Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
No specific GERD triggers. The vinegar is cooked long enough that it should be safe.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"How many apples fell on Newton's head before he took the hint? Nature is always hinting at us. It hints over and over again. And suddenly we take the hint." -Robert Frost, Poet

The refrigerator light goes on...

Caramelizing the apple with the sugar adds a few calories but is so worth it. The sweet apples take on an intense flavor and balance the umami of the pork. This recipe has it all: it's quick and easy, it's sweet, salty, savory, and a bit sour all at the same time.


Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples

Servings: 2 | Serving size: 1 pork chop with about one cup caramelized apples

Cooking Time: 45 Minutes

This recipe can easily be multiplied and makes good leftovers. Reheat gently.

Serve with Roasted Potatoes or Plain Mashed Potatoes [Low Sodium Plain Mashed Potatoes] or Mashed Yams.

Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples recipe from Dr. Gourmet


  • 1 tsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 medium granny smith apples (peeled and sliced)
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup white wine (sweet like a Riesling)
  • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme leaves
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 - 4 ounce center cut pork chops (trimmed of excess fat)

Place the butter in a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat.

As the butter melts add the sliced apples and sugar.

Cook stirring occasionally.

Allow the apples to brown but not burn. It should take about 20 - 25 minutes to caramelize the apples.

As the apples soften and caramelize add the salt, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, wine and thyme leaves. Stir gently.

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Place a medium skillet in the oven.

Reduce the heat and allow the apples to simmer for about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.

If there is not enough liquid add water one tablespoon at a time.

As the apples are done spray the hot skillet lightly with oil and add the pork chops.

Return the pan to the oven and cook for about 8 - 10 minutes.

Remove and turn the pork chops and cook for another 8 - 10 minutes.

Serve over mashed yams topped with the caramelized apples.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1 pork chop with about one cup caramelized apples

Servings: 2

Amount Per Serving

Calories 320 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value
Total Fat 9g 11%
    Saturated Fat 3.5g 17%
    Monounsaturated Fat 3g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 70mg 24%
Sodium 380mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 11%
    Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
    Sugars 25g
Protein 25g
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 11%
Calcium 4% Iron 6%
Vitamin K 2mcg Potassium 600mg