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Cider-Brined Pork Chops with Sautéed Apples

Makes 6 servings

Total Time
3 hrs 30 mins

The only time-consuming part of this recipe is brining the pork, which you do a few hours ahead. The simple sauce is easy to prepare and turns a beautiful caramel color. Prep and Cook Time: 30 minutes, plus at least 3 hours brining time.

Cider-Brined Pork Chops with Sautéed Apples

Dan Goldberg
 4 cups plus 3/4 cups apple cider
 4 tablespoons plus 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
 2 bay leaves
 2 cloves garlic, crushed
 1 teaspoon red chile flakes
 6 bone-in pork chops, each 3/4- to 1-in. thick
 3 tablespoons butter
 3/4 cup chicken stock
 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
 1/2 cup crème fraîche
 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  Sauteed Apples
Step 1

In a large bowl, mix 4 cups cider, 2 cups cold water, 4 tbsp. salt, bay leaves, garlic cloves, and chile flakes. Add pork chops, cover bowl, and chill, turning meat occasionally, at least 3 hours and up to 1 day.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 325º. Remove pork chops from the brine and blot dry. Melt 2 tbsp. butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add pork chops (you may need to do this in 2 batches) and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until well browned. Flip chops and cook another 3 to 4 minutes, until browned on that side. Layer chops in a 9- by 13-in. baking pan and bake until barely pink in the center (cut to test), 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 3

Meanwhile, pour remaining 3/4 cup cider into the hot frying pan, scraping pan with a wooden spoon to dislodge browned bits. Add the chicken stock, turn the heat to high, and boil until liquid is reduced to about 1/2 cup, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in remaining 1 tbsp. butter and the mustard. When sauce is no longer bubbling, stir in crème fraîche. Season with remaining 1/2 tsp. salt and the pepper. Remove the pork from oven and spoon a generous amount of sauce over each chop. Serve topped with sautéed apples.

Step 4

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving; sodium data not available.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 435Calories from Fat 62
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g47%

Saturated Fat 15g75%
Cholesterol 113mg38%
Sodium 0.0mg0%
Total Carbohydrate 16g6%

Dietary Fiber 1.5g6%
Protein 22g44%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.