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Apple Spice Pork Chops

$7.41 recipe / $1.85 serving

Are y’all ready for this?

…no, no, I don’t think you are.

Okay, if you insist… But if your head explodes upon contemplating the deliciousness of this recipe, don’t say I didn’t try to warn you.

I don’t even know if I can describe it… it’s just wonderful. No, it’s more than wonderful. The brown sugar and butter create an amazing caramel like sauce that drenches the pork chops in a deep, rich, sweetness. Add a little spice from the cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper and you’ve got a carnival in your mouth. Pork heaven.

Also, since the chops simmer in the delicious sauce there is not even a fraction of a possibility that chops will end up as dry hockey pucks. No, they’re juicy, rich, sweet and savory all at one time. *mouth watering as I type*

A couple of notes: I used boneless, center cut, thick chops but you use bone-in as well. I chose fuji apples for this recipe because I wanted something that was halfway between sweet and tart. I would suggest using any variety that is sweet but not sickeningly so. You want a little “acid” in there.

Apple Spice Pork Chops

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apple spice pork chops
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Total Cost: $7.41
Cost Per Serving: $1.85
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 thick cut pork chops $5.01
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil $0.06
  • a sprinkle salt and pepper $0.05
  • 1 med onion $0.38
  • 2 med apples $1.69
  • 2 Tbsp butter $0.07
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar $0.02
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon $0.02
  • ⅛ tsp nutmeg $0.02
  • 1 tsp chicken or vegetable bouillon $0.09
  • 1 cup water $0.00
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Add the bouillon, 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.
  5. 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.
Notes
Adapted from this recipe on Marthastewart.com
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Step By Step Photos

58ce133af3 Apple Spice Pork ChopsOpen the package of pork chops and season one side with salt and pepper. Heat a large, heavy skillet with vegetable oil over medium-high heat.

31dac2be98 Apple Spice Pork ChopsWhen the oil is very hot (it should look wavy), add the chops, seasoning side down. Season the second side with salt and pepper. Let the chops sizzle in the skillet, without disturbing them until they form a brown crust.

aed6c437e9 Apple Spice Pork ChopsWhen the chops have seared and formed a crust, they will no longer stick to the pan and you can turn them over and cook the second side in the same manner.

a202e9d768 Apple Spice Pork ChopsWhile the chops are doing their thing, get out your onion and apples. Wash the apples well.

e21394f6f8 Apple Spice Pork ChopsSlice the onion thinly. Core and slice the apples into wedges. Next time I think I’ll slice the apples a little thinner.

a36761fe26 Apple Spice Pork ChopsOnce the pork chops have seared on both sides, remove them to a plate. Add the apples, onion and butter to the skillet.

d4dc0e405e Apple Spice Pork ChopsStir them all around so that the butter and juices from the apples and onion deglaze the pan (deglaze = dissolve all of the crusted pork goodness stuck to the pan). Cook them down for about 5 minutes or until they begin to soften.

bb66cf5bed Apple Spice Pork ChopsAdd the water, bouillon, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. I didn’t bother measuring the nutmeg and cinnamon, just go ahead and sprinkle some in there. Stir it all around to mix everything together.

74dc9e4390 Apple Spice Pork ChopsAdd the chops back to the pan and nestle them down in all of that goodness. See them hiding down in there? Continue to let everything simmer until the liquid reduces by half. Stir everything around every few minutes or so.

aa5fd51d02 Apple Spice Pork ChopsServe each chop with some apples, onions and sauce spooned over top!

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Pork rapture, y’all.

I felt kinda weird about using someone else’s image (pork rapture) that I found on google until I opened their website and saw that they borrowed my meatball sub photo in a recent post… what a coincidence!!

Pre-measured spices1-1/2 tsp. of McCormick rubbed sage1 tsp. of McCormick minced garlic1 tsp. McCormick thyme leaves1/2 tsp. of McCormick ground allspice1/2 tsp. of McCormick paprikaRecipe card includ...
Brand: McCormickMerchant: Walmart US
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A standout recipe from Plated's upcoming cookbook, this one is a perennial kitchen favorite. Delectable pork chops are pan-seared and served with a buttery sauce made in the same pan as the meat to in...
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