It’s incredible to me how meal that comes together so incredibly easily can taste better than most meals I can get at a restaurant. There is really nothing to this at all. Just a short marinade and a little time on the stove and dinner is ready. The ease of this dinner is tempting enough, but it’s the taste of these Apple Cider Pork Chops that make them one of my favorite meals of the season.
Pork and apple cider are two foods that were just made for one another. In my version I added one more ingredient that is perfectly paired with pork – caramelized onions. Their rich buttery flavor goes amazingly well with the pork and rounds out the slightly bittersweet flavor of the marinade flawlessly. These Apple Cider Pork Chops are ideal for a hearty weeknight meal, but are also an easy and impressive choice to serve to guests that won’t break the bank.
1/4 cup apple juice
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon soy sauce or Liquid Aminos
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
4 – 6 ounce boneless pork chops
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 large white onion, thinly sliced
Mix together apple juice, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, salt, garlic, and thyme in a small bowl. Place pork chops in a zip top bag and pour marinade over the top. Close tightly and turn gently to coat well. Place bag in refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Heat olive oil over medium-low heat in a 12″ skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes, or until onions are very soft. Add pork chops to the skillet and pour marinade over them. Cook 4-5 minutes on each side or until pork is cooked through. Stir onions occasionally as the pork cooks. Remove them if they begin to burn.
Serve pork chops warm topped with onions.
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