Guest Post: Baked Pork Chops and Apples

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.

Baked Pork Chops 1

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.

Baked Pork Chops 2

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.

Baked Pork Chops 3

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.

Baked Pork Chops 4Dot the slices with the butter.

Baked Pork Chops 5

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.

Baked Pork Chops 6

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.

Baked Pork Chops 7Cover with foil and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for an hour.

Baked Pork Chops 8

I told you it was juicy!  The chops come out tender and the blending of the flavors is perfect.

Baked Pork Chops 9

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 (  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.

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14 Comments on “Guest Post: Baked Pork Chops and Apples”

  1. March 15, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    sounds great, my wife makes pork medallions with pear, and it is one of our family favorites.


  2. March 15, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    This looks good.
    In the immortal words of Peter Brady: pork chops and applesauce.


  3. March 15, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Looks super tasty! I make a caramel apple pork chop recipe that is similar, but I’m definitely going to try this way out!


  4. March 15, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    I lpove to cook and OI am always searching for recipes that are different. Just want to make meals more fun. nI am the cheif cook in my familt. Your recipe for pork chops looks scumpious, and pork chops are my favorite dish. I will try your recipe. Thank you for showing all of us at Worldpress


  5. March 15, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    This is an interesting combination! Looks great!


  6. March 15, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    Hey, thanks for letting me know you like my recipes on Your blog is great. Look forward to trying out some of yours!


  7. March 15, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    This looks easy, delicious, and gluten free! Perfect for me. Thanks for sharing.


  8. esivy
    March 16, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    I’ve always wondered about fruit and meat but even though I come from a big family of foodies none of them have ever made something like this. This looks like a really easy recipe. I’ll have to try it!


  9. March 16, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    Pork and apples are a great combination of flavors – thanks for the recipe!


  10. March 17, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Wordy Photographer and commented:
    I have a similar recipe using apples and pork chops that is my “go to” dish but yours is less complicated and time consuming so I’ll have to give it a try.


  11. March 18, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    Pork chops and apples are such a good combo. I plan to try your version. It looks simple and delicious.


  12. We Three Locals
    March 21, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    Made this last night for dinner for myself and my boyfriend. It was absolutely delicious, so easy to make, and not at all heavy on the pocketbook. We’ll definitely be making it again! Sides were wild brown rice and asparagus. Mmm mmm delish!



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