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 [premium title=”Elizabeth Hurley’s Pork Chops and Baked Apples” url=”https://www.people.com/people/premium/celebfood/recipe/0,,20710832,00.html”], 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.