The other night, I was out at the grocery store trying to figure out what to do for dinner that evening. My husband and I were in similarly uninspired moods, so I wandered aimlessly around trying desperately to find a spark of an idea. What finally caught my eye was a lonely package of pork chops stuffed with brie and apples. I eagerly grabbed it, thinking that our dinner dilemma was solved and I could finally go back home. Nay nay. Nestled under the porky meat flaps was a watery mix of brown apples and….some indescribable substance. Gross.
But through many rain clouds come rays of sunshine and in this case, I finally had inspiration: chipotle pork chops with maple apple sauce. Pork and apples are made for each other and this quick, easy recipe is something anyone can do in a quick pinch. I recommend serving these with seasoned rice and sauteed kale.
Chipotle Pork Chops With Maple Apple Sauce
Chipotle-rubbed pork chops topped with a sweet, spicy apple sauce.
Heat up a large pan (cast iron skillet is ideal) to medium-high heat with 1-2 Tbsp of butter or cooking oil. Preheat oven to 350°.
Remove pork chops from packaging. Give them a wash under cold water and place them on a plate or baking sheet. Sprinkle both sides with chipotle, salt and garlic.
Place pork chops into the pan, making sure to get a good sear on both sides.
Once both sides have browned, place the pork chops into preheated oven and let cook for about 5 minutes.
Maple Apple Sauce
While your pork chops are cooking, put your apple sauce into a small pot over medium heat. Add maple syrup and chipotle flakes, stirring occasionally while the mixture heats up. The amount of maple syrup and chipotle you use is up to you. Whatever tastes good to you, go with that!
Finishing The Dish
Once your pork chops are fully cooked through, serve them topped with as much apple sauce as you'd like.