Recipe by Chef John
"Pork chops with a glossy apple cider glaze is really easy, and while there's no starch or extra butter involved, it reduces quickly to a thick, rich, sweet-tart apple syrup."
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6 (6 ounce)
boneless center-cut pork chops
salt and ground black pepper to taste
apple cider vinegar
red pepper flakes
We loved this one! I had bone-in chops on hand so I used those. I also subbed apple juice for the apple cider, which worked out beautifully. As it was reducing I became impatient and decided to thicken it slightly to a glaze consistency with a cornstarch/water slurry. Both Hubs and I really enjoyed these and I will definitely be making them again! Thank you Chef John!
I really did not like this at all, nor did anyone in my family. The apple cider vinegar was overwhelming. Also, the glaze remained liquidy and less glaze-like after cooking down for 4 minutes, so I added cornstarch and tried to fix the glaze.
Very good, tangy flavor. When I think of a glaze I usually like a sticky, almost crispy coating, this didn't cook down and coat the pork chops like a glaze would. But all in all very simple and great taste!
I don't eat meat, so I have no instinct for cooking it. I made these for my family and they loved it. Really simple.
This was really easy to make. I loved the complex flavor. However you must cook the glaze down longer than stated in order for it to thicken.
It takes a lot longer to reduce the sauce. More like 20 minutes at medium heat instead of 3 to 4. Great tasting! I'd make it again.
We made a variation of this recipe and it was dynamite! Didn't have apple cider on hand so added 1/2 cup plain unsweetened applesauce plus 1 tsp. honey (didn't need to reduce the sauce). We also skipped the mustard and red pepper because we didn't think the kids would like them (didn't matter - they didn't like the vinegar smell so didn't want the sauce anyway, but were perfectly happy with the plain pork chops). But don't skip the rosemary - it really brought all the tastes together.
Just searched around and was so happy to find this recipe again. I won't forget to save it in my recipe box this time! I made it about a month ago and have been thinking about it since then. So juicy, flavorful, and perfect for autumn. Not cloyingly sweet like many apple and pork recipes. A 5-star review means a lot from me--I'm a tough critic. But even my hubby raved about this recipe. WTG Chef John!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Pork Chops with Apple Cider Glaze
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 237
** Calories from Fat: 95
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