I’ve never been a big fan of pork chops. I think it’s because I remember them from dinners as a kid, when they would be tough and relatively flavorless. Fortunately for me, there are a couple of possible households where I could’ve eaten said tough pork chops, so I can safely keep the parent who cooked them anonymous.
Of course, it really doesn’t matter whether the meat is tough or juicy if you put enough sweetness and spice on top.
These are so easy to make and work well as leftovers, which in my book makes them a perfect weeknight dinner. And while I upped the fall flavors in these just a tad, you could leave out the allspice, nutmeg, and cloves if you prefer. I think Granny Smiths are the best kind of apples to use. They are my favorites (yes, I like them better than this season’s coveted honey crisps) and their tartness contrasts so beautifully with the sweetness of the sauce. However, feel free to sub in apples of your choosing.
Caramel apple pork chops
- 3 pork chops (3/4″ to 1″ thick)
- 1 apple, cored and thinly sliced
- 1 and 2/3 c unfiltered organic apple juice
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 1/4 packed c brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp each allspice, nutmeg, and ground cloves
- 1 and 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp each sea salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 tsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp butter
- Mix apple juice and soy sauce. Place pork chops in a shallow dish and cover with juice mix. Marinate in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes (or more if you have the patience, but I wouldn’t leave them in for more than a few hours).
- Combine sugar and spices in a small bowl.
- Heat oil in a deep skillet and add chops. Cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side over medium heat. Chops should be completely white and just starting to brown a little.
- Drain any remaining oil from the pan. Turn chops and add butter, apple slices, leftover liquid from the marinade, and spice mixture.
- Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the apples have just begun to soften. I think it’s best to keep a little crunch in your apples. If you prefer them to be very soft (like you would make for a pie), cook for an additional 5 minutes.
- Use a slotted spoon to transfer chops to a serving dish; top with apples. Serve with extra sauce on the side.
These go very well over egg noodles. I’ve found unfiltered organic apple juice at Trader Joe’s. If you can’t find it, another organic (such as the Simply brand) or even apple cider would work as well. I wouldn’t recommend using an apple juice from concentrate. Enjoy!