Pork Chops with Apples
I’ve never tried actual pork chops with apples. My mom had prepared pork chops with applesauce many times for me as a child, though. It was one of the only ways I enjoyed eating pork chops when I had to.
I’m excited to see what pork chops with apples (sliced) might taste like! I absolutely love apples, especially cooked.
If you want to get technical, I’m sure you could just serve pork chops with sliced apples alongside them for dessert. But if you’re looking to serve sweet, savory, warm apples with your pork chops, consider learning how to make this dish with me!
What Do I Need for Pork Chops with Apples?
- Most recipes call for bone-in chops for the most flavor. I will use a 3/4-inch, bone-in pork chop for my first time. The cooking time for your chops will change if you use boneless.
- 1 semi-sweet apple (or more!). You can peel it, I’ve decided not to. You will definitely want to slice them, though. Do it as thick or as thin as you’d like. The thinner they are, the quicker they’ll cook and are likely to get crispy.
- 1/3 tsp cinnamon.
- 2 tsp brown sugar.
- A light drizzle of honey (maybe 1 tsp).
- Long casserole dish, not square.
- A skillet.
- Meat thermometer.
Anything else is all up to you! I wish to enjoy this as a mostly sweet dinner, so I’m not going to season my pork chops.
How to Make Pork Chops with Apples
- Set your oven to 350°F.
- Place your sliced apples, cinnamon, and sugar in the casserole dish.
- Cover the dish with foil and bake up to 15 minutes. (Your kitchen is going to smell so good at this point!)
- Halfway through baking the apples, warm a skillet over medium heat.
- While waiting on the skillet to warm, you may trim any fat on the pork. (Or not, but I’m definitely going to!)
This gives me the opportunity to make sure my apples don’t overcook and remove them in time, too!
- Place the trimmed pork into the warm skillet and cook, turning once, for a few minutes.
I’d do it until the edges look a little brown. Just don’t cook the pork chops so long they dry out in the skillet.
- Set the pork chops on top of the apples in the casserole dish and drizzle with honey.
- Cover the dish with foil again and bake for approximately 9-15 minutes.
- If the apples are soft, and the chops aren’t pink (internal temp has reached 145°F or higher), remove the dish from the oven!
I can’t wait to see what this tastes like, and since I didn’t season the pork chops, I wonder how the honey drizzle did!