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Heritage Pork Chops with Caramelized Onions and Apples

The Best Pork Chops Recipe – Pan Seared Pork Chops

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The Best Pork Chops Recipe

The best pan seared pork chops with caramelized onions and organic apples.  This is the best pork chops recipe.  The sweet caramelized onions and apples complement the seasoned pork chops.   Serve with slow cooker mashed potatoes or leftover baked and a greens salad or green beans.  Also, when you buy heritage pork, it is so tender it melts in your mouth. Finally, I recommend you use heritage pork chops, but you can use what you have on hand.  You can use boneless pork chops or bone-in pork chops. This recipe works for both chop types.

You can say goodbye to dry and flavorless pork chops. Learn how to make juicy and tender pork chops with the simple tricks below. Who doesn't love juicy skillet pork chops?

How To Cook Pork Chops So That They Are Juicy and Tender?

For the best pork chops ever, the key is to sear them before you cook them. Also, the best way to cook pork chops is on the stovetop pan seared pork chops, although you can bake or stuff pork chops too.

Tip #1:  Take your pork chops out of the refrigerator thirty minutes before cooking. Never cook your chops straight from the fridge; they must be at room temperature. This trick works on cuts of meat such as steak or pork tenderloin.  

Tip #2: A half-hour before you plan to cook your chops, season them, so the salt has time to improve the flavor and texture of the meat. Since pork chops are lean, seasoning them with salt before cooking them is essential for making the best and most flavorful chops. Rub a little flour and your favorite spices onto your chops.   This trick will also work on heritage pork, the best carnitas recipe  – pulled pork, or Beer Braised Barbeque Pork Recipe.

Heritage Pork Chops Caramelized and Apples

The Best Pork Chops Recipe

Tip #3: Rub the pork chops with your favorite spice blend, sear one side until browned, then flip them over to the other. Afterward, cover your pork chops with a lid. The second side of the chops will slowly turn golden brown, and since we covered them with the lid, the heat from the stainless steel pan will gently cook the middle. Therefore, by gently cooking the chops in this manner, they will remain juicy and become tender.

Tip #5: Last, let the cooked pork chops rest. Once the chops are thoroughly cooked, transfer them to a clean plate but do not stack them on top of each other, then cover them with foil. After about 5 minutes of resting, all the juices will remain inside the chops and distributed around the meat, staying tender and juicy.  Then you will have the best pork chops ever.

Several meat companies delivery meat companies that deliver excellent quality organic, free-range, grass-fed, and heritage pork to your front door. 

Servings: 2-4   Prep Time: 30 minutes   Total Time: 45 minutes


2 pork loin chops, 8-10 oz. (BUY HERE)
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil (BUY HERE)
½ tbsp honey (BUY HERE)
1 Honeycrisp apple, cut into 12 pieces
1 sweet onion, cut into ½ inch slices
⅓ tsp fresh thyme
A little flour


  • Pat pork chops until completely dry
  • Season the pork chop with salt and pepper, little flour at least 30 minutes before cooking
  • Heat olive oil and butter in a medium cast iron skillet (medium-high). Once the skillet is hot, cook pork chops until a brown crust forms on each side and edges, approximately 5-8 minutes for each side or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit for medium well or 150 degrees Fahrenheit for well done. Remove the pork chops and let rest for several minutes
  • In the same skillet with the remaining pork fat and oil, add the thyme, apple slices, and onion slices. Brown each side of the apple slices until caramelized
  • Repeat with the onions. Remove apple slices and onion from heat. Divide the onion and apples among the pork chops and enjoy
Recipe: Crowd Cow – ****When possible buy organic


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