Growing up I never had apples or any other fruit with meat. It was not a combination my dad enjoyed, so I never knew apples and pork were commonly friends. As an adult I have found I really love the crisp fruity flavor of apples and pork.
This has quickly become a favorite dinner in our house. The pork is juicy, flavorful and cooks really quickly. The crispy potatoes add a nice starchy way to soak up the delicious sauce made by the pork and apples. The sauce is made with apple cider, but it is not overly sweet by any means. It really just makes everything taste crisp and fall themed.
4 thinly sliced pork chops
2 tablespoons butter
2 medium apples, chopped (I used Gala Apples)
3 medium potatoes, chopped into small bite sized pieces
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 cup apple cider
First, brown the pork chops over medium heat in a large skillet. Once both sides are browned, set them off to the side on a plate.
Add in the butter, apples, and potatoes. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Let all of this saute over medium heat until the potatoes are almost tender. By this point, your pan has developed some good yummy bits that will help us make our sauce.
Add the apple cider to the pan. With a spatula, scrape the bottom of the pan making sure to get all those yummy cooked on bits of pork, potato and apple. Let all of this simmer for about 10 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Add the pork chops back in the last 3 or 4 minutes before serving to soak up some sauce.
I hope you take some times to enjoy a delicious meal with the tastes of fall!