Quick Smoked Pork Chops with Apples & Onions.
This recipe almost feels like cheating. It’s so quick & easy that I almost didn’t post it but last week I was talking to my dad and he was making this for dinner and asked if I’d ever shared the recipe.
Because you buy the pork chops already smoked, they are also pre-cooked…think smoked sausage. All you’re doing in this recipe is browning and heating and adding great flavor with apples and onions.
This is perfect for weeknight dinners when you want something substantial (hello, pork chops!) but don’t have a ton of time.
Here’s what you need:
Smoked Pork Chops, Apples, Onions, Olive Oil, Butter (not pictured), and Pepper
I use a pretty large onion for this as it shrinks down as it caramelizes. Cut the onion in half and then into thin, half moons. The onions will separate into thin strips in the pan.
Smoked pork chops are found in the same section of the meat counter with the bacon and smoked sausage. If you can’t find them there, look near the small hams and ham slices or ask. My regular grocery store always carries them but if you have a good butcher near you, you can probably get even better smoked chops from them.
As I said, these are fully cooked so all we are doing is giving them some color and texture and warming them up.
Heat 1 Tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet (I like non-stick) over medium high heat. Add the chops and brown quickly on both sides.
Remove the chops to a plate and keep warm in a low oven or under a tent of foil.
Add 2 Tablespoons of butter to the pan and scrape up any browned, flavorful bits left by the chops.
Add the onion and sauté until golden but not too browned. Reduce the heat if necessary to keep the onions from burning on the edges.
While the onions cook, peel, core and slice 2 nice firm apples. I usually use something like a Honeycrisp, Fuji, or even Granny Smith.
Check in on your onions and give them a stir.
After 10-12 minutes, when the onions are golden and tender, add the apples and some freshly cracked black pepper.
If your onions have given off a bit of liquid, you’re good to go and can add the chops back to the pan. If the pan seems dry, add about 1/4 cup of water to make just a little sauce and then add the chops.
Cover and cook another 5 minutes until the apples are tender but not mushy and the chops have warmed through.
Spoon the apples and onions onto a plate and top with a smoked pork chop. I added just a bit of fresh thyme as a garnish and served these with Smoky Roasted Potatoes and a small green salad.
This definitely falls into the comfort food category for me.
Quick, Easy, and Tasty.
Quick Smoked Pork Chops with Apples & Onions is definitely a Weeknight Wonder and family favorite.
Here’s the recipe: