Introduce fall flavors to savory dishes – like these Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops, which would make the most delicious and seasonal dinner!
Cinnamon and pork chops? You might not think it’s a very delicious idea, but let me tell you otherwise: it’s incredible actually! While brainstorming for seasonal recipes, the apple cinnamon combination kept popping up into my head, but I knew I wanted to do some sort of protein. And what goes better with pork than apples? Nothing, I tell you!
Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops might just become your go-to recipe this season: so simple and so delicious, your family will be amazed at how you can whip up this entree in under 30 minutes. You can use whatever apple you love, but I recommend any kind of Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, or Macoun. Definitely stay away from mealy Red Delicious apples as they’ll ruin the texture of the dish – you want the apples to stay a bit crisp at the end to balance out the savoriness of the dish.
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 4 thick-cut, bone-in pork chops
- 1 large onion, diced
- ¼ cup dark brown sugar
- ¾ cup apple cider
- ½ Tbsp. cinnamon
- 3 apples, cored and sliced
- Preheat the oven to 400℉. In a cast iron pan, heat the butter and season the pork chops with salt and pepper. Over high heat, sear the chops on both sides and remove from pan.
- Sauté the onion until aromatic and translucent, and add the brown sugar, apple cider, and cinnamon. Let this come to a boil and add the apples. Cook for 5 to 8 minutes, until softened.
- Place the chops back in the pan and finish cooking in the oven, about 15 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 145℉.
This recipe was first published in the Martha’s Vineyard Times, October 2015.