Apples are a pork chop’s best friend, and everybody knows it. Though most people have served pork chops with applesauce at some point, large, tender slices of sautéed apple are an even better addition. Caramelized onions and seasonings bring savory depth to the dish, combining with the apples to make a warm slaw you serve piled right over each pork chop. Home cooking at its finest!

Pork Chops with Apples & Onions
 
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Recipe type: Everyday Meals
Makes: 4 Dinner portions
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ½ pounds, 4–6 ounce pork loin chops
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 apples, cored and thinly sliced (see tip)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • ⅓ cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground mustard
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
Directions
  1. Add the olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat, and heat until the oil thins and coats the skillet.
  2. Generously season both sides of the pork chops with the salt, pepper, and thyme.
  3. Place the seasoned chops into the skillet, and cook for 3–4 minutes on each side, until browned, and slicing into the thickest chop reveals no pink. Remove from skillet, and cover with aluminum foil.
  4. Reduce heat to medium, and add the onion, apples, and 1 tablespoon of butter to the skillet. Sauté for 5 minutes, or until onions are lightly caramelized.
  5. Deglaze the skillet with the chicken stock, scraping any browned pork and onions from the bottom. Once deglazed, add the brown sugar, cider vinegar, mustard, and allspice. Sauté for an additional 4–5 minutes, or until apples are tender.
  6. Remove the skillet from heat, and stir in chopped sage and the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter. Return the pork chops to the skillet, and cover with the apples and onions before serving.
Pork Chops with Apple & Onions

HELPFUL TIP: It is not necessary to peel the apples in this recipe. Not only does the final dish look better with the peel on, but there are tons of nutrients contained within that peel!
Serving size: ¼ pork chop Calories: 100