Sunny's Apple Butter Braised Pork Chops

Total Time:
45 min
10 min
5 min
30 min

4 servings

  • Bacon and Veggies:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 strips bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped Vidalia or other sweet onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 8 to 10 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 green bell pepper, halved, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated on a rasp
  • Chops:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 thick-cut, bone-in pork chops
  • 10 ounces apple butter
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • Chopped fresh parsley or cilantro, for garnish
  • Garlic Red Bliss Mash, for serving
  • For the bacon and veggies: In a large straight-sided pan with a lid, add the oil and bacon and cook on medium-high heat until the bacon is crisped. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate, leaving the fat in the pan.

  • Add the onions, pepper flakes, thyme and bell peppers. Cook, stirring, until the onions and peppers are tender and the pan is fragrant, 5 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic and stir to combine. Pick out and discard the thyme stems. Remove the vegetables to a separate plate.

  • For the chops: To the same pan, add the butter and olive oil. Once the butter is melted and the pan is hot, add the pork chops and sear on one side until a peek beneath reveals a golden color, about 4 minutes. Remove the chops to the plate with the vegetables.

  • In the same pan still on medium high, add the apple butter and 1 1/4 cups water. Use a wooden spoon to scrape any bits off the bottom of the pan. Add the chops back into the pan, then surround and cover them with the vegetable mixture. Pour the tomatoes over the top, lower the heat to a low simmer and cover halfway. Cook until the desired doneness, usually 5 to 10 minutes lends itself to a lovely pink center.

  • Allow to rest 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with the reserved bacon and chopped parsley or cilantro. Serve with Garlic Red Bliss Mash.

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