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In real life, Ann B. Davis, who played beloved housekeeper Alice Nelson on The Brady Bunch, couldn’t cook. But that didn’t stop the actress, who died on June 1 at 88, from pretending she was a pro in the kitchen on the classic TV series.
Viewers watched Alice fake-make everything from pot roast to chocolate-chip cookies, often surrounded by the six hungry Brady children.
And one dish that she prepared on-screen with help from Brady mom, Carol (Florence Henderson), became one of the famous catchphrases of the sitcom: pork chops and applesauce.
In a classic 1971 episode, Peter Brady — who thinks he needs a more exciting personality — asks what’s for dinner and is told “pork chops and applesauce.” He repeats it, using a tough-guy accent a la legendary movie actor Humphrey Bogart. Davis offers up her own bad Bogart impression, clenched teeth and all, as she tears lettuce into a bowl.
You might not cook in a groovy avocado-and-orange kitchen like Alice, but you can prepare a Brady-style meal with a pork chops and applesauce recipe from MyRecipes.com, featured below.
Or for a more modern version, try Elizabeth Hurley's Pork Chops and Baked Apples, made with white wine, brown sugar and butter.
Just make sure to eat either dish while watching classic Alice moments on The Brady Bunch: The sitcom, which ran from 1969 to 1974, now airs on TV Land.
Pan-Fried Pork Chops and Homemade Applesauce
For the applesauce:
1 tbsp. butter
3 apples, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped, about 4 cups
½ cup water
3 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
⅛ tsp. salt
1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add apples to pan; cook 4 minutes, stirring frequently.
2. Add water, sugar, juice and salt to pan; cover. Cook 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender.
3. Mash gently with the back of a spoon.
For the pork chops:
½ cup all-purpose flour
4 (5 oz.) bone-in center-cut pork chops
½ tsp. salt
⅛ tsp. pepper
2 tbsp. canola oil
1. Place flour in a shallow dish. Sprinkle pork evenly with ½ tsp. salt and pepper; dredge pork in flour.
2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add pork to pan; cook 5 minutes or until golden. Turn pork over; cook 3 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Serve with applesauce.