Do you ever see sales on pork chops and pick them up when you are the grocery store, only to get them home and realize you have no idea what you are going to do with them? Please say yes, because it has happened to me more than once. They look so beautiful in the meat case, all wrapped in their saran wrap, just waiting to be put in a recipe.
Of course I pick them up with big plans to make stuffed pork chops or something equally ambitious, and then they sit in my fridge while I make chicken or pasta recipes and forget about my grand plans. They're like the Susan Lucci of my refrigerator. Well, as long as being eaten by me is the equivalent of winning an Emmy in the food world.
I'm pretty sure it is.
If this has happened to you, or even if it hasn't, please take a moment to say hello to my new favorite pork recipe. It's fast, easy and delicious. It's quick. Did I mention how simple it was? It uses one skillet and has seven ingredients, and that is counting the salt and pepper separately. And its goooood. Yes, five Os good. The sugar melts and caramelizes on the pecans and pork, making a sweet sauce that is perfect with the apples and nuts. Pork chops will never waste away in my fridge again.
Apple-Pecan Pork Chops
4 boneless pork loin chops (3/4 to 1 inch thick)
Ground black pepper
1 T butter
1 medium red apple, cored and thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped pecans
2 T packed brown sugar
1. Sprinkle chops with salt and pepper and set aside. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat until it sizzles. Add apples; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Push apples to side of skillet. Add pork chops; cook for 4 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and turn pork chops over, moving apples aside as needed. Spoon apples over chops. Sprinkle with pecans and brown sugar.
2. Cover and cook for 4 -8 minutes more or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in centers of chops registers 160 degrees. Spoon apples and cooking juices over chops and serve.
Makes 4 servings
Recipe Source: Every Meal Easy Cookbook