Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Maple-Sage Butter

Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Maple-Sage Butter - Chew Nibble Nosh

This, my friends, is a really, really tasty meal.

And the beauty of it is, it’s so simple to throw together for a quick weeknight meal, but definitely impressive enough to serve to guests.  The flavors are spectacular, it’s beautiful on the plate, and that maple-sage butter melting over the pork and apples?  Holy smokes.

I started by making that very special butter.  I combined some softened butter with some chopped, fresh sage, salt, pepper, and a good drizzle of maple syrup.

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That’s it. Simple, and fresh.

Then, I started on my pork chops.  I sprinkled my boneless chops with some salt and pepper, and cooked them in a large skillet over medium-high heat, about five minutes per side.

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Once the chops were done, I moved them to a plate, tented some foil over them, and then started on the apples.  Into the same skillet went a couple of sliced Granny Smith apples, a thin sliced red onion, and some salt.  I cooked this mixture down until the apples and onion had softened a bit, about five minutes more.

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Then, I stirred in some red wine vinegar, and a little more maple syrup to sweeten things up, and cooked the apples until they softened even more, and started to brown up a bit.

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Pretty simple right?

Then, it was just a matter of scooping that glorious apple concoction onto my plate, piling a juicy pork chop on top, and topping it with a dollop of that crazy-tasty sage butter.

Let the butter melt over the chop and apples a bit, and you have a meal fit for a king…or the royalty who happens to sit at your dinner table on a nightly basis.

Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Maple-Sage Butter - Chew Nibble Nosh.

SKILLET PORK CHOPS WITH APPLES AND MAPLE-SAGE BUTTER

Adapted from Cook’s Country

Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Maple-Sage Butter
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 4 Tbsp. butter, softened, plus 1 Tbsp. to cook the chops in
  • 2 Tbsp. real maple syrup, divided
  • 1 Tbsp. minced fresh sage
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 1-inch thick boneless pork chops, trimmed
  • 2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced into ½-inch thick wedges
  • 1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine the 4 tablespoons softened butter, 1 tablespoon of the maple syrup, the minced sage, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Pat your pork chops dry with paper towel, and season both sides with salt and pepper.
  3. Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Add the pork chops and cook, until browned and until the internal temperature is 140*F, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer the chops to a plate, and tent with foil.
  5. Pour off some of the fat in the pan, if need be, until you have about 1 tablespoon of drippings left in the pan. Add the apples, onion, and ¼ teaspoon of salt. Stir together, and cook, covered, until softened, about 5-6 minutes.
  6. Stir in the vinegar and remaining 1 tablespoon of maple syrup. Cook, uncovered, until the apples begin to brown, about 3 minutes.
  7. Uncover the pork, and pour any accumulated juices into the apple mixture. Spoon the apples and onions onto your plate, top with a pork chop, and finish with a dollop of the sage butter.
  8. ENJOY!