Remove packet of almonds from package; set aside. Combine water, 1 tbsp. of the butter and content of rice and seasoning packets in saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cover tightly and simmer 10 minutes. While rice simmers, sprinkle pork with salt and pepper. Heat remaining 2 tbsp. butter in 10 inch skillet over medium heat. Add pork to skillet; cook about 5 minutes per side or until cooked through. Remove rice from heat. Stir in ham. Let stand covered until all water is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Remove pork with slotted spatula to serving plate; keep warm. Add leek to skillet; cook and stir until softened, about 2 minutes. Add apple, cream and brandy. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 3 minutes. Pour over pork; serve alongside rice. Garnish plate with apple and leek slices, if desired.
Makes 4 servings.
*NOTE: To make pork tenderloin patties, cut pork tenderloin into 4 oz. portions; flatten across grain to 1/4 inch thickness.
Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana