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Pork Chops with Caramelized Onions and Fried Apples

Make this hearty meal with a German twist.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: German
Keyword: Pork Chops, Pork Chops with Caramelized Onions and Fried Apples
Servings: 3 generous servings
Author: Mary's Nest


  • 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.
Find this recipe and video at https://marysnest.com/how-to-make-the-best-pork-chops-for-a-cozy-winter-dinner/
(You can also get the recipe for the accompanying German potato salad at this link.)
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