There is just something about the tastes of pork and apples – they just go together so well! I made this meal the other night and my children just loved the sweetness of the apples with their meat. Of course, my husband still pulled out the barbecue sauce to dip his chops, but after 19 years of marriage, I have pretty much given up on trying to get him to stop putting ketchup or barbecue sauce on everything!
Anyway – this is a great recipe, but there is one important part not to forget in the prep-work. Be sure to trim as much visible fat from your chops as you can! If you don't, then as the chops cook in the pan and the fat cooks off, you will be pretty much boiling your apples in the melted fat – not good!
- 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
- 4 boneless pork chops, trimmed of all visible fat
- 4 large apples (I like using Granny Smith apples)
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Core and slice the apples (you can also peel them if you like - I prefer leaving the peel).
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a non-stick skillet, melt the butter or heat up the olive oil. Brown the pork chops 2-3 minutes on each side.
- Spread the apple slices in the bottom of a large baking dish.
- Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle over the apples.
- Lay the pork chops on top of the apples.
- Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes