You guys. This dish is AH-MAZING. I’m not kidding when I say it’s like eating apple pie with your pork chops. But not in a weird way like that combo sounds like it would be. In a delicious I want to make this all of the time kind of way. Because that’s how I feel about this dish. I was looking for something easy and something fall. I have been very much in the mood for fall lately and this dish hit the exact spot I had to fill. I found this recipe on Pinterest and that pin took me to Budget Bytes where I found the actual recipe. I’m going to post the recipe here, but it’s really all thanks to Beth that we all now have this delicious dish in our lives (so if you make it, thank her, because she should be thanked).
(I halved Beth’s recipe because we only had 2 pork chops and it was plenty for 2 adults, but then I was sad there were no leftovers so take your chances with the halving).
- 4 pork chops
- 2 apples
- 1 onion
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp chicken/vegetable broth
- 1 c. water
- salt and pepper to taste
Heat the vegetable oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. While the skillet is heating, open the pork chops and season one side with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Once the oil is hot (it should look wavy or ripply) place the chops in the pan, seasoned side down. Season the other side and let the chops cook undisturbed for 5-7 minutes or until the bottoms form a nice brown crust. If your chops are sticking to the pan, that means they have not formed a crust yet. They will “let go” once the crust forms. Flip the chops and cook the second side in the same manner. It should take 5-7 minutes for each side.
(this is when it starts to smell really good in your kitchen, but just know it gets so much better.)
While the chops are searing, thinly slice the onion. Wash, core and slice the apples into thin wedges. Once the chops have seared on both sides, remove them from the pan and add the apples, onion and butter. Stir and cook for about five minutes or until the apples and onions begin to soften.
Add the broth, water, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg to the skillet with the apples and onions. Stir until everything is mixed together then return the chops to the pan. Nestle the chops down in the mixture, making sure some onions and apples are on top of the chops.
(this is when the real delicious smells start to fill your kitchen)
Simmer the chops in the apple/onion mixture for about 10-15 minutes or until the liquid has reduced by half. Stir occasionally, moving the apples and onions around so they all have a chance to simmer and soften. Serve each chop with apples, onions and sauce spooned over top.
And then you can enjoy this delicious dish. Sorry this picture looks not so pretty, but I’m not a real food blogger I’m just a real person taking pictures of the food I make.