“This post is sponsored by the National Pork Board, although all opinions are my own.”
These Pan Fried Pork Chops with Apple and Cranberry Topping is another delicious meal to serve during the holidays.
These Pan Fried Pork Chops is the pork chop recipe for the winter!
Okay, I am not going to lie to you all, I very rarely make pork chops. I mean, I may make a good pork chop recipe once or twice a year. For no particular reason and it definitely isn’t because I don’t love pork. I LOVE PORK! I mean, tell me how good life would be without bacon and chocolate? It would be pretty dull, wouldn’t it? Well as a lover of pork (and chocolate) I am a proud advocate of incorporate this protein into your normal diet.
So back to the reason I don’t make pork chops that much. Well, the biggest reason is my husband. Although, I am a lover of pork, he is not. So, as of right now, I am the only pork eater in the house. Well, me and my dog. The other reason I don’t do a ton with pork chops is that I run into the same issue I run into when I am faced with chicken breast or turkey chops (yes this is a thing). Because of how lean these proteins are, it can be difficult to incorporate flavor or give the protein another reason for existing at all. You have to get creative in order to not lose interest in these particular cuts of meat. Luckily, every now and then I get inspired by the season and come up with some delicious ways to add flavor to my meals.
In the case of these Pan Fried Pork Chops, it only made sense to add a delicious topping to these babies. “Hmmm, what flavors are all about winter?”, I asked myself while browsing through the grocery store. As I was walking through the produce area, I saw a bag of cranberries and apples. Perfect! Apple pairs well with pork chops and cranberries are in season soooooooo…the rest is history.
Pretty much for the last 3 months of the year, we put more crap in our bodies than we care to admit. Starting with the football parties, to the Halloween candy, to the Thanksgiving Leftovers, and the Christmas Cookies. We are bound to gain a few pounds. Unless you are not a fun person and actually eat healthy at this time. If you are one of those people, I hate you (I’m really jealous of your discipline). Saying all of that, this dish is actually pretty healthy and lean. The Pan Fried Pork Chops are cooked in a bit of olive oil and the topping gets most of its sweetness from the apples. The great thing about this pork recipe is that although it is lean, you really won’t feel that you are eating healthy simply due to the flavor. This Pan Fried Pork Chop recipe is perfect as a main dish for your holiday dinner if you want a lighter and leaner option. Not to mention you don’t have to wait hours for a turkey or roast. This entire dish can be made in 30 minutes! So, if you are looking for a lean and healthy option for the holidays and you want something packed with winter flavors, try this recipe of Pan Fried Pork Chops with Apple and Cranberry Topping.
- 4 Boneless Pork Loin
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 2 Gala Apples, sliced and peeled
- ⅓ c. whole cranberries
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 tbsp. light brown sugar
- 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- Season the pork loin on both sides with salt and pepper. In a large saute pan, turn heat on medium high heat and begin to heat the olive oil. Sear the pork loin on both sides for 3-5 minutes. Remove from pan and cover with aluminum foil.
- In the same pan, melt the butter. Add the sliced Gala apples, cinnamon stick, and cook for about 5-7 minutes. Long enough for the apples to begin to soften. Add the whole cranberries and brown sugar and toss to coat the apples. Add the apple cider vinegar and continue to cook long enough for the cranberries to pop open, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and top the pork loin with the apple topping and serve.