Normally I wouldn’t be making pork chops with apples but my wife found a recipe and wanted me to make something similar. I grew up in a time when pork chops with apple sauce was a common thing. I liked the pork chops but the apple sauce for me was something that should have been desert. So pork chops with apples in any description is something I have never made.
I have preached on my blog that you always need to be trying different things so that meals don’t get boring. Trick for me was make it more savory rather than desert. The recipe my wife found was really making an apple stuffing and then finishing it in the oven with the pork chops on top. That actually is a good idea but my wife doesn’t like stuffing so it was not something I could exactly follow the recipe. I also preach a lot that recipes, including my own, are just starting points to make a meal. Part of the reason my wife picked the recipe was that it used white wine and we had a part bottle in the fridge leftover from Sunday. The concept of the recipe was really good so I used the concept but did my own thing.
It was surprisingly simple to make and has changed my opinion of pork chops with apples. Will I make it again, yes because it was delicious. In fact it was so good I will make it for company. Again this is a recipe for 2 people but is easily increased.
4 pork loin chops 1/2 inch thick
1/3 cup diced onion
1/3 cup chopped celery
1 apple diced, you want about a third of an inch thick
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
4 cloves garlic minced
1/2 cup dry white wine
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon butter
Preheat a frying pan on medium high heat with the butter. Salt and pepper the chops and add to the pan. Brown the chops on both sides for about 2 minutes per side, remove and set aside. Reduce heat to medium and add the onion, celery, and garlic, cook for about 2 minutes. Add the apple and parsley, cook for about 1 minute then add the white wine and cook for about 30 seconds. Transfer to a baking dish, place the chops on top, cover and bake in a preheated 350 oven for 30-35 minutes.