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Grilled or Pan Fried Pork Chops with Fresh Apples


Tender pork chops topped with caramelized apples go delightfully well with White and Sweet Potato Casserole with Spice Butter.


Grilled or Pan Fried Pork Chops with Fresh Apples



  • 4 loin or rib pork chops
  • 3 large firm, sweet apples, cored, peeled and sliced into 12 slices*
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple juice or cider
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon Rain’s Choice pure Vanilla Extract (or to taste)
  • salt and pepper to taste.


  1. Grill or pan cook pork chops until barely done. Place on a platter in a warm oven.
  2. Add butter and brown sugar to pan used to cook pork chops and set over medium heat. Stir butter and sugar to blend well and to allow to caramelize slightly and to loosen small pieces of the pork chops.
  3. Add apple juice or cider and apple slices. Cook apples just until done, then remove with a slotted spoon and set apples aside.
  4. Reduce the pan juices to two to three tablespoons. Remove from heat and add vanilla, salt and pepper. Add apples slices and return to heat until the apples are hot. Pour over the pork chops. Serve with rice or potatoes.


Summer apples such as Gravenstein will work in this recipe; you may need to add a little extra sugar.

This recipe can also be made with peaches or nectarines. You will need less sugar and less juice as stone fruits have lots of natural juices.

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is an author, educator, culinary historian, and owner of The Vanilla Company (www.vanillaqueen.com), a socially conscious, product-driven information and education site dedicated to the promotion of pure, natural vanilla, and the support of vanilla farmers worldwide. She also does culinary presentations for food professionals, cooking schools, trade shows, food fairs, and private groups, and is a regular radio and TV guest.

Comments (1)

  • Kathy


    This is SOOOO GOOOD!! And so simple to make. As usual your vanilla is incredible in this and I know it would not be half as good with any other. Looking forward to trying it with your sweet potato casserole next time. Thank you!


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