Baked Apple & Onion Pork Chops make a great Sunday meal! Sweet, savory & tender pork chops served over rice or mashed potatoes make a great family meal!
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There is something very nice about the flavor combination of pork and apples.
Now if you add a little onion to the mix you’ve got yourself one tasty meal!
These Baked Apple & Onion Pork Chops are tender and flavorful and something I enjoyed quite a bit.
Now had you talked to me two years ago, we would have had a very different conversation.
Back then I didn’t eat pork. I swore off pork when I was a teenager and up until about a year ago, had never touched it.
It was my Crock Pot Sweet Pork that changed everything.
After hearing everyone rave about how good it was (especially my husband) and EVERY dinner guest asking me to make my sweet pork for dinner, I knew I had to try it.
EVERY single person who tried it – LOVED it.
And so about a year ago, I dug into a pile of sweet pork for the first time and decided to start eating pork again.
I never gave it up for religious reasons or dietary reasons. I simply felt sick after eating pork and stopped eating it – and all things that were pork.
It was Turkey Bacon for me and lots of chicken and beef.
However, my eyes are now opened, my taste buds have been reintroduced to good pork and I am now cooking it on a regular basis.
This recipe came after a moment of desperation in terms of having a TON of unexpected pork chop in my fridge and only a few days to use them.
My go-to was to play around with the idea of pork and apples.
The downside is that these take quite a while to bake. Making them a great Sunday dinner, but a bit long in terms of a weeknight dinner.
I tend to avoid long cooking meals on this website. But every once in a while, one sneaks in when it’s good.
The catch with pork chops is that they tend to be tough. So a long cooking process is generally needed to tenderize them and make them edible.
Talking about inedible pork chops. Back when I was 19 and living with a friends family (as we were looking for an apartment of our own) I decided I would cook pork chops for the whole family for dinner one night.
I assumed that they would cook up nice just like a steak. And so in my ignorance, I pan fried them on the stove and they instantly shriveled up into a hard, tough hockey puck.
Me not eating pork, it was a TERRIBLE idea to even try to make pork chops. And yet, I was confident enough that I could do anything. Oh man…it was quite the eye opening experience.
The dinner was a disaster and I never touched pork chops after that. Well, until I made my baked pork chops for my family of which they all loved.
I’d learned a few things about cooking since that terrible day many years ago and luckily my pork chop cooking abilities have improved!
This recipe is simple to make and tastes great! It’s sweet but not too sweet and packed with flavor!
If you love pork chops, give these Baked Apple & Onion Pork Chops a try!
- 1 medium small onion
- 1 granny smith apple, chopped
- 3 (1 inch thick) pork chops or 4 (1/2 inch - 3/4 inch thick) pork chops
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons flour
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup applesauce
- Pinch of all spice
- Pinch of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon corn starch
- Preheat oven to 350*F
- In a 9x9 casserole dish, layer apples and onions. Set aside.
- Season pork with garlic powder, salt, and black pepper on each side.
- Heat oil in pan until oil is hot.
- Place pork chops in pan and sear nicely on both sides. Do not cook through.
- Remove pork chops from pan and place on top of apple onion mixture.
- In same skillet add flour to remaining oil and stir until all flour is absorbed.
- Add water a few tablespoons at a time mixing well after each addition. Mixture will become a thick paste and then thin out. Once mixture is thinned out and there are no clumps you can dump remaining water in pan and stir well.
- Add apple sauce, all spice, cinnamon and lemon juice. Mix well.
- Pour this mixture over pork chops.
- Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour.
- Remove foil and bake for 30 minutes longer. Baste pork after 15 minutes.
- Pour apple mixture (not pork chops) into a sauce pan. Add 1 Tablespoon corn starch and bring to a boil. Boil for 3 - 4 minutes or until mixture thickens.
- Place pork chops over rice or mashed potatoes and spread apple mixture on top.
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