Apple Butter Pork Chops

Apple sauce is a quintessential accompaniment to pork. Try these apple butter pork chops to add a Fall spin on this classic!


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 boneless pork chops (approximately 1 lb)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped fine (approximately 1/4 of a large onion)
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 honeycrisp apple, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme (plus more for seasoning)
  • 3 tbsp apple butter
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp Parmigiano Reggiano, grated


  1. Preheat oven to 400F.  Season pork with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a large non-stick oven safe skillet on high heat.  Melt the butter and sear the pork on each side – approximately 3 to 5 minutes per side.  Once both sides of the pork are browned, remove from the skillet and set aside.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and add the onions and garlic.  Sauté until the onions are softened, approximately 3 minutes.
  4. Add the apples and cook until they start to become soft, approximately 3 minutes.  While the apples are sautéing, whisk together the olive oil, rosemary, thyme, apple butter, and Dijon mustard in a small mixing bowl.  Cover the pork chops with the apple butter mixture using a spoon or pastry brush.
  5. Remove the skillet from heat.  Add the pork back to the skillet.  Cook for 15 to 20 minutes in the oven, until cooked through and juices run clear.  A meat thermometer should show that it has reached an internal temperature of 135F.
  6. Sprinkle the parmesan over the pork and broil for 2 minutes, until the cheese has melted.  Remove from the oven.  Top with remaining thyme leaves and serve.