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How to Make the Best Pork Chops for a Cozy Winter Dinner

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Join me as I prepare the best Pork Chops for a cozy winter dinner. These Pork Chops are the best because they are thick-cut bone-in chops topped with scrumptious Caramelized Onions and Fried Apples.

I also show you how to make a delicious German Potato Salad, and then I round out the meal with Homemade Sauerkraut and Sweet Fermented Red Cabbage that also have accompanying videos and printable recipes:

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Create a Cozy Winter Dinner Menu

Rather than just one simple recipe, I thought it would be helpful to create an entire winter meal for you to take advantage of some of the traditional “nutrient dense” foods we have been learning how to make.

Plus, in my recipe video, I share the importance of why you should buy pork chops—or any meat for that matter—on the bone. And it has a lot more to do than just having bones leftover to make nutritious bone broth. But that is certainly a side benefit!

Our cozy winter dinner meal includes:

  • Pork Chops
  • German Potato Salad
  • Sauerkraut
  • Red Cabbage

In this video, I show you how to make the Pork Chops and German Potato Salad. Plus, if you read on, I share links to the videos and printable recipes for how to make Sauerkraut and Sweetened Fermented Red Cabbage.

Making a German Potato Salad

In addition to making the pork chops in my tutorial video, I also show you how to make German Potato Salad, and I put my own spin on it. Instead of using the bacon grease for part of the salad dressing, I replace it with olive oil.

If you have found digesting bacon grease difficult, you might enjoy this slightly lighter version that I have found to be equally tasty as the original recipe. And thanks to the bits of chopped bacon, you won’t miss out on any flavor!

More Side Dishes for Pork Chops

In addition to German Potato Salad, no pork chop meal would be complete without Sauerkraut and Red Cabbage. These are the perfect accompaniments to this cozy meal, not only in flavor but to aid in digestion since they are fermented foods.

Traditional Sauerkraut and Sweet Fermented Red Cabbage are easy to make, and I show you how in the step-by-step videos below.

More Dinner Recipes

Looking for more cozy dinner meal ideas? Be sure to watch the following recipe videos where I share how to make:

I also show you how to make two wonderfully easy chicken dinners perfect for beginners, including:

Both recipes are complete meals you can each make in one pan!

More Ideas for Tasty Meals

How about Breakfast for Dinner? If you’re looking for an easy recipe that comes together in minutes and can make not only a wonderful breakfast or brunch idea, but is a great dinner idea too, then be sure to try my French Toast recipe. This is another classic quick and easy recipe perfect for beginners!

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Pork Chops with Caramelized Onions and Fried Apples

5 from 3 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes
Yield: 3 generous servings
Make this hearty meal with a German twist.


  • Wide sauté pan or Dutch oven


  • 3 Pork chops, thick-cut bone-in
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 6 tbsp Butter, divided
  • 3 Onions, yellow or white, sliced into thin strips
  • 3 Apples, preferably firm, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 2 cups Apple cider or apple juice


  • Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a wide saucepan or Dutch oven on medium heat.
  • Generously salt and pepper one side of the pork chops.
  • Once the butter has melted and is sizzling in the pan, place the seasoned side down of the pork chops into the pan.
  • Salt and pepper the top side of the pork chops.
  • Sear the pork chops on each side for approximately 3 minutes until they develop a golden-brown crust.
  • Remove the pork chops to a platter and set them aside.
  • Add onions to the pan and caramelize. This process takes approximately 10 minutes.
  • Add the pork chops back into the pan by placing them on top of the onions.
  • Pour the apple cider into the pan.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, cover, and allow to simmer for one hour on medium low heat.
  • After one hour, remove the pork chops and onions from the pan to a clean platter and tent with foil to keep warm.
  • Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter to the pan and allow it to dissolve in the apple cider. Add the apples and toss well. (See video.)
  • Bring the mixture up to a medium simmer, cover, and allow the entire contents to simmer for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, remove the lid, turn the heat to high, and allow the liquid to begin to thicken. This may take only about 1 minute. Watch closely and stir well to make sure the apples do not stick to the bottom of the pan. Once they are coated with the thickened apple cider, they are done.
  • Plate a pork chop and top with the onions and apples. Enjoy!



If you increase the recipe, you will need one additional onion and one additional apple for each additional pork chop.
If you double the recipe to six pork chops, you will need to add one additional cup of apple cider or apple juice.
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(You can also get the recipe for the accompanying German potato salad at this link.)
Copyright © 2021 Mary’s Nest, LLC, All Rights Reserved
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: German
Keyword: Pork Chops, Pork Chops with Caramelized Onions and Fried Apples
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German Potato Salad

5 from 3 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
Enjoy this tasty potato dish with a bit of a lighter touch.


  • Medium stock pot or saucepan to boil potatoes


  • 3 pounds Potatoes, preferably Yukon Gold You can substitute another variety of thin-skinned potato.
  • 1 tsp Salt You will need additional salt for the water in which you are boiling the potatoes.
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper
  • 2 tsp Sucanat In a pinch, you can use white sugar. You can also substitute honey. If you use honey, dissolve it first in the apple cider vinegar.
  • 1 tbsp Mustard, preferably a grainy variety
  • 1/2 cup Apple cider vinegar, preferably raw
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 bunch Green onions, sliced thin crosswise
  • 4 slices Bacon, cooked and chopped fine


  • Peel potatoes and cut into bite-sized pieces.
  • Boil potatoes in well-salted water for approximately 10 minutes until fork tender.
  • While potatoes are boiling, prepare the dressing. Mix vinegar, salt, pepper, Sucanat, and mustard in a bottle or jar with a tight-fitting lid. Give the jar a good shake until everything is well mixed.
  • Remove the lid and add the olive oil. Replace the lid and give the jar another good shake to help emulsify the dressing.
  • Once cooked, drain the potatoes and place into a serving bowl. Pour the dressing over the potatoes while they are still hot and toss well. (See video.)
  • Add green onions and bacon to the potatoes. Toss well and serve hot or at room temperature. Enjoy!



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Copyright © 2021 Mary’s Nest, LLC, All Rights Reserved
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: German
Keyword: German Potato Salad
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  1. 5 stars
    This was a fabulous recipe!
    I had never simmered pork chops in apple cider vinegar and was a little skeptical.
    It was absolutely delicious!
    Thank you for sharing!

  2. 5 stars
    Our favorite kind of meal! This is similar to what my boys request for their birthday meals (in June and July!). I love sweet and savory foods. Thank you Mary! Happy Sunday!

    1. Hi Kristyn,

      I am SO happy to hear this!! And yes, this recipe can be delicious to enjoy anytime of the year!

      Love and God bless,

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