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Apple-Topped Chops

 Apple-Topped Chops
My family loves these pork chops. The apple slices and juice keep the meat moist and tender, while the raisins, brown sugar and other spices give it a wonderful flavor. I make this for guests and they never fail to ask for the recipe - it's a palate-pleaser every time!
6 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours

Ingredients

  • 6 pork chops (3/4 to 1 inch thick)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced into rings
  • 1/2 cup raisins, divided
  • 3 medium apples, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Directions

  • In a large skillet, brown pork chops in oil over medium heat. Place
  • in an ungreased 3-qt. baking dish. Place onion rings over the chops.
  • Sprinkle with two-thirds of the raisins. Arrange the apple slices on
  • top and sprinkle with remaining raisins. Combine the apple juice,
  • brown sugar, salt, basil, nutmeg and cloves; pour over all. Cover
  • and bake at 350° for 1 hour. Uncover and bake 30 minutes longer
  • or until meat is tender. Yield: 6 servings.
Wine: Light-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.