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Pork Chops with Apples Is a Dreamy One-Pan Weeknight Dinner

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Pork chops and applesauce are a classic combination, but they’re not necessarily the first thing a person thinks of when looking for an easy one-pan recipe. This simple version turns that savory-sweet pairing into an amazing one-pan dinner that can be made in just 30 minutes. It’s even more impressive than it is easy, and it’s so loaded with fresh herbs and apples that the fragrance will draw everyone into your kitchen —and they’re not going to want to leave until you feed them. 

Part of the secret to this recipe is seasoning the pork chops before you start. You can use boneless or bone-in pork chops, whichever you prefer. Pat the chops dry with paper towels (this will help the pork chops achieve more browning as they cook), then season them with kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and a bit of cinnamon. The cinnamon will make the pork chops taste even better with the apples.

Another secret to perfectly-browned pork chops? Letting them cook in the hot oil undisturbed. If you can avoid poking them around the pan, they’ll get a much more even sear.

Once you’ve cooked both sides, you’ll want to check to see if they’re done. Cutting into the chops to see if they’re done is one way to see how cooked they are, but using an instant read meat thermometer will achieve that faster and more accurately, and your pork chops will come out looking prettier and not all chopped-up.

While the pork chops rest, you’ll cook some red onion and apple in olive oil and butter, then add fresh sage and rosemary. Your kitchen is about to smell amazing. A mixture of chicken broth, apple cider, and Dijon mustard completes the pan sauce, which you’ll spoon over the pork chops before serving. After just one bite, you’ll already be thinking about when you can make it next.

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Credit: Faith Durand

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