Porkchops and applesauce! I may be dating myself if I tell you that this is a phrase I most closely associated with the Brady Bunch when it was quoted on the show by Peter Brady doing a Humphrey Bogart impression.

Although I remember the phrase from the early 70’s, it can actually be traced back to the early 1900’s…and no I’m not that old. Back then it was used as another term for flattery. It originated from boarding houses that served cheap applesauce to disguise the fact that fancier food wasn’t available in their establishments.

But beyond being a popular catchphrase…well at least among the older crowd, it is also a dish commonly served in certain countries of the world. It is served in the United States and Spain with pork chops that can be pan-fried, baked, broiled and even breaded.

This recipe is not for pork chops and applesauce but simply pork chops and apples. Although it’s a bit of a variation, the apple still offers the sweet and fruity taste that goes with many dishes. Read on to find out how you can make it for your family.

Pork Chops with Apples

To make this recipe, take 4 butterflied pork chops and place them in a non-stick shallow, baking pan. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Take 2 apples, peeled, cored and cut in half and place each half on the top of a pork chops. Add butter and brown sugar to each of the apples. Bake for another 15 minutes and serve with your choice of side.

There are several sides that can make the perfect complement to this dish. A white or flavored rice will become infused with the apple’s juice giving it a terrific taste. A light salad with a fruity vinaigrette will also work well.

Mashed sweet potatoes or sweet potato fries can also make a great side that brings out the fruity taste of the dish.

Pork Chop Apple Recipe

You may still think that pork chops and apples are an unusual combination but there are plenty of dishes that use both ingredients. Here are some alternate recipes you can try.

One Pan Porkchops with Apples and Onions: This recipe features apples and onions as a light and healthy side for the pork chops. To make it, start by seasoning the pork chops with salt and pepper.

Add 1 tbsp olive oil to a skillet and heat over medium to high heat. Add pork chops and sear 3 to 5 minutes a side. Remove from heat.

In small mixing bowl, mix ¾ cup chicken stock with 1 tsp Dijon mustard and whisk together.

Add remaining tbsp. oil to the pan then add apples and onions. Cook 4 minutes stirring occasionally. Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, sage and thyme.

Pour in stock mixture and scrape bottom of the pan to release brown bits. This will add flavor.

Put pork chops back in pan nestling them between the apples. Cook 2 to 3 minutes until pork chops are finished cooking and liquid is reduced by half.

Caramel Apple Pork Chops: Dinner or dessert? We don’t know. Delicious? Absolutely!

Start by preheating the oven to 175 degrees and place a medium dish in the oven to warm.

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Brush the pork chops with oil and place in a hot pan. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes turning occasionally. Transfer to warm dish in oven.

In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, salt, pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add butter to the skillet and stir in brown sugar and apple mixture. Cover and cook until apples are tender.

Remove apples with a slotted spoon and place on top of chops. Keep warm in the oven.

Continue cooking the sauce uncovered in skillet until slightly thickened. Spoon over apples and chops. Sprinkle with pecans.

Serve with the side of your choice like rice, veggies or, I don’t know…ice cream???

With a variety of sweet and savory tastes, an apple and pork chop dish is one that everyone can relate to. Use ingredients that will turn up the sweet or accent the savory for a recipe your family is sure to enjoy. How will you be turning this combination into something delectable? 

If you enjoyed this recipe, make sure to check out our Maple Pecan Pork Chops and our Pork Chops Devine.

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Apple-Pork Chops Recipe

  • Author: Moms Who Think
  • Total Time: 55 minutes


With a variety of sweet and savory tastes, an apple and pork chop dish is one that everyone can relate to.


  • 4 butterflied pork chops
  • 2 apples, peeled and cored
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper for taste


  1. Place pork chops in a non-stick sprayed shallow baking dish.
  2. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cover and bake at 350°F for 30 minutes.
  4. Uncover and place apple halves on top of pork chops.
  5. Add a little butter and a little brown sugar on each of these apples.
  6. Bake for another 15 minutes.
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 Minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pork chops with apples, pork chop apple recipe

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