Ok friends! I have a fun apple recipe coming your way. Even though apple season is typically as early as July – through late November. Peak season is September and October. However, due to a global marketplace there are fresh apples available year round.
So it’s safe to say, you can enjoy this recipe during the height of the fall season, or for a fun date night dinner during another part of the year. You could even try these Apple-Plum Pork Chops out on your picky kids. You just might be surprised! 😉
And if you’ve never prepared pork chops at home before, have no fear, my recipe is easy to follow and calls for simple ingredients.
Apple-Plum Pork Chops with Sage and Lemon Thyme
Make these easy and delicious Apple-Plum Pork Chops with Sage and Lemon Thyme in under 30 minutes! The flavors of the apples, plums and pork chops are greatly enhanced by the sage and thyme combo, and provide an elevated feel to your dinner.
- 4 8 oz each Thick Chops, Pork Loin Boneless Center Cut Chops Thick
- 1-2 Honey Crisp Apples, medium sliced
- 2 Plums, medium sliced
- Fresh Sage
- Fresh Thyme
- 4 tbsp Land O Lakes Unsalted Butter, divided
- 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- Nutmeg, just a sprinkle
- 3 tbsp Pure Maple Syrup
- Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste
- Salt, to taste
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with extra virgin olive oil nonstick cooking spray.
Rub both sides of the pork chops with large, torn pieces of fresh sage and a thyme sprig; season liberally with pepper and salt.
In a large skillet, melt 2 tbsp butter over medium-high heat. Add the chops and sear for 2-3 minutes, per side, until nicely golden brown. (Make sure the pan is hot!)
Place the chops on a baking sheet and roast until the pork is cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 140 degrees F; about 12-15 minutes.
Return the skillet to medium-high heat and melt the remaining 2 tbsp butter. Add the apples, plums, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and more sage and thyme. Cook, stirring often, until apples and plums begin to soften; about 3 minutes.
Stir in the maple syrup, stirring often, until the sauce thickens; about 5 minutes.
Drizzle the apple-plum sauce over the pork chops and serve immediately. Garnish with a bit more thyme if desired.
*Prep Time: This includes prepping the pork chops, fruit/herbs and searing the chops on the stovetop.
*Pork Chops: Rub the chops with about 4 or 5 sage leaves and 2 thyme sprigs.
*Apples: I used 1 1/2 of two large apples. If you use small apples, using both are perfect.
*Sage & Thyme: I added a good 3-5 julienned leaves of sage and a couple sprigs of Thyme to the apple-plum sauce while it cooked on the stovetop.