Pork Chops and Apples

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A beautiful fall dish that steps up to the Fall Challenge. Today’s recipe is a classic favorite: pork chops and apples. This is one of my favorite midweek dishes. It’s low maintenance, cooks up under 30 minutes, and offers a juicy meat with tangy undertones. The addition of herbs gives it a savory thrill on the side.

Salt and pepper the chops.

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Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chops to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes per each side, or until browned. Transfer to a warm plate and cover.

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Reduce heat to medium. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in skillet. Add 3 medium cored and sliced apples, 1 small sliced red onion, 4 to 6 garlic cloves, and 3 tablespoons of roughly chopped fresh sage. Cook for 5 minutes, tossing occasionally to prevent burning.

I like to use Jonagolds for their crisp honey-tart flavor, but this dish adjusts well to any apple. The crisp apples hold up better when cooking. The softer apples will turn mushy quickly so adjust your cooking time accordingly.

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Stir in a 1/2 cup apple cider and 1 teaspoon fennel seed. Return the pork chops to the skillet. Cover and cook for an additional 5 – 10 minutes, or until the pork juices run clear when pierced with a fork and the sauce is reduced by half. You want the pork to reach a temperature of 150° in the thickest part of the meat when the meat thermometer is inserted.

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Now close your eyes and inhale deeply. Smells like autumn in your kitchen, doesn’t it! Please share your likes and comments! – Ella💙

Pork Chops and Apples
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy dinner ideas, pork, apples, sage
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Ella@thewackyspoon.com
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons butter divided
  • 4 pork chops thick cut
  • 3 medium Jonagold apples cored and sliced
  • 1 small red onion sliced
  • 4 – 6 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons fresh sage roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Salt and pepper the chops. Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chops to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes per each side, or until browned. Transfer to a warm plate and cover.
  2. Reduce heat to medium. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in skillet. Add the apples, onion, garlic, and fresh sage. Cook for 5 minutes, tossing occasionally to prevent burning. Stir in the apple cider and fennel. Return the pork chops to the skillet. Cover and cook for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, or until the pork juices run clear when pierced with a fork and the sauce is reduced by half.
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