Pork and apples are two flavors that go hand in hand. Growing up my mother would always serve pork chops with applesauce, wasn’t there even a Brady Bunch episode about that? I think I’m dating myself. Anyway, if pork with applesauce goes together then why not pork with apple slices. I personally like having a nice chunk of cinnamon sugar apple along with my bite of pork.
I typically use boneless pork chops, but today I had a pork tenderloin in the house and decided to use that cut into slices. You can also use bone-in pork chops if you prefer as well. The preparation is the same but the cooking time will vary.
Pork tenderloin or chops
1 tbsp. butter
3-4 apples, peeled and sliced
Salt and pepper
Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Season both sides of the pork with salt and pepper and place in the pan. After one side has browned flip and brown the other side, it only takes a few minutes. You aren’t trying to cook the pork through, just to give it a quick browning before baking.
While the pork is cooking peel and slice the apples and place in a greased baking dish.
Mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon. I didn’t have that many apples so I think I may have used about 2 tbsp. of sugar, maybe a little more, and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. I purchased four apples for this meal but apparently never informed my family the apples were for me. At least they are eating fruit lol.
Sprinkle evenly over the apples.
Top with the browned pork and cover with aluminum foil.
Bake at 350 degrees until pork is done, which is when the meat is at 145-150 degrees. These thin slices of tenderloin took about a half hour, but when I have used boneless pork chops it has taken a little longer. I don’t cook bone in pork but I believe that may be even longer.
Sometimes I serve with mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower, or brussels sprouts. You can serve with whatever you wish! Enjoy!
Baked Pork and Apples
- Pork tenderloin or chops
- 1 tbsp Butter
- Salt and Pepper
- 4 Apples
- Brown Sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Season both sides of the pork with salt and pepper and place in the pan. Brown each side.
- Peel and slice the apples and place in a greased baking dish. Sprinkle with brown sugar/cinnamon mixture. For four apples use approx. 1/4 cup brown sugar mixed with 1 tsp. cinnamon.
- Top apples with browned pork and cover with aluminum foil.
- Bake until meat temperature reaches 145-150 degrees. Tenderloin slices take approx. 30 minutes while other cuts of pork may take longer.