apple pork chops

Apple Pork Chops

When it comes to flavor combinations, you can’t go wrong with apples and pork chops. I vaguely recall a childhood meal of pork chops, applesauce, and mashed potatoes. There had to have been some spinach or greens with all that, too. (I was probably trying to forget that part, so this meal must be from my spinach-hating phase.) At any rate, it’s that smidge of a memory that led me to create Apple Pork Chops.

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To be fair, I also created it to satisfy dear, sweet husband’s love of pork. I like that it’s made for a side of mashed potatoes. As we get longer into winter—and it gets colder—some warm, comfort food really hits the spot. A good old-fashioned scratch biscuit would create a trifecta of Southern comfort. With the weather patterns this winter, even southern Texans could use a little comfort about now, and some electricity! Some, like one of my brothers, could use some un-busted water pipes! I send positive thoughts to all caught in the path of this unprecedented winter storm. May you and yours be safe, and may warmer temperatures arrive soon.

About Apple Pork Chops

As the name suggests, Apple Pork Chops is made of apples and pork chops—boneless sirloin, to be specific—and a little green onion. It’s classic, pan-fried fare. Granny Smith apples lend the right flavor combination for a savory dish that is perfect with mashed potatoes. (You can add a side of greens, too, if you like.) 

Don’t eat pork? Why not substitute chicken? Don’t eat meat? Why not try some tofu or a plant-based sausage? It’s easy to cut the salt to meet dietary needs, too. Serve up some hot—or hard—cider to round out your meal.

“Some foods are so comforting, so nourishing of body and soul, that to eat them is to be home again after a long journey. To eat such a meal is to remember that, though the world is full of knives and storms, the body is built for kindness.”

Eli Brown
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Apple Pork Chops

Apple Pork Chops are pan-fried sirloin chops with a savory apple and green onion topping. Great with a side of potatoes and some green beans.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword apples, pork, pork chops, savory
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 2 chops
Author Lisa Kamolnick

Ingredients

  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp sage
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • ¼ tsp parsley
  • tsp crushed rosemary
  • 2 TSBP grapeseed or vegetable oil
  • 2 large to 4 small pork chops
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ C cider vinegar
  • 1 apple diced (Granny Smith works well)
  • 1 green onion sliced (sub with ¼ yellow onion)

Instructions

Pork chops

  • Heat oil in pan on medium
  • Add seasonings and stir together.
  • Lightly salt top side of chops and turn, salt the other side.
  • Add chops to pan, brown single until bottom is browned and blood stops running out of chop. Flip with tongs and brown the other side until pork is cooked through (145° F). About 25 minutes total. Set aside.

Topping

  • While chop is browning, prep apple and green onion.
  • After setting aside pork, turn heat to medium low.
  • Add cider vinegar, apple and onion.
  • Scrape brown bits from pan and sauté until apple and onion are tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add topping over plated pork chops.

Notes

Serving Suggestions
Keep it casual and serve Apple Pork Chops with a side of mashed potatoes, green beans and a biscuit or corn muffin.  Want more apple? Add a side of apple sauce and some polenta.
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