Apple-Pecan Pork Chops

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

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Nicole, this pork dish looks absolutely delicious! I love combining apple and pork - the flavor is just great - but I love your idea of adding pecans, too! Thanks for sharing. You girls have a beautiful blog and I'm looking forward to seeing more. :)

Wow, I love this flavor combination! It sounds so yummy and the pecans are a unique addition!

Awesome, awesome, awesome. I have two chops in the freezer and a couple small apples on my counter. I think we all know what's happening!

I do the same thing...buy some delicious looking pork chops and they sit in the fridge until the last minute while we eat chicken and pasta! Hehehe! This looks incredible! I like to make a similar caramel apple pork chop recipe and we love it, I have to give this recipe a try! :)

Thanks, all! I hope you enjoy them.

Great minds think alike! I just posted some pork chops too! Yours look amazing!! : )

Hey Nicole! I love your blog. It's so cute that you and your friend do it together :) What a great idea. Also, the format is so clean looking...easy on the eyes!

Anyway, this recipe looks delicious. Porkchops and apples are one of my favorite combos. I'll def be checkin back daily to see what you're serving up.

apples and pork are SUCH a fantastic combination! I love the addition of pecans in this one!

The Susan Lucci of food! Hahaha! Nicole, you crack me up!!! Can't wait to try this recipe! AND I love that it's only like what 6 ingredients! love it!

I love this idea Nicole!  I defrosted pork chops this morning and was wondering what to do with them!  I love pecans! :D

Made this tonight - delish!  The only alterations I made was I reduced the brown sugar to 1 tablespoon and added 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard to the pan drippings.  I served it over canned sliced potatoes believe it or not - AMAZING!  My husband normally doesn't like fruit with meat, and he liked it.  I LOVED it!  And it only took like 20 minutes from beginning to end - score!  Thanks again Nicole!

Thanks, Biz! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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