These baked apple pork chops make a quick and easy meal that is bursting with the flavors of Fall.
I am always searching for new simple ways to serve pork chops and chicken breasts. Both are great sources of lean protein and are easily adaptable to a multitude of flavors.
For many Americans of my generation, pork chops and applesauce is a classic combination thanks to the Brady Bunch.
But, apples and pork do pair well together. Especially when you add a little walnuts, brown sugar and cinnamon to the mix. Simple but full of flavor. And table ready in about 30 minutes.
About the Ingredients for Baked Apple Pork Chops
Pork Chops: I used thick boneless pork chops, but you can use bone in or a thinner cut. Be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly.
Apples: The best apples to use are the ones you have or the ones you like best. You can really use any apple variety for this, though sweeter firmer apples will complement it well (Fuji, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp).
Walnuts: Substitute another nut like almonds or pecans or some pumpkin or sunflower seeds for a nut alternative.
Brown Sugar: A little sweetness adds some nice depth and sauciness to this recipe. Substitutes include honey, molasses or maple syrup.
Other ingredients include olive oil, cinnamon and salt and pepper.
Fall Apple Recipes
What else do apples pair with? The bloggers of the #OurFamilyTable group are posting apple recipes today, so hop on over to see what they made as well. There's a little something for everyone.
- Apple Cider Old Fashion by Cheese Curd In Paradise
- Apple Coffee Cake by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
- Apple-Stuffed Delicata Squash by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Baked Pork Chops and Apples by That Recipe
- Easy Apple Buns by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
- Glazed Apple Pie Bars by Art of Natural Living
- Pork and Apple Kebabs by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Sourdough Apple Bread by Karen's Kitchen Stories
- 4 1-inch thick pork chops
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 4 apples
- ½ cup walnuts
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 400F
- Melt the olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper and brown on both sides.
- While pork is browning, peel, core, and chop the apples. Chop the walnuts. Combine.
- Spread the apples and walnuts on top of and around the pork chops in the pan.
- Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over the apples.
- Cover with foil and bake at 400F for 15-20 minutes. Bone in pork chops will take about 5 minutes longer.
- Remove from oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.