Autumn Baked Pork Chops & Apples

Smothered in baked apples and their juices, this is fall comfort food at its’ best.

This is a recipe I have been making for so many years, I don’t ever look at the recipe. This is a perect entree for when you need dinner ready in under an hour and your family is sick of chicken and pasta.

Grab some lean boneless chops, slice up a couple of granny smith apples.

Butter a baking dish- throw in the apples, add seasonings, brown the chops, top with butter. Bake. Dinner is ready.

I serve with a roasted sweet potato and broccoli.

Simple. Hearty. Perfect for Fall .

Enjoy!

Crisp tart apples make an incredible topping.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless pork chops

  • 1 tsp kosher salt, divided

  • 1/2 tsp pepper

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika, divided

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger

  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar

  • 3 TBSP unsalted butter, plus extra for buttering the baking dish

  • 2-3 large granny smith apples, cored and cut into wedges

  • 1 tsp canola oil

Method- serves 3-4. Prep time 15 minutes. baking time- 30 minutes

  • Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a deep covered baking dish, set aside.
  • Place sliced apples ( with skins on) into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp Kosher salt, cinnamon, 1/2 tsp smoked paprika, ginger and brown sugar. Stir well to coat the apples with all the seasongs.
  • In a 12″ skillet, over medium high heat, heat oil until just smoking. Sprinkle chops with remaining salt, pepper and 1/2 tsp smoked paprika.
    Brown chops in hot oil on each side for 1-2 minutes. The chops will not be cooked through- we just want to brown them. Place chops and their juices on top of the prepared apples. Dot with butter.
    Cover and bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
    Serve with a roasted sweet potato or over white rice.
HIgh quality pork with a bit of fat will render a juicy yet tender chop.

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