Grilled Pork Chops with Apples

Hi guys! How are you? I’ve been sick for about a week—I think I caught a cold the first day of class. I’m off to a good start. 🙂 I’m finally starting to feel better, though!

I went on a plant hunt this week. I think I mentioned on the blog earlier this summer that I plant-sat one of my friend’s houseplants this summer while she was out of town. Unfortunately, I rarely watered the plants never got around to cultivating my green thumb.

Poor guy. He didn’t stand a chance with me! I channeled my inner scientist and brought a sample of the shriveled leaves to the plant nursery to show the employees.

I felt pretty hard-core whipping out my plastic bag at the store, and it actually turned out to be really helpful. The employee was able to identify the plant and I bought a very cute replacement!

Oh plants. I nixed my original plan of a plant-based meal and delved into the world of another p-word for dinner—pork! I always forget about the other white meat, but I picked up a few pork chops when they were on mega sale this week. I had the basic idea to make grilled pork chops with apples, and after investigating a few recipes a la Google, I threw this dish together using ingredients I had on hand.

Amazing. This was hands-down one of the best dinners I’ve ever prepared. I loved the mingling flavors of grilled apples and honey with the pork. Pork is back in my meal rotation!

Grilled Pork Chops with Apples
Serves 2
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

2 boneless pork chops (5-6 ounces each)
Dash each of salt, black pepper, and cinnamon
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
2 tablespoons chopped red onion
½ teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat grill and spray with non-stick cooking spray or olive oil mist.
  2. Whisk together honey, mustard, red onion, thyme, apple cider vinegar, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Grill apples until softened, about 6 minutes.  Turn over half-way through cooking.
  4. Remove apples from grill and chop into bite-sized pieces. Add to honey mixture.
  5. Season pork chops with dashes of salt, black pepper, and cinnamon.
  6. Spray grill with non-stick cooking spray or olive oil and place chops on grill.
  7. Grill pork chops for 5-6 minutes per side, remove from grill, and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  8. Cover pork chop with apple and honey mixture and serve.

The apples were phenomenal. I can’t wait to grill another apple and smother it in cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice and fall goodness. 🙂

I served my pork with curried rice, which is very easy to make at home–I simply boiled 1 cup of low-sodium chicken broth, added 1/2 cup of dry jasmine rice, and covered the pot before reducing the heat to a simmer for 15 minutes. I mixed about 1/2 a teaspoon of curry powder into the cooked rice and voila! Two servings of kicked-up rice.

Have a great day! I’m taking my friend Lindsay for her very first PSL (pumpkin spice latte) ever today after class. So excited to initiate her into the pumpkin fan club!

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8 Responses to Grilled Pork Chops with Apples

  1. JM says:

    Thanks for the love, Colleens! I miss you too!!!! This looks AHH-MAZING and I will def be trying out the recipe!

  2. Ashley says:

    This looks really good, I have been craving good hot meals lately! Which is weird considering its still 90 degrees outside down south 😦 Hurry up fall!!

  3. i vote we have a little get together at my place. pork chops that way are my favorite and i’m obsessed with how that rice looks. we’ll cook dinner, watch Forks over Knives and have lindsay bring the PSLs.

  4. Kim says:

    that comment was from KIM not WIYC:)

  5. Stephanie says:

    Looks like you inherited my “brown thumb”! Nice of you to replace the plant! Mom

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