Once in a while, a recipe comes along in your life that is so good, you just have to make it over and over. It becomes a regular for your family or when entertaining guests. Smothered Apple Cider Pork Chops is such a recipe. Let me tell you how much we love these chops!
My mouth starts to water just looking at these pictures. Juicy, thick cut pork chops cooked and then smothered in the most delicious sweet caramelized onion, bacon, and apple cider sauce; tangy, bright, and full of flavor that tastes incredible! For the onion hater… I hate onions too. Really. I make this confession because I LOVE them in this recipe. They are delicious and I don’t feel like I’m eating onion. Seriously, this recipe is an absolute joy to cook! Smothered Apple Cider Pork Chops will make you feel like a skilled chef whipping up a masterpiece; yet with a little prep it’s super easy and fast~about 30 minutes. Your home will be filled with a mouth watering aroma that foretells of greatness to come. I am being dramatic, but it’s true! It’s hard to describe just how lovely this recipe turns out until you try it for yourself. You’ll never serve pork chops the same way again.
This recipe calls for thick cut pork chops; they should be about one-inch thick. I sometimes have difficulty finding thick chops, most are cut to just half the thickness needed. I’ve had success most times at good ol’ Walmart. I purchase the chops specifically marked “Thick cut”. Thin chops just don’t withstand the cooking time in this recipe and will over cook~ turning into the standard ‘dry as leather’ pork chop.
The other main ingredient in this recipe is the apple cider. (Btw, did you know about all the secret health benefits of eating apples and apple juice? It’s amazing!) When in season, you have lots of varieties to choose from. Go for cider that is opaque, (you can’t see through the juice) thick with apple pulp. I’ve found this creates the most exceptional flavor for this recipe. Out of season it can be near impossible to find this kind of cider. Not to fret, I turn to a supermarket staple that is always around- Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider. It does great in a pinch. Plus you can drink the rest with your meal and it makes a lovely pairing with the main dish!
My most favorite part of cooking these up is frying the bacon, onion, bay leaves and Thyme for the sauce. There is something about cooking this combination of ingredients together that sends a heavenly aroma into the air. I am a lover of fresh herbs and they are amazing in this dish. If you can’t find some sprigs of thyme at the store, use ground/powdered thyme. It will dissolve into the liquids yet still flavor the sauce well. This is one recipe that you definitely should read through entirely before starting. I like to prep all my ingredients for this recipe before I start. Doing so ensures you have a great experience with it. Enjoy!
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