Pork chops and applesauce” was a dinner on the American sitcom The Brady Bunch, the episode “The Personality Kid” written by Ben Starr that originally aired on October 22, 1971. The young Peter Brady was impersonating the actor Humphrey Bogart when he said the “pork chops and apple shaush” line.


Wikipedia: Pork chops and applesauce
Pork chops and applesauce is a traditional dish in Spain and the United Kingdom, consisting of cooked pork chops and apple sauce. The pork chops can be pan-fried, baked or broiled, and the meat is sometimes breaded prior to cooking.  Some people consider the dish to be a comfort food.
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In popular culture
In episode #55 of The Brady Bunch titled “The Personality Kid” that aired in 1971, the phrase “pork chops and applesauce” is stated by Peter Brady (played by Christopher Knight) using an impression of the voice of Humphrey Bogart. It has been described as a famous catchphrase of the television show.

10 September 1861, New-York (NY) Times, “The Tammany Regiment,” pg. 8, col. 2:
I see an abundance of lamb chops cooking at one fire, while the other is engaged with pork chops and apple sauce.

10 March 1877, The People’s Vindicator (Natchitoches, LA), “Good Dinners,” pg. 4, col. 1:
BILL OF FARE FOR EIGHT PERSONS.
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Pork chops, breaded; apple sauce;

22 May 1888, Montgomery (AL) Advertiser, “The True Blues,” pg. 1, col. 3:
Pork Chops. Apple Sauce.

July 1893, Good Housekeeping (New York, NY), pg. 23, col. 1:
Pork Chops and Apple Sauce.
Fry in own fat, and serve with sauce of cored, sliced apples stewed in brown stock, seasoned with salt and cayenne, and strained.

Google Books
11 November 1893, The Enquirer (Cincinnati, OH), pg. 13, col. 3:
PORK CHOPS AND APPLE SAUCE.
Fry in own fat and serve with sauce of cored, sliced apples stewed in brown stock, seasoned with salt and cayenne, and strained.

OCLC WorldCat record
Pork chops and applesauce : a collection of recipes and reflections
Author: Cynthia A Briggs
Publisher: Bloomington, IN : [1st Books Library], ©2003.
Edition/Format: Print book : English

YouTube
Peter Brady as Humphrey Bogart: ‘Porkchops & Applesauce’ | The Brady Bunch | TV Land
TV Land
Published on Oct 31, 2013
What’s for dinner at the Brady household? Porkchops & Applesauce! Peter does his best impersonation of Humphrey Bogart in an attempt to come up with a new personality for himself.

Brady Bunch Reviewed
Episode 6: The Personality Kid
bradybunchreviewed
Posted on August 25, 2017
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Carol greets Mike and does her own version of “pork chops and apple shaush” for him and lets him know that Peter has taken on Humphrey Bogart’s personality.  Peter enters and utters his famous line one last time.  Mike is charitable and tells Peter he is doing a fine impression.  Peter soon realizes this new personality is a flop too.  Mike explains it is not Peter’s new personality, but Humphrey Bogart’s old one.  Peter then walks away dejected. 

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Wednesday, April 17, 2019 • Permalink