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Apple Pork Chops


Posted: October 7

Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

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The more mild, almost sweet flavor of pork surprisingly pairs well with the tart sweetness of fresh apples. Apple Pork Chops pairs the two together on one plate, marrying the flavors into a sweet and savory blend. Slathered over top with tangy, rich, herby pan sauce, Apple Pork Chops is filling and fanciful with fun flavors for a fantastic dinner. You’ll be licking your lips as you set this main course on the table.


Ingredients

3 tablespoons butter, divided
4 (5-6 ounce) bone-in pork chops
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons apple cider, divided
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon fresh sage, chopped
3 apples, cored and thinly sliced

Directions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 2

In a large oven-safe skillet, melt 1 1/2 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat on the stove-top.

Step 3

Generously season the pork with salt and pepper.

Step 4

Place the pork in the skillet and cook until you achieve a deep golden brown on all sides, about 6 minutes on each side.

Step 5

Add 1/2 cup of the cider to the pan, then place in the oven to roast to your preferred level of doneness, about 10-15 minutes. For a medium-well, roast the chops for about 10 minutes. For well-done, roast for 15 minutes.

Step 6

While the pork is roasting, using a separate skillet, cook the sliced apples for 5 minutes with the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter over medium-high heat.

Step 7

Add in the remaining 2 tablespoons of apple cider and increase the heat to high.

Step 8

Saute the apples for an additional 1-2 minutes and season with salt to taste.

Step 9

Once cooked to your desired doneness, remove the pork chops from the oven and transfer them to a plate, reserving the drippings and cider in the skillet.

Step 10

Whisk the sage and mustard into the pork drippings, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper.

Step 11

Set the apples on the plate with the pork, pouring the drippings sauce over the top. Serve with extra sauce!


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