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February 25, 2013

recipes {apple cider glazed pork chops}

happy monday, y'all! the beginning of the week is always so hectic for me. trying to get back into the swing of things & waking up early again...ugh! i hate that cooking begins to feel like a chore on the weekdays, but we all have to eat, right? so in order to stay excited about making a meal after a long day i am always on the look out for quick, easy & lean options for dinner. i am typically a chicken gal, but today i have a must try pork recipe for you that is so simple & definitely a weekday option!


pork chops typically come with the bone in & are about an inch or so thick...they are delish & look gorgeous on a plate, but this time i picked up some thin cut chops that i knew would cook quickly! i paired them with a simple apple cider glaze that boosted these chops to a whole new level! mark was crazy about it & i am still wishing there were more leftovers...

>> what you'll need
pork chops {any kind you prefer. i used about 8 thin cut, center cut pork chop without the bone}
salt & pepper to taste
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 glove garlic, minced
11/2 cups apple cider
1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped

>> directions
1. pat chops with paper towel to remove any moisture. sprinkle with salt & pepper on both sides.

2. heat large skillet to medium-high heat. spray with oil & add a touch of butter. when the butter slightly browns then add the chops. {if your pork chops don't all fit into the pan at once then work in batches. do not over crowd}

3. depending on the thickness of your chop you will leave it in the pan on each side for about 3-6 minutes.

4. once you have fried all of your pork chops remove them from the pan and set aside on a plate.

5. lower the heat to medium and add your garlic. stir continuously & keep your eye on the garlic because you don't want it to burn. let it cook for about 30 seconds until fragrant. then add the vinegar &, with a wooden spoon, scrape the bottom of the pan to release any bits of goodness stuck to the bottom of the pan.

6. add the apple cider & crank up the heat until you have a low simmer. let the sauce simmer for about 5-10 minutes until it reduces & forms a glaze.

7. add the chopped rosemary & allow it to cook for a minute or two. turn off heat. add the pork chops back into the pan & cover with the glaze!

pair these puppies with some mashed potatoes, roasted root veggies and a fresh garden salad & you are all set!

**the recipe for the glaze is just enough to lightly coat each chop. if you want more of a sauce then you may want to double the recipe. 


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10 comments:

  1. ooh, this looks good! thanks for reminding me that I have pork chops in the freezer...

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    1. haha glad i could help you remember!! try this glaze, you will love it!

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  2. Perfectly browned! I'm always looking for simple pork chop recipes. Thanks for this one. I'm bookmarking.

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    1. this one is SO simple. give it a try & let me know what you think!

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  3. I wanna try these pork chops they look so delicious

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  4. Those look delicious! I may have to give them a try (except that requires a trip to the store for pork chops). :)

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  6. they look so yummy!!!

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  7. This recipe looks and sounds delicious, I can't wait to try it. I shared on Pinterest ... hoping thats OK. Thanks for posting the recipe.

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