Pork Chops with Golden Apple Sauce

Total Time:
25 min
10 min
15 min

6 servings

  • 4 Golden Delicious apples, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 ounces golden raisins, a handful
  • 1 -inch piece fresh ginger root
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 cups all natural apple juice or cider, plus a splash for pan sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or olive oil, 2 turns of the pan
  • 4 (1-inch) thick center cut boneless pork loin chops, 6 to 8 ounces each
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Combine first 8 ingredients in a medium pot placed over medium high heat and cook until a chunky sauce forms, 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. If sauce begins to spatter as it bubbles, reduce heat back a little, but it should be allowed to reduce and form quickly. Once apples are soft and sauce forms, remove it from the heat.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add oil to the pan. Season chops on 1 side with salt and pepper. Using a pair of tongs, add chops to hot skillet seasoned side down. Season the opposite side of the chops with salt and pepper. Brown and caramelize the chops 2 minutes on each side, then reduce heat to medium and cook another 5 to 6 minutes, turning occasionally, until juices run clear. Remove chops from heat and let them rest a couple of minutes for juice to redistribute. Deglaze the pan with a splash of apple juice and 2 tablespoons of butter. Pour pan sauce over chops. Remove ginger from the sauce and top chops with generous portions of warm golden apple sauce.

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I must say that I was a bit disappointed. I chopped the apples finely but after the recommended 12 minutes of cooking, the "sauce" looked like a bunch of chopped apples soaking in liquid. I had to put it in the blender to achieve a sauce-like consistency. Even then, I think it was more like a compote than a real sauce. The taste was good, not great. Also, the pork chops were rather basic. I served them with Ina Garten's roasted garlic potatoes...delicious:) item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband adores apples in anything, and he LOVES this recipe. I'm making it tonight for the fourth time. Easy, quick, and delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fast and delicious recipe! My husband and I absolutely loved it. I mashed a few of the apples with the back of a spoon just to integrate them into the sauce. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was good and easy. I gave it a 4 because it could have been that at least had I made adjustment to my cut of meat. I used pork tenderloin about 4-5 ounce slices and needless to say 5 minutes on each side is toooooo long. Most of mine were not eatable due to toughness. The glaze was very good. You live and learn I will prepare this dish again with the tenderloin and they will be prepared to perfection. You can take that to the bank. The apple sauce was delicious, but I used delicious red apples and purple raisins. Thanks Rachel. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Rachel you are just...the best. Used this recipe this week and it was incredible. I cant believe I managed to keep pork chops moist. The apple sauce was what MADE this dish. It was incredible. Followed the recipe step by step, didn't change a thing and I never will! The glaze is a must. So much flavor! Definitely going to add this to our dinner rotation. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very simple recipe, my boyfriend and I liked it very much. Since my boyfriend doesn't like raisins, I used mangos instead. Made me feel like a rock star in the kitchen = item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was very good. I could not get my apples to break down like I wanted (probably something I did or didn't do. We will do this again and again I'm sure. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is always a hit with my friends and family. Easy to modify depending on the size of your group too! Sweet and savory with a nice depth of flavor. Highly recommend! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious!! But I had to modify. Didn't have Apple cider/juice, but did have a fresh mango and some mango juice. Combined with the apples and other ingredients, turned into a fabulous Mango apple sauce! Will plan it this way next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Applesauce was definitely the star of this recipe... Never made my own, and it was delicious!! I used gala apples which were perfectly, naturally sweet... Didn't have raisins.... Used organic apple juice.... Will definitely make again with a pork loin... item not reviewed by moderator and published

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