A favorite dish in our house, especially during cooler weather, are pork chops and applesauce. One of my kids recently decided that applesauce is too mushy so I came up with this variation that has been a big hit with everyone in the family. These baked pork chops and apples are a favorite meal in our home.
Super Simple Steps
Here’s a quick video to show you how simple this is to prepare. You’ll find detailed step-by-step instructions directly below the video. Click here to go directly to the recipe card.
In lieu of applesauce, I slice apples and lay them in the bottom of a casserole dish.
I sprinkle cinnamon on top of the apples and then layer the pork shop on top of them.
Next, I make the sauce and pour it over the pork and apples. In case you don’t make it all the way down to the comments, one reader mentioned that she replaced half of the sugar with honey and was pleased with the result.
Then it goes in the oven for 35-40 minutes and dinner is served! We will usually have sweet potato fries and green beans. The sweet glaze keeps the kids from complaining about vegetables since they feel like they’re getting away with an early dessert. It’s surprising how a little sprinkle of cinnamon and brown sugar can transform a meal into kid-friendly.
Baked Pork Chops and Apples with Brown Sugar Glaze
- 2 apples peeled and sliced
- 4 boneless pork chops
- salt and pepper
- 4 T butter
- 4 T brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 350°, Layer apples in bottom of casserole dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Trim fat from pork chops. Lay on top of apple slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- In small saucepan, melt butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, stirring constantly. Pour sauce over the pork chops and apples.
- Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes.
- Serve with sweet potatoes, stuffing or rice
- For a vegetable, go with green beans or a side salad
- Feel free to swap out half the sugar and replace it with honey
- Use whatever apples you like best. If you don’t like it overly sweet, use granny smith apples. Otherwise Fuji and gala apples work well.
- I bake this dish uncovered
- The recipe feeds 4 but if you’re feeding hungry teenagers, you should calculate 2 chops/heavy eater
- You can leave the fat on, but it will make the sauce thinner
- If you have a cinnamon allergy (or simply don’t like it) you can substitute allspice or nutmeg
- The glaze works well for baked apples as a dessert too
- If you want to eliminate the butter, you can use applesauce instead
- Another reader recommends adding onions and bell pepper to the dish