Fall is definitely here, there's a nip in the air and for us we like eating comfort food. We also happen to have an abundance of apples! We have one tree in our backyard called Regent (which is an University of Minnesota developed apple introduced in 1964). And this year that one tree has produced over 250 apples. Quite the harvest! When we moved to the midwest from upstate New York, we knew we wanted a tree and needed one that would do well in our growing zone. We were pleasantly surprised at the many varieties that were developed at the U of M with the Regent getting rave reviews.
So far we have had apple crisp, pies and of course just eating them plain. I decided it was time to use them in a savory dish and pork chops was a no-brainer!
Pork Chops with Baked Apples
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 40 minutes
Adapted from Sandra Lee
Ingredients (4 servings)
- 4 thick cut pork chops
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp garlic salt
- 1 tsp dried sage leaves
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons soft butter
- 4 peeled and sliced apples (I used Regent)
- 1 cup panko crumbs
1. In a shallow bowl beat the egg with a fork and add 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, garlic salt and sage.
2. In another large bowl stir together the brown sugar, butter and 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice. Toss the apples in the mixture and then place in a 3 qt baking dish.
3. Place panko crumbs in a shallow dish. Dip the pork chops in the egg mixture and then coat with the panko crumbs and then place on top of apples. Bake for about 40 minutes until pork chops are done.
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Panko crumbs are my new favorite to use as a bread coating - so crispy and bake up nice. And of course the apples baked with the brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice was the best!