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Baked Pork Chops and Apples


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This recipe for baked pork chops and apples is not only one of my family’s favorites, it’s the most popular recipe among my readers.

Baked Pork Chops and Apples on a white plate

Baked Pork Chops and Apples with Brown Sugar Glaze

Wondermom Wannabe
Healthy and yummy meal for the whole family!
3.7 from 221 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 405 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 apples peeled and sliced
  • 4 boneless pork chops
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 T butter
  • 4 T brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Instructions
 

  • 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 over medium heat, melt butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, stirring constantly. Pour sauce over the pork chops and apples.
  • Bake uncovered at 350° for 35-40 minutes.

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Notes

Weight Watchers Freestyle = 11 points per serving

Nutrition

Calories: 405kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 29gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 170mgPotassium: 613mgFiber: 2gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 404IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg
Keyword apples, baked pork chops, easy dinner
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I’ve had several questions over time about this recipe. Here are some variations that have worked for others:

  • 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

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67 thoughts on “Baked Pork Chops and Apples”

  1. i m cooking this for my Dad tonight , but it seems 35 minutes is not nearly long enough for the chops . i
    may have to cook for 45 minutes.
    I worry about under cooking pork . the sauce didn’t look like much but i suppose it just glazes the pork and settled on the apples 🍎 yum , it smells really good baking

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    • I hope your dad likes the recipe. You could cook it for 40 minutes and then check the pork to see if it’s done. If it’s not, then try cooking for 5 more minutes.

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  2. 5 stars
    I’ve made these chops many times. They are sooooo good. My daughter who does not eat a lot of pork loves them. I have told many friends about this recipe.

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  3. 5 stars
    This is one of my go to recipes- we eat it a lot because it’s one meal that my 3 year old loves! I add more apples and I serve it with rice and corn. We really love it!

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    • Hi Marissa, many people prefer this with bone-in because they claim the pork dries out less. Sorry this response is late, I was out of the country until yesterday so this is the first chance I’ve had to check comments!

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    • You can absolutely cut back the sugar to make it to your taste! I would also reduce the butter by the same ratio to get the right consistency for the glaze. You can use the same amount of spices though for the flavor.

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      • 5 stars
        it was great. I used half the sugar and half the butter. delicious. I used bigger porkchops so i cooked for 45 minutes. They were tender and delicious

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  4. 5 stars
    OMG so good but I change one thing… the oven!! I work from 11am to 7pm with a 45 minute drive so I use the slow cooker. I cooked it on low for 8 hrs (my slow cooker stop automatically and switch to warm). Also I did NOT cook the sauce ahead, I mixed the 1/2 cup brown sugar with 1tsp pumpkin pie spices, 1tsp salt, 1/2tsp black pepper. So take 2 granny smith apples peeled and quartered on the bottom of the slow cooker then sprinkle 1/4 cup of the mixture then dot with 1/2 stick of softed unsalted butter then place pork chops on top then place 2 more peeled and quartered granny smith on top of the pork chops then the rest of the mixture then dot with the other half of stick of softed unsalted butter. Easy and soooooooo moist and good- TRY IT!

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    • Yes! I’ve done this before. You might need a few extra minutes in the oven since the dish will start from a colder temperature.

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    • You can. It will even help the pork stay moist, but also lends to the glaze being thinner and fattier (not a downside if you prefer it that way, just something to consider in case you don’t).

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  5. 5 stars
    I made this and it tasted great. Liked it so much having a dinner party with friends and am serving this. Can hardly wait to see what they think.

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  6. 4 stars
    The pork chops are tasty, but the cooking time is too long. I used very thick, boneless chops and at 35 minutes they came out dry. I would cut down the time by 5-10 minutes.

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  7. 5 stars
    This recipe is fantastic! I feel so grateful to have found it. The apples I used are what I had on hand – one Granny Smith apple and one Fuji apple. The baked pork chops turned out just as you described – and they were scrumptious!

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  8. Don’t know how it’s going to work but I prepared as per recipe then added some small potatoes and carrots on top before putting in the oven. We’ll see I’ve become the cook of sorts since my wife was diagnosed with Alzheimers last spring.
    Red G

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    • Hi Red, I hope it turns out great. It sounds good! Bless you for taking over as family chef. Sorry to hear about your wife’s diagnosis.

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  9. 5 stars
    Quick, simple, and DE-lish! I only have a few go to meals. This one will be added in to the mix for sure. Thanks so much for helping make my dinner making easier.

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  10. 4 stars
    This was awesome, I just need to find nicer chops and a way to thicken the sauce a bit. Personally I don’t care for any kind of cooked fruit so I wasn’t able to take bites of the apple on its own but it sure was delicious with pork in the same bite. The sauce was thin but really yummy!

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    • The sauce is meant to be a glaze (otherwise my kids would drink it up and end up consuming more sugar than pork – LOL). If you want a thicker sauce though, you can add a little cornstarch mixed with cold water to the sauce before pouring it over the pork chops and apples.

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    • I think you could! I think searing the pork chops before putting them in the crockpot would give them a nice coat. The rest of the ingredients can just be added on top. Cook on low to avoid too much moisture from building up in the pot and I think 4-5 hours should do the trick.

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  11. 5 stars
    Just finished dinner. The pork Chops were delicious. This is now on my favorite meal list. Thank you for this recipe.
    I will add onions next time to see how they work.

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    • You can, but to get the flavor and texture as close to the original recipe as possible, add 2 tsp of molasses (if you have it). If you don’t have molasses, it should still turn out fine.

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    • Hi Angie,

      To get the same flavors, use an extra apple, 2 T more of butter and brown sugar and 1/4 tsp extra of cinnamon and nutmeg. You might need to extend the cooking time by just a few minutes, but probably not if you have a pan large enough to allow you to lay all of the pork chops flat and side by side.

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  12. 5 stars
    I am getting ready to try this recipe and am going to be making an extra for the freezer. Did you perfect this recipe for that yet? Also, can I leave the skin on the apples or is it a must that I need to peel the apple slices? Thanks!

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    • I think you could substitute applesauce for the butter. Instead of heating it in a saucepan though, I would sprinkle the pork chops with brown sugar and then spoon a tablespoon of applesauce over each pork chop. Let me know how it turns out!

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    • I have never tried it, but that idea is GENIUS! I do think it would work. If you try it, let me know how it turns out. Otherwise, I’ll try it that way next time I make this and update the post to include this option.

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  13. I just found your recipe on Pinterest, and this is exactly what I was looking for. Heading to kitchen now to set up dinner. Thanks for sharing, will let you know how it turns out

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    • Hi Debbie, I use granny smith apples because it keeps the dish from being overly sweet, plus their texture holds up well in baking. Pink Lady apples also work well. Really, you can use any type of apple though, but if you use sweeter apples, you might want to add 1/2 tsp of lemon juice to help cut the sweetness. I hope this helps!

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  14. 5 stars
    I recently found a recipe that called for 2 chops and I am not a fan of adjusting recipes. My hubby and I are people who like to cook a meal and then have leftovers for the next day. Your recipe allowed that which is just awesome! And what a delicious dish. Made it last night, had leftovers for lunch, and am now craving more. Every bite incited an mmmmmmmm, which is rare for us!

    Thanks so much for an awesome, easy recipe I will be sure to share with friends!

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    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you very much for taking the time to come back and leave your very flattering comment. It makes me so happy that people enjoy this recipe. It’s one of my family’s favorites.

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  15. made this for dinner tonight, oh my gosh..talk about wanting to drink that glaze right out of the pan! lol i will definitely be putting this into the rotation! thanks!

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    • LOL. I think my kids might have actually done that once or twice after they’ve packed up leftovers (I always make a double batch to make sure we have some since it makes a great lunch the next day). I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for taking the time to comment and let me know.

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  16. Tonight will be the 3rd time I have made your baked pork chops and apples. Thanks so much for a simple, fast and new favorite dinner for the family!

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  17. I made your baked pork chops and apples with brown sugar glaze last night !! WOW !!! SO YUMMY !! My whole family LOVED IT!! This is a keeper!

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