Growing up, we always had a jar of apple sauce at the table when eating pork chops. The flavours of apple and pork really do go marvelously together and this recipe is a great twist on that classic flavour pairing.
I’d never had apple butter before but picked up a jar of it at the local butcher’s. Wow. That stuff is amazing. I can’t believe I’d never had it before. I think I’m going to try my hand at making my own this fall!
Sweet and Spicy Apple-Mustard Pork Chops
4 1″ thick boneless pork chops, trimmed of fat (mine were closer to 1 1/2″)
2 tsp olive oil
1 cup apple butter
2 tbsp prepared mustard
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
3 cups apples, peeled and sliced (about 3 large apples)
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 tbsp cider vinegar
Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Cook pork chops until browned on each side, about 6-7 minutes.
While the pork is cooking, combine the apple butter, mustard, cumin, salt and pepper. Spoon over pork chops. Lower heat and cover. Allow the pork to cook about 10 minutes, until it’s slightly pink in the middle and the juices run clear.
Remove from pan and keep warm.
Add apples, onion and vinegar to sauce in pan. Stir and cover, cooking for 5 minutes or until the apples and onions have softened.
Spoon the apple mixture over the pork chops and serve.