Apple Cider Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples

Apple Cider Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples is the perfect fall meal. Fragrant sage and sweet caramelized apples pair perfectly with savory pork chops!

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Creating This Cast Iron Pork Chops Recipe

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. 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 with apples recipe, but it’s 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 Pork Chops Ingredients

These sage pork chops with apples require very few ingredients to make. Here’s what you’ll need for this stovetop pork chops recipe:

  • Bone-in pork chops
  • Garlic Herb Sauté Express® Sauté Starter
  • Fresh sage
  • Apples
  • Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Apple cider
  • Heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper

How to Cook Pork Chops on the Stove

To make these pork chops with apples, first cook the pork chops in an oiled cast iron skillet, flipping occasionally.

In another skillet, melt the butter. Add the brown sugar and cook until it begins to melt. Then, add the sliced apples and saute until they begin to brown and cook down.

Add the apple cider to the pan with the pork chops and continue cooking until the liquid reduces by about half. Add the cream to that same skillet and cook until slightly thickened.

Sprinkle with fresh sage, then spoon the apples over the pork chops and serve immediately.

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What Type of Apples Should I Use?

Any variety you have on hand! I used Pink Lady apples, but really any will work. Personally, I like using sweeter apples in this apple cider pork chops recipe. The sweet apples paired with the savory pork chops is hard to beat.

Can I Use Boneless Pork Chops?

Yes, although you’ll likely need to cook the pork chops for less time. If possible, use bone-in pork chops since they have more flavor and are typically thicker.

Tips for Making Apple Cider Pork Chops

Before cooking the pork chops, you need to set them on your counter to come to room temperature. If you place the pork chops in the hot pan while they’re still fridge cold, it’ll take longer for the insides to cook through.

Also, make sure you’re using unflavored apple cider and not the kind that has spices added to it. Double check the ingredients list to make sure you bought the right kind.

To make these pork chops with apples a full meal, pair them with your favorite mashed potatoes, roasted veggies, or a simple side salad.

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More Fall Dinner Recipes:

This Italian Sausage and Kale Soup is a lightened up version of Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana. It’s easy to make and so flavorful!

A Roasted Pork Sandwich with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms is a welcome addition to the dinner table year-round, but it’s especially delicious when the weather’s cooler.

Few soups are as cozy as this Turkey Black Bean Chili. It’s made with pumpkin for an extra dose of fall flavor, and comes together in no time.

It doesn’t get much easier than this Sheet Pan Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Vegetables. It’s done in under an hour and requires just 10 minutes of hands on prep work.

Sometimes all I want is mac and cheese for dinner — when that craving strikes I make this Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese. Serve it with a side salad to round out the meal and enjoy!

How do you express yourself while you’re cooking?

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Apple Cider Sage Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples

Apple Cider Sage Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples

Yield: serves 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Apple Cider Sage Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples is the perfect fall meal - fragrant sage and sweet caramelized apples pair perfectly with savory pork chops!

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. In a large sauté pan or cast iron skillet, melt the Sauté Express® Sauté Starter over medium heat until it begins to bubble.
  2. Pat the pork chops dry on both sides. Add the meat and cook for 3–5 minutes, or until browned.
  3. Turn and cook the other side until browned and the pork is cooked through (minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees F).
  4. While cooking, brush some of the Sauté Express® Sauté Starter on the side of the pork facing up.
  5. In another skillet melt the butter over medium heat.
  6. Add the sugar to the butter and cook for 1 minute, or until it begins to melt.
  7. Add the apples and sauté over medium heat until the apples are browned and tender. This should take about 10–15 minutes.
  8. In the pan with the pork chops, add the apple cider and cook over medium heat until the liquid is reduced by about half.
  9. Add the cream, bring to a boil and allow it to bubble for a few minutes until the sauce is slightly thickened.
  10. Sprinkle with fresh sage and season with salt and pepper if desired.
  11. If serving immediately, spoon the caramelized apples on top of the pork in the pan.
  12. Alternatively, you can pass the apples separately at the table and portion them out directly on the dinner plates.
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 354 Total Fat 22g Saturated Fat 10g Trans Fat 1g Unsaturated Fat 9g Cholesterol 118mg Sodium 111mg Carbohydrates 10g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 0g Sugar 10g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 28g
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