Recipe Details

Caramel Apple Pork Chops

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

FOR ROASTS, CHOPS and TENDERLOINS

Cook to 145 F with 3 minute rest

Ingredients

4 New York (top loin) pork chops, 3/4-inch thick
2 tablespoons brown sugar
salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons butter
2 medium tart red apples, cored and sliced into 1/2-inch wedges
3 tablespoons pecans, chopped

Cooking Directions

Heat skillet over medium-high heat. Saute chops, 8 minutes, turning occasionally, until internal temperature on a thermometer reads 145 degrees F, followed by a 3-minute rest time. Remove; keep warm.

In a small bowl, combine brown sugar,salt, pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add butter to skillet; stir in brown sugar mixture and apples. Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes or just until apples are tender. Remove apples with a slotted spoon and arrange on top of chops; keep warm. Continue cooking mixture in skillet, uncovered, until sauce thickens slightly. Spoon sauce over apples and chops. Sprinkle with pecans.

Serves 4.

Serving Suggestions

The flavor of the classic apple treat is a perfect fall taste for this meal. Serve with mashed potatoes and green beans.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 330 calories
Protein: 30 grams
Fat: 18 grams
Sodium: 100 milligrams
Cholesterol: 100 milligrams
Saturated Fat: 6 grams
Carbohydrates: 12 grams

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About the Cut: Chop

Pork chops are the most popular cut from the pork loin, which is the strip of meat that runs from the pig’s hip to shoulder. Depending on where they originate, pork chops can be found under a variety of names, including loin, rib, sirloin, top loin and blade chops.

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About the Cooking Method: Sauteing

COOKING BASICS:
1)Heat a small amount of oil in a large heavy skillet over a medium-high heat.
2)Place pork in skillet; do not cover.
3)Cook pork uncovered, turning occasionally. For stir-frying, cook over high heat, stirring constantly.

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Buying, Handling & Storage Tips

The best way to defrost pork is in the refrigerator in its wrapping. Defrosting a 1 inch chop will take 12-14 hours.


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Butcher's Tips

It’s important to note that all pork chops cook the same. The length of cooking primarily depends on the thickness of the chop. Thickness can vary from ½ to 2 inches. Whether you choose chops boneless for convenience or chops with the bone attached for their attractive appearance, the cooking time is the same. Pork chops are likely the least intimidating of all pork cuts because they are so easy to prepare.

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by anonymous 09/01/2013
Very good recipe - I made double the recipe for the syrup, but, think I could have even made triple to be enough for 6 pork chops. Good recipe that I would make again. Was looking for a good low sodium recipe and this is good and you don't miss the salt.

Better than expected!
by anonymous 01/26/2012
My daughters are not fans of pork chops, but I am always looking for good ways to prepare them that they might eat. We tried these, and they cleared their plates! We are going to add these to our dinner rotations! 

Great!
by cook 07/09/2010
Delicious and easy, a big hit!

delicious
by misssue 02/25/2010
Delicious way to cook chops! Even the picky eaters in my house loved them!