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!  This recipe for Easy Caramel Apple 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.

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How to Cook Pork Chops in a Skillet

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!

caramel apple pork chop

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.

When we can’t grill pork chops outside and make these Farmhouse Marinated Pork Chops this is our go-to pork chop recipe.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Printable Recipe for Pork Chops and Apples

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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.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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.

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