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Apple Smothered Pork Chop

I know I say a lot of my dishes are super easy to make, but this one really is!

A pork chop, an apple… and only 1 dish to clean. And if that’s not enough, it’s packed with bold, classic flavors everyone from kids to adults will love.


Prep time: 2 min. (plus 1 hour minimum to brine the chop [up to 12 hours is better])

Cook time: 25 min.

Serves: 1 (easily scale up for more servings)

Ingredients

  • 1 boneless pork chop (bone-in works fine too)
  • 1/2 apple
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp grass-fed butter (or sub ghee)
  • 1 bay leaf (optional)
  • Whole black peppercorns (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic (optional)

Preparation

Pork chop brine ingredients on board

  • A least an hour before cooking, brine your pork chop and let it sit in the fridge until you’re ready. Brining will make your pork chop extra moist and tender (after learning this, I never make ANY pork chop without brining it first. You’ll never have dry pork chops again).
    • For the brine, get a freezer baggie with a zip lock top (a bowl or pan will work too). Pour in 1 tbsp of salt, 1 bay leaf, a couple of whole black peppercorns, and a smashed glove of garlic.
      • All of these are optional except for the salt. The salt is the crucial part for a brine. The others you can experiment with. Thyme and rosemary are fun to try as well. Mix them all up and make sure the pork chop is fully submerged. Let sit in the fridge for 1 hour minimum (you really should brine up to 12 hours if you can, but 1 hour will do if you’re really short on time).
  • After an hour, pull the pork chop out and bring to room temperature. Pat dry. You can add a little black pepper or seasoning, but you don’t need to add any more salt. I usually only add black pepper and sometimes a dash of thyme.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  • Thinly slice up 1/2 apple.

Sliced apple on cutting board

  • In an oven safe dish, place 1 tbsp butter in the center then set the pork chop directly on top.

Butter in dish

  • Place the sliced apples directly on top, and the rest pack around the pork chop. Add a healthy dash of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Pork chop with apples in dish

  • Cook for 25-30 min. or until internal pork chop temperature reaches 140°F (don’t over cook it!).
  • Plate and drizzle the melted pan butter over everything. That’s it. Really. It’s awesome.

pork chop with apples on plate

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