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Caramel-Apple Pork Chops

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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°.
  • 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.

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  • luigimon
    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!!

  • TLPA
    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.

  • JaneenL
    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!

  • MarnieFrance
    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!

  • ColleenaG
    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.

  • monjean
    Oct 16, 2012

    We loved this! We don't like spinach so I subbed in 2 cups of frozen green beans for the spinach. Unbelievably good.

  • mandy0126
    Oct 11, 2012

    This is a new favorite in my house! My kids can be very picky, but they came into the kitchen telling me how good it smelled and then ate every bit without complaint. I halved the recipe for just me and my kids and used apple juice instead of chicken broth. I also omitted the onion and nuts (personal preference) and just chopped up the spinach and added it during the last minute of cooking time. My kids will eat spinach all day if it's chopped up in their food! All in all, this recipe is going to get a lot of use in my house!

  • jstjean10
    Sep 19, 2012

    Excellent flavor I don't like walnuts but tried it anyway it was delicious!

  • bdfloyd
    Sep 16, 2012

    This is a super-deluxe way to have pork chops. My family loved it and so did I. It will enter the regular rotation. It took my quite a bit longer to make this recipe than the 35 minutes indicated, though. I had to cook my pork over twice as long as suggested. In my opinion, there is no need (or room) for 2 bags of baby spinach, one was more than enough. Next time, I will use just one large apple as well instead of 3 small ones. I also recommend salting and peppering the pork prior to browning instead of adding the seasonings to the apples & onions. Artificial sweetener and a drizzle of molasses make a great brown sugar substitute, by the way.

  • mkfrazier
    Sep 10, 2012

    Terrific flavor combination. Very good as is, but I'll add a little more cinnamon and brown sugar to give it a little more "pop".