Apple Cider Sage Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples [Giveaway]

Main Dish, Pork | 52 comments

I like pork, but I don’t cook it as often as I should. The truth is, a lot of the time I just forget about it (unless it is bacon). This week, Land O’Lakes challenged me to express myself with a creative dinner recipe for their Weeknight Wins Blogger Challenge with Sauté Express® Sauté Starter.

Apple Cider Sage Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples

For the last month, I’ve been posting about easy Weeknight Wins along with four other food bloggers. You can repin your favorite go-to recipe ideas for each challenge from our Pinterest board.

Plus, each week there has been a new prize for you to have a chance to win! This is the last week of the Challenge, so it’s also your last chance to win.

Sauté Express® Sauté Starter is a blend of seasoned butter and olive oil that can be used to cook and flavor proteins like chicken, fish, or pork in one easy step. My challenge this week: create a recipe to highlight this fun new ingredient and “Express Myself.”

Apple Cider Sage Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples

I wanted to keep the recipe fairly simple, even though it would be more creative than your typical weeknight dinner, because I know most moms are pretty busy.

Moms want to eat something good for dinner but they don’t want to spend all day preparing it. I totally get that because I am right there with you.

My aunt makes a really great apple cider pork chop, which gave me the idea to make something along those lines. Pork chops are cooked in the Garlic Herb Sauté Express® Sauté Starter until browned.

Then they simmer in a creamy apple cider sage sauce and are topped with caramelized apples.

Apple Cider Sage Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples

It’s not your stereotypical pork chop and applesauce recipe, but still just as comforting. Meals like this are perfect during the fall, but I like to have a few recipes that fit the “comfort food” bill for those cool, rainy (or even snowy!) spring evenings.

Serve these Garlic Sage Apple Cider Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples with roasted baby red potatoes (or if you’re feeling really creative and have extra time on your hands, try these Parmesan Herb Gremolata Smashed Potatoes) and some roasted asparagus or broccoli.

Now, express yourself for a chance to win the Sauté Express® Sauté Starter Prize Pack.

Apple Cider Sage Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples

Sauté Express® Sauté Starter Prize Pack

Tell me how you would express yourself using Sauté Express® Sauté Starter. Each week, in addition to your chance to win Land O’Lakes will pick a few favorites to be featured on Land O’Lakes Weeknight Meals Pinterest Board.

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Enter The Weeknight Wins by Sauté Express® Sauté Starter Sweepstakes:

Simply leave a comment below answering one of the following questions:

How do you express yourself while you’re cooking?


What would you make with Sauté Express® Sauté Starter?

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Apple Cider Sage Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples

Yield: serves 4 - 6

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4 bone-in pork loin chops
2 Garlic Herb Sauté Express® Sauté Starter squares
1–2 tablespoons fresh sage chopped, according to preference
1 pound apples (I used Pink Lady) peeled, cored and sliced in ¼-inch slices
3 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup apple cider
1/3 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper, to taste


In a large sauté pan or cast iron skillet, melt the Sauté Express® Sauté Starter over medium heat until it begins to bubble. Pat the pork chops dry on both sides. Add the meat and cook for 3–5 minutes, or until browned. Turn and cook the other side until browned and the pork is cooked through (minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees F). While cooking, brush some of the Sauté Express® Sauté Starter on the side of the pork facing up.

In another skillet melt the butter over medium heat. Add the sugar to the butter and cook for 1 minute, or until it begins to melt. Add the apples and sauté over medium heat until the apples are browned and tender. This should take about 10–15 minutes.

In the pan with the pork chops, add the apple cider and cook over medium heat until the liquid is reduced by about half. Add the cream, bring to a boil and allow it to bubble for a few minutes until the sauce is slightly thickened. Sprinkle with fresh sage and season with salt and pepper if desired.

If serving immediately, spoon the caramelized apples on top of the pork in the pan. Alternatively, you can pass the apples separately at the table and portion them out directly on the dinner plates.

Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Land O’Lakes for an exclusive endorsement of
Sauté Express® Sauté Starter. This blog post is sponsored by Land O’Lakes. All opinions are my own.

Katie Goodman

About the Author:

Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    sara - April 23, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

    Those garlic-herb sauce starter squares sound awesome – I would use them with chicken breasts and green beans…yum!


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    Cori - April 23, 2013 @ 4:48 pm

    my husband and I cook together as often as possible. It is fun to include our son in the kitchen so he appreciates how the food is made and sees how important it is to spend time together.


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    Jpetroroy - April 23, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

    I’d definitely use them for chicken.


  • 4
    Debbra Carrick - April 23, 2013 @ 5:18 pm

    I have been wanting to make pork chops with apples for a while now, so I think I would use the starter packs for that.


  • 5
    Amy Tong - April 23, 2013 @ 5:44 pm

    The Sauté Express® Sauté Starter sounds awesome and so convenience to use. I would create a shrimp fried rice dish with it.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it


  • 6
    Ilona t - April 23, 2013 @ 7:10 pm

    I would make these pork chops!


  • 7
    Tieghan - April 23, 2013 @ 7:22 pm

    Yum! I am not normally a pork chop person, but these look so good!


  • 8
    Karen Lynch - April 23, 2013 @ 8:31 pm

    I’d like to try the lemon pepper with chicken, pasta and spring vegetables.


  • 9
    Aleah and Nick - April 23, 2013 @ 11:39 pm

    Delicious! This looks mouth-watering. We’d love to use the garlic and herb blend on grilled chicken and summer veggies!


  • 10
    Janet - April 24, 2013 @ 5:23 am

    I express myself when I am cooking by humming to the ipod music playing and I like to make simple dishes with little ingredients.


  • 11
    SusanH - April 24, 2013 @ 5:34 am

    I express myself when cooking by not only trying to be creative but by just doing my best. I like to cook my favorite peoples favorite foods.


  • 12
    Jeffrey - April 24, 2013 @ 6:27 am

    I’m a pizza guy so I love to entertain friends and family with different and strange “concoctions” that suit an array of tastbuds. Most people are adventurous, few are not- including my dad. For him, its pepperoni! Spinach is one of my favorite toppings and most pizzas I make contain garlic from my garden. I also can/preserve my own pizza sauce from my tomato harvest. When you add those little touches it shows a love and passion for the food. People see that and tend to enjoy it more, at least they act like it.


  • 13
    Lynda M. - April 24, 2013 @ 6:42 am

    I would make confetti chicken and rice. Lots of good recipes on their site to choose from!


  • 14
    Amy L - April 24, 2013 @ 7:06 am

    I would make this pork recipe. It looks amazing!


  • 15
    Megan - April 24, 2013 @ 8:01 am

    I express myself in the kitchen by changing up recipes to make them more flavorful and healthy!


  • 16
    Christina K. - April 24, 2013 @ 8:10 am

    I would use the lemon pepper flavored Saute Starter to make a quick broccoli side dish! My family loves broccoli and it’s really the only guaranteed food that both of my children will eat on any given day. Using the lemon pepper helps keep it interesting!


  • 17
    Melissa C. - April 24, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    I would make lemon pepper pork chops.


  • 18
    Felicia - April 24, 2013 @ 9:36 am

    I express myself through cooking by making every recipe my own!


  • 19
    Alicia B - April 24, 2013 @ 11:04 am

    I would try them all with different proteins, chicken, shrimp, pork, and maybe venison! They all look wonderful!


  • 20
    Juli V - April 24, 2013 @ 11:47 am

    I would love to try this recipe. It looks delicious!


  • 21
    latanya - April 24, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

    I would cook this with some chicken and vegetables.


  • 22
    Sarah L - April 24, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

    I express myself in the kitchen by using different spices in our traditional comfort foods. I mix things up based on how I feel or what’s on hand.


  • 23
    Kristen M - April 24, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

    I express myself by personalizing simple, familiar meals (e.g. fried rice) with fresh herbs and vegetables from my garden or CSA. I love the variety.


  • 24
    Natalie S - April 24, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

    I would make garlic and herb shrimp!


  • 25
    sharonjo - April 24, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

    I tend to stick pretty close to the recipe when I cook. I obviously need help in expressing myself–and not just slavishly following a list of directions. These Saute Starters would be helpful. Maybe sauté diced potatoes in the Italian Herb, then layer chicken over the top and bake (?) Melted cheese on top!


  • 26
    MaryB - April 25, 2013 @ 1:22 am

    I express myself while cooking by adding my personal touches to whatever I make and serve. My husband and I love to cook together, too, so many things are a “joint effort”. Thanks for offering the chance to win.


  • 27
    Tanya Phillips - April 25, 2013 @ 9:06 am

    I would make lots of sauteed veggies. Hubby has really been into carrots and broccoli lately, thanks for the chance! :D


  • 28
    Tracy - April 25, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

    I wonder how the lemon-pepper one would be with asparagus….


  • 29
    Margot C - April 25, 2013 @ 2:44 pm

    I think taking that Garlic Herb Sauté Express® Sauté Starter and browning up some white meat chicken, then adding some cubed zucchini and fresh tomato, reducing for about 10 more minutes while browning those vegetables then serving that over some angel hair with a dusting of romano cheese would be both easy and good.


  • 30
    Jessy - April 25, 2013 @ 7:26 pm

    I express myself while cooking by doing it with my family. When we cook together we can make a delicious meal and it is appreciated more by all. I would cook a chicken stir fry.


  • 31
    Millie - April 25, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

    I absolutely love citrus, and add something citrus-y to almost everything I cook! Lemon juice is the usual, but grapefruit is always fun to experiment with :) I also just love playing happy, upbeat music when I cook!


  • 32
    Phyllis - April 25, 2013 @ 9:34 pm

    I would make lemon pepper chicken with rice.


  • 33
    Dawn K - April 25, 2013 @ 11:24 pm

    I’d use the Saute Starter to make this recipe. It sounds delicious! I love sage and I love apples with pork chops!


  • 34
    Laura C. - April 26, 2013 @ 1:47 pm

    I would use the Saute Express Garlic Herb as the base for my Chicken Piccata! YUM!! Thanks for the chance :-)


  • 35
    Dawn - April 26, 2013 @ 2:23 pm

    I like to make my food more attractive when I cook. We eat with our eyes, then our mouths! :)


  • 36
    Staci A - April 26, 2013 @ 3:11 pm

    The Lemon Pepper sounds so good! We would use it to create a yummy chicken and veggie dish over rice!


  • 37
    Dana Adams - April 26, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

    Those apple pork chops look absolutely delicious! I’m making them with or without the sauce starter. That’s a great family dinner that my kids love just as well as we do… yum.


  • 38
    Sharon - April 26, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

    I express myself by trying new dishes from other cultures and adding my own little cajun twists.


  • 39
    Gianna - April 26, 2013 @ 11:27 pm

    Chicken marsala.


  • 40
    Lisa Moreau - April 29, 2013 @ 2:19 pm

    I use the lemon pepper and the garlic herb mixed to make Shrimp Scampi over whole wheat linguini.Add a bag if baby spinach also!!


  • 41
    Yvonne - April 30, 2013 @ 6:16 pm

    Love your blog. We tried the new garlic savory butter on shell pasta and broccoli. My picky daughter loved it. The savory butter is a new staple in our house


  • 42
    Amy J - September 23, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

    I like to express myself by creating new recipes. I’ll admit, some are a flop, but then some are amazing – and my hubby is honest, which I appreciate – although I can usually tell on my own if it’s a flop ;-)


  • 43
    Cecilia - September 27, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

    I made this today, it was delicious! I did make a few changes to accommodate my need for a lower fat dish. One thing I noticed, though… where does the brown sugar go?


  • 44
    Kelly Brown - September 30, 2013 @ 2:40 pm

    I would make a nice talapia with wild rice..yummy.


  • 45
    A.Kabat - October 05, 2013 @ 4:55 pm

    Made these tonight. awesome. thanks for sharing!


  • 46
    Katie - October 10, 2013 @ 10:36 pm

    I just made these tonight. Amazing! I haven’t had very much luck with pork- always turns out dry and bland. These however were juicy and full of flavor! Even my picky eaters loved them. Will definitely make these again. Thank you for the recipe!


  • 47
    Miranda - December 22, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

    I love to express my self in my cooking by putting my own spin on a recipe. Rarely do I ever make something the same twice. It’s always fun to experiment!


  • 48
    karla - December 28, 2013 @ 6:14 pm

    It is worth saying that my husband did not stop raving about this through the ENTIRE course of the meal. It was amazing. Thanks!


  • 49
    Susan - October 19, 2014 @ 4:49 pm

    I express myself while cooking by not being afraid to change the recipe a bit, but not go too crazy. (I once decided to make cinnamon chicken on my own in college. Never again.)


  • 50
    Marie Herrick - October 21, 2014 @ 9:23 am

    I love to cook. Creating a meal is a way to express my likes and dislike in food. I love to make new marinades. I love to take whatever if left in the fridge freezer and pantry to create a “surprise” meal. I especially love when my husband says that the “surprise was great but then groans when he find out I did not use a recipe so I may not be able to make it again. Saute Expressions will add to my creativity. I cannot wait to try them on the meat I just purchased (different cuts of steak and pork).


  • 51
    Danielle Medley - October 25, 2014 @ 11:27 am

    I am not a very good cook but I took a chance and made this last night for my husband. We both loved it and his only complaint was that there wasn’t enough! Thank you for this delicious recipe!


  • 52
    Pat - December 27, 2014 @ 3:13 pm

    Just finished eating these and I want to say YUM!!!! We loved it. I would have never bought this butter but now it is on my shopping list always. We made noodles to got with this and we put some of the sauce from the chops on the noodles and OMGoodness, that was so great. Try this it is really good.


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