Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops

What's for dinner tonight? You might want to try this!

For several years, I was a vegetarian, so cooking meat was a huge struggle for me. I am no longer a vegetarian these days, plus my son loves meat, so I had to suck it up and learn to cook it!
 
I used to not be able to handle any kind of raw meat, like I just couldn't touch it lol. I did not like the feeling of raw meat in my hands. I guess it stems from being a huge animal lover and just not liking the idea that I was handling some poor dead animal. It still bothers me a little bit if I think about it but, I have for the most part successfully gotten over my issues with that. I am now cooking all kinds of meat dishes! Yay, go me! ;)
 
The other day, I was trying to think of a good meal, that would be perfect for a fall day! This is what I decided on and my whole family just loved it!
It was seriously too good not to share it so here y'all go!
 
 
 
Ingredients:
 
  • 4 Ribeye pork chops (about 3/4" thick, I used boneless)
  • 2 apples (I left peel on), cored and sliced thin
  • 1 large white onion (sliced thin)
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2/3 cup apple cider
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
Instructions:
  1. Slice the apples and onion and set aside.
  2. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper on each side.
  3. In a large pan over medium-high heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter, then add pork chops.
  4. Cook the pork chops until brown, about 3 minutes on each side. Remove from pan and set aside on a plate.
  5. In the same pan used for the pork chops, add 1 tablespoon of butter, then add apple slices and sliced onion, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent. (approx. 5 minutes)
  6. Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon and cayenne.
  7. Stir in apple cider and cream. Then add the pork chops back into the pan, making sure it is nicely submerged in the liquid, and cook until the inside of the meat reaches 160 degrees F. (approx. another 4-5 minutes on each side)
  8. Serve the pork chops with a little of the juice and with the apples and onions.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Serving Size: 4 servings
 
 
 
I decided to pair this dish with some simple red skin mashed potatoes.
It went very nicely together!
 
Enjoy!
 
 
 
 


43 comments:

  1. I'm always scared to brown pork chops (hate the splattering!) but I might need to suck it up and try this. Looks so good!

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    1. I totally know what you mean, but this actually didn't splatter much at all. I was pleasantly surprised. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Lord have mercy!! Now that is some good Southern Cooking!! I need to make this for my son!! And me :)

    Ursula

    www.blueridgebeautyblogger.com

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    1. If you do make it, let me know how it turns out! :)

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    1. I'm picky when it comes to meat dishes, and I am totally in love with this <3

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  4. I'm not so great at cooking meat either. I hate the sight and feel of it, but I'm trying to get better too.

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    1. ...same here! I still can't see a whole raw turkey before it's cooked, or I can't eat it. That image just gets stuck in my head and I can't get past it. So, sorry but you will never see me cook a whole turkey lol...I leave that to others!

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  5. I'm not so great at cooking meat either. I hate the sight and feel of it, but I'm trying to get better too.

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  6. These sound awesome! I love apples paired with porkchops! Thanks for sharing

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    1. I'm happy to share! Thank you for stopping by!

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  7. I've always been a little nervous about cooking pork chops. Not sure why really. Im sure my husband hates it! I actually LOVED it but since getting pregnant it was the one thing that I couldn't eat. Those red skin mashed look yummy!!!

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    1. aww, yeah, being pregnant can really change your body so much. I wasn't sensitive to smells and stuff like that, but I know many are. Well, eat what you (and baby) want, and save this for down the road maybe ;) Best wishes, Kristina!

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  8. I love pork chops! This sounds so good!

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  9. So my hubby doesn't like sweet meals. Is this pretty sweet? I'd love to give it a try if not! I bet the paprika mellows it out. THANKS for sharing!

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    1. Yes, it does have a mild sweetness to it, because of the brown sugar added in with the apple. My suggestion would be just to cut back on the brown sugar. Maybe just one tablespoon instead of two. If you do try it, let me know how it turns out! :)

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  10. I love apple cinnamon pork chops! We take some pork loin and make a cinnamon stuffing and grill them. So good!!!

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    1. ooooh, that sounds good too! I just might have to look into that! Do you have a recipe?

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  11. I wish I was a better cook haha these look and sound delicious!!

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    1. On a difficulty scale to make these (out of 10), it is seriously like a 2 or 3. Not hard at all. I am still perfecting my culinary skills and I found these easy to make, and so delicious! Don't be afraid to try it! The worst that can happen is you'll end up having to order pizza for dinner! LOL ;)

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  12. Yum! Cinnamon apples & pork is one of my favorite combos!

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    1. Thank you, Kristina! If I had a better camera, the pics would look better... these do them no justice to how amazing they were!

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  14. Fantastic recipe, thank you for sharing!

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks for checking it out :)

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  15. Pork with apple is such a great combination! Must try this!

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    1. Yes, it really was one of the best dishes I have ever made! If you make it, I hope you like it as much as I did!

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  16. I am always on the lookout for new recipes to add to my dinner rotation. We don't eat a lot of pork so this would be a great, new addition to our list!

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    1. Yes, this is totally going to be making another appearance on our family menu! Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie!

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  17. This looks and sounds fantastic!! I love cooking with pork for some reason. It's definitely our most-consumed meat :-) But raw meat does give me the ickies, too... especially chicken. Soooo gross!! I always say handling raw meat makes me want to be a vegetarian, but I just love meat too much :-P

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    1. You're right! Raw chicken is def the worst meat to handle!

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  18. I haven't made pork chops in so long. I need to make some. Going to try your recipe.

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  19. These sound great and perfect for fall, thanks for sharing!

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  20. You're welcome and thanks for stopping by, Lisa!

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