Nothing ushers in fall quite like baked apples. Add them to a dish with pork and apple cider sauce, and autumn isn’t just ushered in, it’s settled itself into our kitchen. Pork chops, apples, and onions combine sweet and savory with aromatic herbs and a thick, sweet and tangy sauce that pulls everything together into one delicious whole.
We like to treat our family to this fall favorite once sweater weather descends; each warm and delicious bite chips away at the cold weather chill. In under an hour, we can whip up something that looks fancy and smells delicious without draining our valuable time. If food can bring people together, this is the dish to do it.
Baked Pork Chops With Apples And Onions
45 minutes to prepare serves 3-4
- 6 small boneless pork chops
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 medium Gala or Honey Crisp apples, cored and sliced
- 2 small red onions, sliced. Optional: shallots
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 cups apple cider
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Mix together salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and rub on pork chops. Heat olive oil in large skillet at medium-high. Brown pork chops in skillet for 2 minutes on each side.
- Place pork chops in baking dish along with apples, onions, rosemary, and thyme.
- Add apple cider and honey to skillet, and bring to a simmer at medium heat. Reduce by half, stirring often and scraping up browned bits to combine with sauce.
- Pour apple cider sauce over pork, apples, and onions. Add thyme and rosemary sprigs.
- Bake for 20 to 30 minutes until apples and onions are tender and meat is cooked through. Serve garnished with sprigs of thyme and rosemary.
Recipe adapted from Aggie's Kitchen