Going out to restaurants are nice but there is nothing like a family recipe. It brings together the best tastes and memories into one. Today we have Beth from Homemade Things & Apron Strings bringing us one of her family favorites. Take a look at Homemade Things & Apron Strings and Beth’s great post below…
This is a recipe from my childhood. It was a family favorite and, fortunately, became a family favorite with my family. I think it was my mom’s sneaky way of getting us to eat the meat on our plates, but this was so good that it wasn’t a problem. Somehow, the flavors blend together wonderfully. And the best part of this recipe is that it’s easy and uses only a few ingredients that you probably already have on hand. So, it also makes a good “go to” dinner. Those are my favorite recipes – the ones that are easy, but spectacular in the end. And doesn’t it seem like the simple recipes with fewer ingredients are always the best?
I make it even easier on myself and serve it right from the baking dish, but you can put it on a serving plate if you have company. I like to have buttered noodles and dinner rolls with this dish. This is my comfort food meal.
The ingredients! Told you it was only a few – pork chops, apple, butter, cinnamon, and sugar. Well, there’s a little salt and pepper, too. I like to use meats with the bone in. I think it has more flavor, but you could certainly use boneless chops. This recipe gets very juicy and the apples will be very soft, so use firm apples.
Wash, core, and slice the apple into rings. Leave the skin on. I was moving too fast and cut the apple in half. But it was a mistake that worked in the end. I made a smaller portion, so the pieces fit better in the baking dish.
Lay the slices in the bottom of a baking dish. For the recipe pictured here, I used an 8×8-inch dish and 1 apple. Use the ends, too. This was for 4 pork chops, but when I make 6 chops, I use a 13×9-inch size and 2 apples.
Mix the sugar and cinnamon together. I love cinnamon sugar on my toast, so I keep a shaker of premixed in the cabinet and just use that. Anyway, sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar mixture over the apple slices.
Pat the pork chops dry and season with salt and pepper. Lay the pork chops on top of the apple slices. They don’t have to be completely flat on the apples.
I told you it was juicy! The chops come out tender and the blending of the flavors is perfect.
Baked Pork Chops and Apples
4 -6 pork chops
1-2 firm apples
1 Tablespoon butter
1 Tablespoon sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon (you can adjust to taste)
Salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Wash, core, and slice the apples into rings slightly larger than ¼-inch. Place the apples in baking dish. Use an 8×8-inch dish for 4 pork chops and 13×9-inch for 6 pork chops.
Dot the apple slices with the butter.
Mix the cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle the mixture over the apple slices.
Pat the pork chops dry and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place the chops on top of the apple slices.
Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour.
Serves 4 to 6.
I am a homemaker from New Jersey. I have a husband, 2 grown children, 2 grandchildren, and 2 dogs. I love to cook and craft and share my projects on my blog, Homemade Things and Apron Strings (www.homemadethingsandapronsstrings.com). I have an apron collection that I speak about to local groups. As a family, we campaign a drag race car. It’s a Top Alcohol Funny Car that my husband drives and the rest of us serve as crew. I have to feed and look after a crew of 9 or more.