Baked Cinnamon Apple Pork Chops are a sheet pan dinner style version of an American classic. Both Baker’s Man and I grew up eating pork chops with apple sauce, so this combination wasn’t unusual at all. The final result was tender, delicious, and very easy to prepare. In fact, after some initial resistance to the recipe, Baker’s Man has approved this recipe for regular rotation on our menu during the colder months.
This recipe was inspired by a post over at living on a dime for baked apple pork chops, but I made one significant change. For some reason, whenever I make pork chops in the oven, they tend to be tough, and I’ve learned that marinating them beforehand helps to ensure that they stay tender. The final recipe did not disappoint, but as I mentioned above, there was some initial resistance to this recipe.
Baker’s Man wandered into the kitchen and saw the pork chops arranged in a 9X 13 inch pan.
“Is that what’s for dinner?” He asked.
“Yes. I”m making Cinnamon Apple Pork Chops.” I replied. He smiled and left.
He returned a few minutes later to find me peeling and chopping the apples.
“What are you doing?”he asked accusingly.
“I’m chopping the apples for the Cinnamon Apple Pork Chops.”
“Who told you to do that?”
“I can’t make cinnamon apple pork chops without apples.”
“No one’s going to like this.”
I continued to assemble the ingredients in the pan as he stared at the apples being piled on top of the pork chops.
I reminded him that we used to eat pork chops and apple sauce together when we were kids. He made a rude sound and left the kitchen. The struggle is real. It’s hard keeping everyone around here happy at mealtime; however, the smell of the cinnamon and apples drifting out of the kitchen while dinner baked may have helped to tips things in my favor.
When the Baked Cinnamon Apple Pork Chops were served, the house smelled wonderful. It was accompanied by Country Zucchini Casserole, Baker’s Man reluctantly took a small portion, but when he took his first bite, he made a sound that indicated surprise. He ate everything on his plate, and even had seconds. He had leftovers for lunch the next day, too. I’m not keeping score, but if I was, it would be Patti Cake 3,947 and Baker’s Man 4.
There have been many times where my dinner ideas have met with similar resistance, but I almost always win the battle, so if your spouse is picky. Adopt my philosophy, and post a similar sign in the kitchen. Tonight’s dinner has two choices–take it, or leave it. Baker’s Man always opts to take it rather than go hungry.
As I mentioned above we served this with Country Zucchini Casserole, and it was delicious, but over at Living on a Dime, they recommend serving this dish with rice and broccoli, and making some delicious cinnamon roll bread pudding for dessert.
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- ½ cup apple juice ($0.10)
- 7 Boneless Pork Chops ($7.98)
- salt and pepper to taste ($0.04)
- 6 granny smith (or other tart) apples, peeled and chopped ($1.12)
- ⅓ cup packed brown sugar ($0.15)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon ($0.06)
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg ($0.03)
- ¼ cup butter, cut into small pieces ($0.32)
- Marinate pork chops in apple juice for at least 30 minutes (Can marinate longer. I pour the juice over the top of mine, and allow them to soak while I cut up the apples. I also flip them over at some point to ensure both sides were immersed in the apple juice.)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Remove pork chops from juice and pat dry.
- Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper
- Arrange Pork in the bottom of a prepared baking dish. (Spray with non stick spray, rub with butter, or do what they do at living on a dime and grease the pan with bacon grease)
- Arrange apple pieces on top of the pork chops.
- Mix cinnamon and nutmeg with the brown sugar.
- Sprinkle on top of the apples and pork chops.
- Cut the butter into thin slices and arrange evenly on top of the brown sugar.
- Cover pan with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes, or until the pork shops are done.
- Your house will smell heavenly.
Nutrition Information is for one pork chop from the recipe prepared as above with 1/2 cup of the apples.
|Amount Per Serving|
% Daily Value
Total Fat 15.7g
Saturated Fat 7.1g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Total Carbohydrates 28.1g
Dietary Fiber 4.6g
Vitamin D 23%