The Humble Pork Chop – with sweet and sour apples

Pork chops are a great lean and inexpensive cut of meat. Their flavor is fairly neutral and can be paired with just about any sauce. They take on other flavors very well. Pork and apples go together very well so I decided to go with that – mostly because gala apples were on sale. 🙂 If you can’t find gala any crisp apple will do. Honey crisp, fuji and granny smith are a few other good choices. Mealy apples, like mac and red delicious, don’t hold their shape when you cook them so you’ll want to avoid them. This recipe is pretty easy and takes about and hour in total.

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  • 6 pork chops, about 2.5 lbs (6oz each)
  • 1 small white spanish onion, medium dice
  • 3 gala apples, peeled, and diced.
  • 2 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar

Preheat your oven to 350F. Season your pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper. In a large frying pan heat 2 tbsp cooking oil over medium-high heat. Once the pan is heated through, gently place 3 of the pork chop into the pan. Brown them well on both sides and then place them into a casserole dish. Repeat with the remaining 3 pork chops.

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Add the onion into the pan and reduce the heat to medium. Cook the onion until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add in the apples and mustard seed and cook another 2 minutes. Add in the honey and cider vinegar and simmer for 5 minutes. Pour the apple mixture over top of the pork chops and place in the oven. Bake for 25 minutes and enjoy with your favorite side. (The side dish pictured is wheat berries with sauteed butternut squash and green swiss chard.)

This recipe costs about $2.25 per portion. Give it a try!