Apple and pork are a perfect pairing, each complementing the other’s flavor and texture. Braised Pork Chops is a classic Bavarian recipe that makes a delicious meal.
Braised Pork Chops
Author: Epicurus.com Kitchens
Recipe type: Main Course
- 4 center-cut pork loin chops 1" thick; preferably bone-in
- salt, to taste
- freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 firm apples; cored, and sliced 1/2" thick, such as Jonathan, Rome Beauty or Granny Smith
- 2 cloves garlic; minced
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger root
- 1/2 Cup chicken stock
- 1/2 Cup dry apple cider or fresh apple juice
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- Season pork chops with salt and pepper. Heat oil in large skillet over high heat until hot. Sear pork chops until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Remove chops and set aside on plate.
- Reduce heat to medium. Add apples and saute until they begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in garlic and ginger. Return chops to skillet, pushing apple slices to edge of pan or arranging them over meat. Cover pan, reduce heat to low, and cook chops until nicely browned on bottom side, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn chops and stir apples. Cover and cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until meat is faintly pink near bone. Remove chops to plate and cover.
- Increase heat to high and add stock, apple cider and butter. Cook sauce, stirring occasionally, until reduced and thickened, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Drizzle sauce and apples over pork chops and serve immediately.
- Serve these sweet, succulent pork chops with sauteed Swiss chard, rice cooked with slivered almonds and a simple green salad.
Serving size: each serving Calories: 404 Fat: 31 g Carbohydrates: 14 g Sodium: 278 mg Fiber: 0.46 g Protein: 17 g Cholesterol: 75 mg