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Eat Well Wednesday: Easy Apple-Sage Pork Chops
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Easy Apple Pork Chops #festfoods

You know it’s officially fall when your favorite recipe websites and food magazines are covered left and right with apple dishes. Regular old muffins, yogurt parfaits, cakes, and baked oatmeal are suddenly studded with sweet bites of apple and spiced up with aromatic cinnamon and nutmeg... a sure sign that summer has departed and winter is on its way. With apples being such a great source of nutrition, low in calories and high in dietary fiber, why shouldn’t they be the star of fall recipes everywhere?!  More often than not, though, the recipes that apples are featured in tend to be breakfast items or desserts. So today we’re changing things up by highlighting this beloved seasonal fruit in a delicious entrée- a classic pairing of apples with pork. Easy Apple-Sage Pork Chops are simple comfort food at its finest!

Seasoned pork chops are seared until golden brown, then apples and onions are tossed in and sautéed until tender and caramelized. A splash of apple juice added to the skillet at the end of cooking creates a sweet and savory pan sauce that makes this dish a real hit! So when you’re looking for a seasonal yet simple dinner idea this week during Applefest, be sure to give these Easy Apple-Sage Pork Chops a try!

Easy Apple-Sage Pork Chops

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp. flour

2 tsp. rubbed sage

1 ½ tsp. Lawry’s® Seasoned Salt

1 tsp. dried thyme leaves

½ tsp. ground nutmeg

6 boneless pork chops, ¾”-1” thick (about 2 lbs.)

1 Tbsp. canola oil

2 Gala apples, cut into thin wedges

1 large onion, thinly sliced

½ cup juice or apple cider

Directions:

  1. Mix flour, sage, seasoned salt, thyme and nutmeg in small bowl until well blended. Sprinkle both sides of pork chops with 1 tablespoon of the flour mixture.
  2. Heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add pork chops; brown on both sides. Remove from skillet. Add apples, onion, remaining seasoned flour and juice to skillet; stir until well mixed. Return pork chops to skillet.
  3. 3.       Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 5 minutes or until pork chops are desired doneness. Remove pork chops to serving platter; keep warm. Simmer sauce 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Serve sauce over pork chops.

Yield: 6 servings Per Serving*:  Calories 300, Total Fat 12g (Saturated 3.5g, Trans 0g), Cholesterol 105mg, Sodium 450mg, Total Carbohydrate 14g (Dietary Fiber 2g, Sugars 9g), Protein 34g, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 10%, Calcium 2%, Iron 10%

*Nutritional values are an approximation. Actual nutritional values may vary due to preparation techniques, variations related to suppliers, regional and seasonal differences, or rounding.

Easy Apple Pork Chops

Leah Anderson is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with Festival Foods and is certified by the state of WI.

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