Absolutely delicious baked pork chops and apples

Mom gave me a gigantic Taste of Home cookbook for my birthday that has over…uh…just a second…ah yes, 1,395 recipes for everything ranging from yogurt marinated chicken to angel food candy. Since we have George Washington (our dearly beloved albeit deceased lamb) in our freezer, I flipped to the handy-dandy “Porc et l’Agneau” section of the 1,395 recipes. Et voila! There was baked pork chops and apples. But the decision between that and the smothered pork chops with mushrooms and pepper Jack cheese was a difficult one. The fact that we have no fresh mushrooms in our possession deterred us from smothering poor George. But we loved the apples with the chops, since we always serve applesauce with pork chops.

Ingredients:

  • 6 bone-in pork loin chops (I just used four huge chops)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 medium baking apples, peeled and sliced
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons flour

Directions

  • Sprinkle pork chops with salt. In a large skillet, brown chops in oil; set aside. Place apples and raisins in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Combine 2 tablespoons brown sugar, cinnamon and cloves; sprinkle over apples. Drizzle with lemon juice. Arrange pork chops on top.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 40-45 minutes or until chops are tender and juices run clear.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the apple juice, orange juice and remaining brown sugar; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add enough flour to thicken it. Serve with pork chops just before serving.

P. S. That picture is a fake. Well, not really. I just wasn’t cooking this meal. I was cooking Pioneer Woman’s scrumptious chicken with olives which my mother adored. And that cute polka-dotted apron and blue flower earrings? Birthday gifts. Point of post: go make some pork chops and put a cookbook and apron on your birthday wish list.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Christine
    Jun 26, 2010 @ 17:07:14

    Jess! I love the picture! It's super cute and you look so….retro. 😉

    Reply

  2. Samantha R.
    Jun 29, 2010 @ 21:43:14

    Cute apron! Very retro-ey ;)And the recipe sounds good. You substituted the lamb chops for the pork chops, right?

    Reply

  3. Abutton
    Jul 02, 2010 @ 16:57:23

    Was George a lamb or a hog?

    Reply

  4. Jessica Elisabeth
    Jul 07, 2010 @ 16:12:06

    George was a lamb. Sorry about that! So yes, lamb chops can be substituted for pork chops. (Sometimes my blondness appears in my blog posts, and I confuse lambs with hogs. But I heard of someone who wondered what the difference is between a beef cow and a pork cow. That makes me feel better. :))

    Reply

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