Monday, September 26, 2011

Pork Chops with Apples

These chops, plus The Grits from a few days ago had sitting on my Pinterest "Yum" Board for about a month, along with a bunch of other delicious looking things. I finally decided during my 23 x 23 post that I was going to start making some of the delicious things I had tagged and this one was my first pick.

The real winner of this Pioneer Woman recipe is without a doubt the grits but if you aren't a grits fan (even if you are) you should definitely try these pork chops, perhaps with some mashed potatoes.

Pork Chops with Apples

6 whole boneless pork chops, about 1/2 inch thick
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp butter
2 whole Gala apples, diced
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 dash salt
freshly ground black pepper

Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and butter and heat until butter is melted. Salt and pepper both sides of the pork chops and brown them on both sides until nice and golden. Remove pork chops from skillet and set on a separate plate.

Reduce heat to medium. Add the apples and stir to combine with the oil and butter that remains in the pan. Pour in wine and vinegar, then whisk along the bottom of the pan to deglaze it. Cook until liquid is reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Pour in the maple syrup. Add a dash of salt and pepper. Stir, then return pork chops to the pan. Cover and simmer on low for 20 minutes.

Serve pork chops on top of creamy cheese grits and spoon the apple sauce over the top. Enjoy!