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4 center-cut, bone-in loin pork chops, about 8 ounces each
Extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Leaves from 2 fresh thyme sprigs

3 New York Cortland or Empire apples,
peeled, cored and sliced in 1/2-inch-thick wedges
3/4 cup fresh apple cider
1/2 cup raisins
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the apples and thyme and coat in the butter; cook and stir for 6 minutes to give them some color. Toss in raisins and add apple juice. Stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon, and cloves. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add lemon juice and simmer until apples are tender but still hold their shape, about 10 minutes. Set aside and keep warm.

Rub chops on both sides with a little olive oil and season well with salt and pepper. Place a large ovenproof skillet, preferably cast-iron, over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil and swirl to coat the pan. Brown chops for 2 minutes on each side. Place skillet in oven and roast chops until center is still slightly pink in the center and internal temperature reads 160 degrees F. when tested with an instant-read thermometer.

Serve pork accompanied by the warm spiced apples, drizzling a bit of the sauce over the chops.

Makes 4 servings

Recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence, celebrity chef and author.

Nutrition Facts
Calories 504  calories
Protein 32 grams
Fat 18  grams
Sodium 540 milligrams
Cholesterol 100 milligrams
Saturated Fat 6  grams
Carbohydrates 56 grams
Fiber  2 grams


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