This morning we woke up to a fresh 6 inches of snow. Not uncommon for February in Minnesota, but it had me craving something comforting for dinner. I had pork chops in the freezer and my sweet tooth was acting up soooo… Maple Pork Chops it is!
This is a great fast and easy dinner that uses ingredients you probably already have on hand. I served mine with a side of quinoa-brown rice, but these chops also go great with a salad if you’re not feeling the carbs.
Easy pork chop recipe for two – a little sweetness from the apples and maple syrup. Perfect, comforting, winter meal. Recipe at KathleensCravings.com
- 1 tablespoon butter
- salt and peper
- 2 boneless pork chops
- 1 medium onion (sliced, I used a yellow onion, but sweet or white would work just fine)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 large apple (cored and thinly sliced)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup maple syrup (Use the good stuff for this, sorry Aunt Jemima)
- Preheat a skillet on medium heat. I used my trusty cast iron but your go-to skillet will work great. While the pan is heating, season both sides of the pork chops with salt and pepper. Once the pan is hot, add the butter to the skillet and allow to melt and start to bubble.
- Add the pork chops to the skillet to brown, 6-8 minutes. Flipping once. At this point the butter will becoming nice and brown (but not burnt).
- Remove the pork chops from the pan and set aside for now. Add the onion slices to the pan and get them going for 1 minute. Next add the garlic and continue cooking on medium heat for 1 more minute until the onions begin to soften and the garlic starts to become fragrant.
- Add the apples and lemon juice and cook for 3-4 minutes so apples also start to soften.
- Return pork chops to skillet. Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes.
Finally, add the maple syrup to the skillet and stir to distribute.
- Cover again and continue cooking for 4-6 minutes or until pork reaches a temp of 145°. In these last 5 minutes I like to flip the pork occasionally so the yummy maple syrup glaze incorporates into the chops.
- Serve with your preferred side and enjoy!
- Category: Main Dish
- Cuisine: American