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Cinnamon-Apple Pork Chops Recipe

Cinnamon-Apple Pork Chops Recipe

When I found this recipe online years ago, it quickly became a favorite. The ingredients are easy to keep on hand, and the one-pan cleanup is a bonus. —Christina Price, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat butter, divided
  • 4 boneless pork loin chops (4 ounces each)
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 medium tart apples, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans

Directions

  • 1. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Add pork chops; cook 4-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 145°. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  • 2. Remove chops; keep warm. Add apples, pecans, brown sugar mixture and remaining butter to pan; cook and stir until apples are tender. Serve with chops. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Land O'Lakes light stick butter.

Nutritional Facts

1 pork chop with 2/3 cup apple mixture: 316 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 232mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 4g fiber), 22g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1 starch, 3 lean meat, 1 fruit, 1 fat

Reviews for Cinnamon-Apple Pork Chops

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comere2me
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2016

"Simple, delicious, loved it!"

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jlhemming
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2015

"I prepared this recipe last night. Easy and delicious. I cooked Gala apples as it was what I had available. Will try more tart apples next time. Also added glazed pecans instead of the plain pecans."

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diannevdv
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2015 Edited Jan. 22, 2016

"The only thing I changed was to saute onions, garlic, celery, raisins chopped apples in a Dutch oven pan first in butter and a little olive oil (so butter doesn't brown). Then remove from pan and brown the pork chops in the drippings. Return chopped onions, celery, garlic, raisins and apples to pan. Add brown sugar, nutmeg and 1/3- 1/2 can frozen apple juice concentrate to the pan at this time and mix in. Then stir in 1-2 T. corn starch to thicken a little. Spread some of the sauce on the bottom of the casserole. Add browned pork chops. Spread remaining sauce on chops. Sprinkle with parsley. Bake at 350 degrees covered for 35 - 40 min ; uncover last 10 - 15 min. Bake until no longer pink inside. The flavors are amazing.! dvdv Pinehills in Plymouth MA"

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luigimon
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2015

"I decided to try what one of the reviewers said, and I put the pork chops in a 9x13 pan, coated lightly with Pam, and sprinkled the pork with Kosher salt and pepper. I put the brown sugar mixture together with the two tbs of melted butter. Topped the pork with the apples and then dotted it all with the brown sugar mixture. I baked it at 375 for about 40 minutes, keeping an eye on it so I wouldn't overcook the pork. Turned out way tasty, though not nearly as pretty as the picture. Next time, I will brown the chops to get that pretty color. Very good, not too sweet as the other reviewers say.....but nothing is too sweet for me!!!"

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TheDix
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2015

"Good fall dinner. I cut back on the brown sugar because I used sweeter apples (Galas)."

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Sharonville
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2015

"#1 CHEF RULE.....People who say it's too bland need to season the meat before you cook it. Season every step of the recipe and you will always have a delicious dish. It doesn't necessarily mean salt. Use whatever spices you prefer."

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debsco98
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2015

"This is a nice dish fir fall with the apples great flavor"

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gbrgrlnlilmn
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2015

"This recipe has become a favorite in my house. I was worried the pork chops would be too bland so I cubed after cooking and added back in with the apples once they started to get soft. I've cooked for friends and everyone seems to love it."

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KimandTommy
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2015

"I'm not a huge fan of pork but I wanted to try this and it is delicious with the apples! It was also easy.I served this with a side of mashed rutabaga and it looked really pretty too. I will keep this recipe for sure."

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rmbarr059
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2015

"Very good. Will definitely make again!"

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bjsilve0
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2015

"Quick - Easy - Tasty"

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hamhock32
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2014

"Quick and easy."

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Punkyjoe81
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2014

"My kids went wild over this meal! They are begging me to make it again soon."

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wgball
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2014

"tried this one last night. I didn't have boneless pork loin chops on hand, so I substituted it with pork chops and cut down the cooking time to 3 minutes on each side. Used a blend of golden delicious and sansa apples. This was indeed a quick fix meal. My hubs enjoyed it very much."

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2CHMom
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2014

"Love this recipe. This is one of my top fall favorites."

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dancingfool
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2014

"Delcious, easy, quick, wonderful!"

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CEfurrer
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2013

"Quick and yummy! The apple side tasted like apple pie! I put the warm pork chops into the apple sauce in the frying pan and turned a couple of times before serving. And I omitted the nuts."

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bailey2223
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2013

"Quick easy and absolutely delicious!!!!"

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homemadewithlove
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2013

"Quick & easy pork chop meal! Apples and pork goes well together and the family always enjoys these dishes. Pecans are the finishing touch."

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Sarah.87
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2013

"These pork chops were quick and easy! Even easier when I used my canned apples from last fall. YUM!

The only downside was the sauce was super sweet so next time I would try to use something different or add something to adjust to my taste. My father in law and husband loved it, and said it tasted similar to mincemeat."

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mccrearyk
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2013

"Made this the other night and the entire family gave it five stars. That almost never happens! And it was so quick and easy to make -- will definitely be making this again."

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marig215
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2013

"It was very tasty & different"

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hershaw
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2013

"Who wants pork chops without apple sauce, this recipe solves that problem, the chops are moist and the sauce delicious. Even moister the nest day."

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shecooksalot
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2012

"While the apple mixture is very good by itself, with the pork chops it just didn't seem to have much flavor."

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shecooksalot
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2012

"While we didn't find anything wrong with the apple mixture, it just didn't do anything taste-wise for us when combined with the pork chops. The mixture is actually pretty good, but if I make it again, it will be for the apple mixture by itself."

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sstetzel
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2012

"[quote user="Rockamama"]

What is "reduced-fat butter"? Never heard of it.
[/quote]
Land O'Lakes makes a light stick butter.  You can find it in the dairy aisle with the other butter products."

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CWyatt
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2012

"Lacking in the flavor department. I will definitely not make it again. Overall, just an unimpressive recipe."

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NoRecipeRequired
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

"This was good...the chop in the picture is too thin so I used a double cut. And I always brine my chops it gives more flavor and lots of moisture."

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JoyMarie07
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011

"My husband loved this recipe. The sweet, cinnamon-y apples compliment the pork perfectly...will definitely make again. Very easy to adjust portion size depending on how many you are cooking for."

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shopmbr
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"Terrific and easy!"

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eli05
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2011

"very yummy. I left out the nuts because we didn't have any on hand."

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Rockamama
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"What is "reduced-fat butter"? Never heard of it."

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ethel2345
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2011

"This recipe was extremely easy and delicious! I grilled the chops outside to celebrate the beginning of spring instead of cooking them in the pan. They still came out great!"

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eli05
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"very yummy! I used Gala apples b/c I didn't have any tart apples on hand"

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stlcardno9
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2011

"This dish was quick & easy, plus it was delicious. The only change I made was cooking the apples in a little water."

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kaykay30
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2010

"Wow everyone loved it I also doubled the sugar and added some apple cider

I will make this again and again"

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mjlouk
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2010

"This was great! We loved it!"

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gaildr1
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2010

"Made this last weekend, after spending the morning apple picking, it was one of the best pork chop recipes I have made! My boyfriend asked for it again this week and he made it with chicken - BOTH are EXCELLENT! I agree with the other comments.... do double up on the sugar mixture, you will be glad you did. One thing I did the second time was to cook the sugar mixture a couple of minutes before I put in the apple. It helped to get rid of the powdery taste of the cinnamon dissolve everything. I also added a little apple cider. This is one receipe that will be made many times...."

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hfansler42
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2010

"Never thought to put apples and pork chops together. Tried it and to my surprise, the picky eaters in my family loved the recipe! It is definitely a keeper!"

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Sunjatared
Reviewed May. 28, 2010

"It was very good. Next time, though, I will season the pork chops before placing in pan."

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Jennifer Kopczyk
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2010

"I made this with chicken breasts and it was delicious! Taking advice, I doubled the brown sugar mixture, and I was glad I did. I also seasoned the chicken with fresh ground pepper, garlic salt, cinnamon, and brown sugar on one side and rubbed it in. Fantastic recipe will definitely make it again."

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Cook10
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2010

"Excellent"

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donovansquared
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2010

"Very good! I doubled the brown suger mixture (brown sugar splenda, cinnamon, nutmeg & salt) like another reviewer suggested and I was glad I did. I also cooked the apples (I used fuji apples...delicious), brown sugar mixture & pecans in an extra tbsp of butter since I doubled the mixture and it was perfect. I salt and peppered the pork chops before cooking and they had great flavor combined with the topping!"

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naberdan
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2009

"My most favorite recipe from Taste of home! It has become a regular recipe for my husband and I. We sprinkle the porkchops with garlic salt and cinnamon before cooking them. We also use fuji apples and leave out the pecans. We also like to double the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt for more sauce, but if you cook the apples down too much the sauce tends to be overpowering. Hope you enjoy!"

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sweetirene
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2009

"What a wonderful combination of flavors. My husband and I loved it."

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Supermingo4
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2009

"The recipe was great, but i would have prefered less tart apples ( I used granny smith). I served this with roasted red potatoes and loved it! Also, I added apple cider while cooking the apples."

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amybecca
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2009

"I made this for two by halving all of the ingredients. I used Golden Delicious apples instead because I don't like tart apples, and they were wonderful. I also used Splenda brown sugar mix to make it more diabetic friendly. The next time I make it, I think I will cut my pork chops in half (they were over an inch thick and took forever to cook) and make the topping in the amount for a full meal.... and return the pork chops to the pan for a couple of minutes to soak up some of the apple flavor. Was delicious as a leftover and the added crunch of the pecans was wonderful. Yummy meal and I love the idea another reviewer had to serve with sweet potatoes."

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Stacy83
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2009

"This recipe was delicious and so easy to make, plus the left over apple mix we had we used as a topping on frozen waffles for breakfast the next day! So good!!"

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carolyn8731
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2009

"if you put it all together and bake it at 375 degrees the sugar caramalizes and the pork chops are so tender you can cut it with a fork. a dark pan works best"

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LynnIzzy
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2009

"A meal perfect for a fall day! It was very good. My husband and I both loved it.

LynnIzzy"

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LBIELA
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2009

"This recipe sounded delicious but I was disappointed. The topping was great but the meat bland. If I were to make it again I'd try a rub on the chops or possibly brine them."

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BirderMom
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2009

"An especially delicious fall meal. I served it with sweet potatoes and fresh limas. Scrumptious!"

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carolyn65
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2009

"I tried the Cinnamon Apple Pork Chops, they were wonderful. Even my fussy husband loved them."

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babyjimmie
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2009

"Yummy!!!! Company-perfect -- easy family dinner -- perfect!! You gotta try this!"

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dusarahbear
Reviewed May. 13, 2009

"This was amazing and very delicious! Will be making it again soon."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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