Background and History:
Applesauce Pork Chops is a delightful and comforting dish that marries the savory goodness of pork with the sweet tang of applesauce. This classic dish has its roots in American home cooking, where pork chops were commonly paired with applesauce, a practice that can be traced back to early American culinary traditions. The combination of tender pork and applesauce offers a balance of flavors that continues to be cherished.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
- 4 boneless pork chops
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Season the pork chops with salt and pepper on both sides.
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
- Add the pork chops and sear for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until they are browned and cooked through. Remove the pork chops and set them aside.
- In the same skillet, add the unsweetened applesauce, chicken broth, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground allspice, and ground cloves.
- Stir well to combine and let the sauce simmer for about 3-4 minutes, allowing it to thicken.
- Return the cooked pork chops to the skillet and simmer for an additional 2-3 minutes to heat the pork through.
- Stir in the butter to add richness to the sauce.
- Serve the Applesauce Pork Chops hot, drizzling the sweet and savory sauce over the pork. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts: (Per serving)
- Calories: 290
- Protein: 25g
- Carbohydrates: 15g
- Fat: 14g
- Fiber: 1g
- Sugars: 12g
- Adjust the amount of brown sugar to your desired level of sweetness.
- You can use homemade or store-bought applesauce, but unsweetened is recommended for better flavor balance.
- Serve with mashed potatoes or steamed vegetables for a complete meal.
Please be cautious of any allergies to pork or specific ingredients. Always check for individual dietary restrictions and allergies before serving.