Harvest is always a very busy time on the farm, so we need quick meal ideas. Pork chops are a go in our house because they cook so quickly, taste so good and pair with a variety of great flavors! These pork chops that are 3/4″ thick seriously only took seven minutes to cook.
When the weather is good, all of our time and effort seem to be focused on getting corn and soybeans harvested. After a rain when the fields are too wet to keep harvesting we get a break for a day or two. We like to go to a local orchard and pick apples. My family seems to pick far more apples than we need, so this is one of my go to meals.
The key to success in this recipe is to remember that these chops really are done and properly cooked after 7 min. I set the pork chops out on the counter when I got home from work so that they can get closer to room temperature. I got the kids settled, cleaned up the items we carry in from the day. I turned the skillet on medium high heat, opened the chops and put them in the skillet. I added salt and pepper in the skillet, cut the apples and set the table while the chops were cooking. I will say that a good skillet is key to this recipe and I love my Scanpan. It heats up very quickly and cooks evenly!
That’s right, these chops are succulent because they are properly cooked. I used a meat thermometer and removed from the heat at 145 degrees Fahrenheit. In my skillet that only took seven minutes. These chops were so juicy and the apples add such a nice flavor to the meal.
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Caramel Apple Pork Chops
This is an easy fall recipe. My family loves tender pork chops and these cook in only 7 minutes! The apples add a sweet flavor to the meal.
- 4 New York (top loin) pork chops 3/4-inch thick
- 2 T. brown sugar
- 1/8 t. cinnamon
- 2 T. butter
- 2 tart red apples, cored and sliced into 1/2-inch wedges
Remove chops from refrigerator up to an hour before cooking. The closer to room temperature the better. Heat skillet over medium-high heat. Place chops in skillet and season with salt and pepper as desired. Saute chops for 7 minutes, turning only once, until internal temperature on a thermometer reads 145 degrees F, followed by a 3-minute rest time. Remove; keep warm.
In a small bowl combine brown sugar and cinnamon, add some nutmeg if you like. Add butter to skillet; stir in brown sugar mixture and apples. Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes or just until apples are tender. Remove apples with a slotted spoon and arrange on top of chops. You may drizzle remaining sauce over the chops and sprinkle with pecans if you'd like.