Mustard-Crusted Pork Chops with Roasted Apples and Onions
I love a thick cut pork chop and find that giving it a good long sear before flipping it and packing on a buttery flavorful crust makes for a warming weeknight dinner. The apples and onions are a classic pair and roast away while you focus on getting you chops browned and cooked to juicy perfection.
Position oven racks in the upper and lower third of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees F.
Toss the apples and onion in a large bowl with 2 tablespoons of the oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Spread into an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast on the lower oven rack until tender and caramelized, 25 to 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, toss together the panko, butter, whole-grain mustard, Dijon, thyme and a few grinds of pepper in a medium bowl until well combined (the breadcrumbs should hold together when squeezed). Season the pork chops generously on both sides with salt and pepper.
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat until shimmering and very hot. Add the pork chops and cook, undisturbed, until well browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Flip the chops, then press some of the mustard-panko mixture onto the top of each chop. Transfer the saute pan to the upper rack of the oven and roast until the panko is browned and the pork reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F, 6 to 8 minutes more.
Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in another large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the Swiss chard stems, a pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper. Cook, stirring, until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Add the chard leaves and chicken broth and continue to cook, stirring, until the chard is wilted and the broth has almost completely evaporated, 2 to 3 minutes more. Stir in the vinegar, then season with salt and pepper.
Divide the pork chops, apples and chard among 4 dinner plates. Spoon any pan juices from the chard over the vegetables and serve warm.