Apple Cider Sage Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples [Giveaway]

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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Apple Cider Sage Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples

Yield: serves 4 - 6


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.

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