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Pork Chops and Baked Apples

Pork Chops and Baked Apples

Pork Chops and Baked Apples

by | Sep 22, 2016

For as long as I can remember my mother has been making this hearty and filling dish. Each time I make it, it takes me back to my youth of living in the mountains of North Carolina. Growing up, fall meant the leaves changing colors and tourists making their way up the mountain. The lush Blue Ridge Mountains put on one of the longest-running autumn leaf-color displays in the country, and I was blessed with an amazing view.

My family and I enjoyed hiking, especially at this time of year, and it could really work up an appetite. North Carolina’s mountains have numerous apple orchards, and you can find apples at roadside stands and farmers markets throughout the region. Apples are a good source of fiber and vitamin C and are thought to regulate blood sugar.

Hog farming is another cash crop in North Carolina. Although it is prepared very differently from place to place, pork is the most widely eaten meat in the world. Pork is very versatile as there are many cuts to a pig and many different ways to cook it.

This recipe is savory and aromatic. While it’s cooking in the oven, your entire home will be consumed with the scent of cinnamon and apples. Boneless pork chops are a bit more expensive, but I much prefer bone-in anyway. The meat close to the bone is so flavorful, plus I like to gnaw on the bone to get all the goodies off. I also think the bone-in pork chops makes for a better presentation. Just one bite of this dish and you will be squealing for more. Enjoy!

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Southern Apple Pork Chops
A savory and aromatic dish that will fill your home with the smells of fall.
Pork Chops with Baked Apples Recipe
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings
adults
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings
adults
Ingredients
Pork Chops with Baked Apples Recipe
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Brown the pork chops on the stove in an oven-safe pan over medium/high heat in 2 tablespoons of butter. Sprinkle with salt and pepper while browning. It will only take about 5 minutes per side; you do not want to cook them but only to brown them.
  3. Remove the pork chops and set aside. Remove the pan from the stovetop and layer the bottom of the pan with all the sliced apples.
  4. Mix the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the apples. Dot the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter all around the apples. Add the sherry over the apples.
  5. Place the pork chops on top nuzzled down in the apples. Cover and bake in the oven for 1½ hours.
Recipe Notes

You will need an oven-safe pan with a lid.

About The Author

Sandi Grigg

Growing up in a small town in the foothills of North Carolina, Sandi always dreamed of living on the coast. In her youth, she was always by the water; she was raised tending a big garden and stomping around in the creek. She spent her adolescent days on a Jet Ski or fishing on Lake James, N.C., and she and her friends would camp and hike the Linville Gorge. Attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte she felt like she was getting out of my small-town box and living the city life; at the same time, she was getting a little closer to the ocean. Moving to Wilmington has been a dream come true, and the life she has created has been a blessing. She enjoys kayaking the Cape Fear, fishing the shores of Carolina Beach, and picking up seashells and shark’s teeth wherever she is. At home, she loves to cook and play with her dogs in the backyard. She also enjoys DIY home improvement endeavors. No outdoor shower, fire pit or flower bed is too big of a job! Being a part of the North Brunswick Magazine and South Brunswick Magazine team has taught Sandi that you really can enjoy your career.

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