Hard Cider Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Onions
This fall inspired Hard Cider Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Onions recipe makes a great dinner your whole family will love – comes together so quickly. This recipe has been very popular with readers over the years!
This post was originally published September 24, 2014. I’ve updated it with new pictures and wanted to share it again since it’s apple season!
When Fall (and football season) hit I pretty much crave two specific (adult) beverages – pumpkin beer and hard apple cider. It’s a happy day when the pumpkin beer display appears at the grocery store. Hard apple cider, I’ve noticed, seems to be available all year round which is a treat because sometimes a cold, refreshing, slightly sweet apple bevvy really hits the spot on a warm evening on the patio.
I don’t cook pork chops very often at home. No reason why really, it just doesn’t seem to be something I remember to include when I am planning our meals. I really should start adding them into regular rotation because I’ve noticed when I do make them, everyone devours them – including the kids (the whole family loves these Parmesan Baked Pork Chops!).
I’ve always loved the flavor of pork chops with apples – adding the hard cider the mix just makes it better! If you are cooking for your family, don’t worry – the alcohol cooks off in the skillet making them kid friendly. (You can always use regular apple juice or apple cider instead.)
Since the pork chops are boneless and thin, this Hard Cider Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Onions recipe cooks up fairly quickly making it a good option for a weeknight dinner. I don’t know about you, but I love skillet meals like this.
We ate these skillet pork chops with apples alongside these Cheddar Dill Roasted Red Potatoes but mashed potatoes or wild rice would be another great side as well.
PS…I’m curious, what’s your favorite hard cider or pumpkin beer?
- 6 thin, boneless pork loin chops (about 2 lb)
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 large apples, sliced (try Golden Delicious, Granny Smith or Gala)
- 1 red onion, sliced
- 1 sweet yellow onion, sliced
- 1 cup hard apple cider (try Angry Orchard or Redds, you can substitute apple juice or cider too)
- In a small bowl mix together salt, pepper, rosemary and garlic powder. Season both sides of pork chops liberally.
- In a large heavy skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Place the pork chops into pan. (If not enough room, cook pork chops in batches). Cook on one side for 4 minutes until chops are golden brown and releases from pan easily. Cook other side for additional 4 minutes.
- Take pork chops out and place on to a plate. Repeat with remaining pork chops, if needed.
- Add sliced onions and apples into skillet. Season with pinch salt and pepper. Pour in part of hard apple cider (about 1/4 cup) to deglaze pan while tossing apples and onions. Add rest of hard apple cider and let simmer for 5 minutes uncovered or until liquid reduces a bit. Add pork chops back into skillet and cover. Turn off heat and let sit for 1-2 minutes. Using tongs, take out pork chops and place in dish. Pour apple and onion mixture over pork chops and serve.
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