Caramel-Apple Pork Chops Recipe
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Caramel-Apple Pork Chops Recipe

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Bacon, walnuts, pork chops and a scrumptious caramelized apple and onion mixture. How could anyone resist this fall family pleaser? Best of all, it cooks in one skillet, so cleanup is easy! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 bacon strips, chopped
  • 4 boneless pork loin chops (6 ounces each)
  • 3 small tart apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 packages (6 ounces each) fresh baby spinach
  • 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts, toasted


  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 3 teaspoons drippings. In the same skillet, cook pork chops in 2 teaspoons reserved drippings over medium heat for 2-3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Remove and keep warm.
  2. Saute apples and onion in 1 teaspoon reserved drippings in the same skillet until apples are crisp-tender. Stir in the brown sugar, butter, salt, cinnamon and pepper. Add broth; bring to a boil. Add pork chops. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 4-5 minutes or until a thermometer reads 145°.
  3. Remove chops to serving platter; let stand for 5 minutes. Add spinach to skillet and cook until wilted. Serve with chops. Sprinkle with bacon and walnuts. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Caramel-Apple Pork Chops in Simple & Delicious October/November 2012, p17

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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Reviewed Oct. 26, 2014

"We loved this! I don't go by the cooking time when the recipe calls for browning the meat and then simmering it with whatever sauce. My stove does not cook the same as a lot of these recipes call for, so I go by looks and feel, as well as my handy meat thermometer. Left the spinach out....forgot it! But this was lovely. Yes, salt and pepper the pork chops before browning. Why people don't just automatically do that as their normal prep routine, i don't get. Love TOH!!"

Reviewed Oct. 8, 2014

"This was delicious, but I seasoned the pork chops with salt and pepper first and would recommend that change. I also replaced the brown sugar with real maple syrup and left off the nuts because I wasn't sure how I'd like that texture with meat. I think I had to cook the pork chops longer than that for the initial browning, but they were tender and moist."

Reviewed Oct. 1, 2014

"This is very good. Hubby loved it too. However, next time I make it I will tweak it a bit. I found the pork chops to be a bit dry. After cooking bacon, I would skip cooking the pork chops and go directly to cooking the apples and onions. Then add all other ingredients as stated in recipe then while that is simmering, I would use Pork Tenderloin Medallions cut into 1/4 thickness, salt and pepper them first then lightly flour them, and saute in a separate non-stick skillet in a little butter and olive oil until golden brown and serve separate from apples and onions mixture. Also I would cut apples to two, cut broth in half, and cut brown sugar in half. I think these changes will make me give it five stars!

Also, I used half Kale and half Baby Spinich, yum!"

Reviewed Apr. 14, 2014

"Smelled great and my kids loved it! I halved the sugar, and it was still very sweet, and so more healthy! Loved the combo of apples, oignons and bacon. I didnt add the spinach nor nuts! Just had to go with what I had on hand but still tasted great!"

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2012

"This was not our families favorite recipe. The kitchen smelled really good while cooking but we thought chops were tough and bland. I used one bag of spinach. It took longer than the 35 minutes suggested in the recipe to make. Leftovers still sitting in the fridge. I'll pass on making this one again."

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