Cider-Braised Pork Chop

I have to give credit to my boyfriend for stumbling upon this recipe one day when he was just messing around with ingredients in the kitchen. I only recently started cooking pork chops, but they are quickly becoming a staple of mine especially on the weeknights since they cook so quickly. These are paired with the salty sweet combo of granny smith apple and bacon. The goat cheese adds just a bit of a tangy, creamy texture too.

Don’t be intimidated this recipe is super easy and allows for variation if you don’t want to use bacon, simply sear the chops and saute with some olive oil. You could also try wrapping the pork chops with the raw bacon before cooking if you’re ambitious.ย I use boneless pork chops for this recipe, but feel free to substitute bone-in. Happy Cooking!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Thick Cut Boneless Pork Chops
  • Bacon
  • Apple Cider
  • Goat Cheese
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple
  • 1 White Onion
  • 1 Shallot
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Clove
  • Parsley
  • Butter
  • Salt and Pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 375. Peel and chop the apple. Finely mince the onion and shallot.
  2. Pat the Pork Chops dry and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook 4 strips of bacon and remove from pan but keep the fat in the pan.
  4. Place Pork Chops in the pan and carefully sear both sides (about 4-5 minutes)

     

  5. Remove Pork Chops and place to the side to rest.
  6. Turn down the heat and place a bit of butter in the pan. Toss the apple, onion, and shallot in the pan.
  7. Stir the mixture continuously. Add in the cinnamon, clove, and 1 teaspoon of chopped parsley.
  8. When the spices are fragrant (about 5 minutes) place the Pork Chops back in the center of the pan and pour in enough apple cider to cover it all.
  9. Place pan into oven and cook to desired temperature. Pork Chops should be slightly pink in the center and firm to touch- be careful not to overcook!

10. When Pork Chops are cooked through put them to the side and continue to cook the apple mixture over low heat until the cider evaporates and the sauce thickens.

11. Serve the Pork Chops with crumbled goat cheese on the bottom, topped with the apple mixture and a sprinkle of crumbled bacon and parsley on top!

I hope you enjoy this salty and sweet dish!

-Lea

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