A quick and easy dinner recipe: Pork Chops with Apple – Sage Sauce

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“So what did you have for dinner?” When I was a kid, this was one of the typical topics of conversation with my friends. I used to love to say, proudly, that I had ‘Pork Chops with Apple Sauce.’ I guess I liked saying it because it sounded so much fancier than the usual fare. And it wasn’t just meat – it was a meat with a sauce.

However, it was the more exotic “Mutton Chops with Apple Sauce” that I longingly yearned for. Yet, I didn’t get to try lamb until I was in my 20’s. It was not what I expected.

I actually had no idea what mutton was, but I wanted it. I wanted it mostly because other people had it and I didn’t. And it sounded just that much more glamorous than pork chops. Growing up, we didn’t eat a lot of fancy stuff.


Pork Chops with Apple -Sage Sauce served with fresh broccoli and wild rice.

Over the course of my life, I have eaten my share of really gross things. I believe that is a sign of life well lived.

In addition to lamb, I have tried cow tongue, tripe, spam, snails, vegemite, canned asparagus, pickled eggs, pickled herring, frog legs, chickens’ feet, shark, along with several unidentifiable foods at various Dim Sums. Yet, not every disgusting food experience elicits the same intense revulsion. Lamb is currently leading in the gross food race. Yet, it wasn’t just about the taste of the lamb- it was the smell I couldn’t shake.

Both taste and smell play a huge role in the taste of food. And although each sense has its own receptor organs, both senses are intimately entwined. And smell is actually our strongest sense when it comes to emotion in memory and is extremely powerful in relation to food. 25 ish years later, I cannot smell lamb without some really bad accompanying flashbacks.

I have used the terms lamb and mutton interchangeably  because they are both the meats of domestic sheep. However, there is a difference. Mutton is actually the meat of the adult sheep and lamb is the youngin’. It was lamb I ate that night, which is more expensive and supposed to be superior to mutton. I can’t even begin to fathom how mutton would have tasted.

I am sticking with pork!


And so on that note…here is an amazing Pork Chop with Apple-Sage Sauce recipe. This is one that you will want to make for dinner!  It’s another one of my favourite go-to dinner recipes that can be made in under 30 minutes, so it’s realistic for a weeknight.

I got this recipe out of Chatelaine magazine about 10 years ago. It’s a fast and easy dinner recipe that’s a little fancier than the usual fare.

Hey, it’s meat with a sauce!

Pork Chops with Apple-Sage Sauce

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 25 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Sage and apple are a perfect pairing in this quick, easy and delicious pork chop dinner than can be made in under 30 minutes

Credit:  Author: Chatelaine Magazine, October 11, 2007 pg. 154


4 pork chops, each about 1/2 inch thick

1 apple, preferably Granny Smith  (green)

1 Tbsp butter

1/2  tsp minced garlic

1/2 cup apple juice

1 Tblsp Dijon mustard

1 tsp ground sage leaves

1/4 tsp chili flakes

pinch of salt


fresh sage leaves (optional)


  1. Cut apples into quarters, then slice out the core. Cut into thick wedges.
  2. Melt butter with garlic in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. When bubbly, add apple. Turn occasionally, until golden on both side, 2-3 minutes, then remove to a small plate.
  3. Add pork to pan and cook until browned, about 3 minutes per side.
  4. In a bowl, stir juice and Dijon mustard and seasonings.
  5. Once pork is browned, pour in juice mixture and add apples. Reduce heat, cover and simmer, turning pork occasionally, until cooked through for 5-7 minutes
  6. Remove pork and apples from pan and place on plates.
  7. Boil sauce, stirring often, until as thick as you desire, 3 to 5 minutes. Pour over pork chops and apples.

Prep time: 8 minutes

Cook time: 17 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Nutritional Information: 27.7 protein, 13.9 g fat, 8.8 g carbs, 583 g sodium, .9 g fibre, 19 mg calcium, 276 calories

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About Food Meanderings

I’m Terri, a contest winning competitive home cook and baker and hobby cake decorator. I’m inspired by and enjoy the challenge of developing recipes for cooking competitions because I really have to push myself to be creative. I love all things food and spend much of my spare time thinking about food, cooking food, taking photos of food, writing about food, reading about food, making art with food and sharing my love of food. I also tend to ramble on about food. That’s why I started this blog.
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16 Responses to A quick and easy dinner recipe: Pork Chops with Apple – Sage Sauce

  1. p.s. young lamb has a more subtle smell, and it also depends on what it was fed. But it’s really mostly personal. Like cilantro, for example – people either love it or hate it passionately. 🙂

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  2. thefoodblognet says:

    This looks very delicious, and your post reminds me of when I first ate escargot years ago. I was young and it sounded fancy, and everyone encouraged me to order it. It was smothered in garlic butter and toasted bread crumbs. Then someone told me it was Snails. I’ve never eaten it again. As you mentioned, its a personal thing. 🙂

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  3. Cathy says:

    There is a reason why apple with pork is such a classic combination! The sage leaves make yours look very pretty! I was amused as I began to read about your desire for mutton, expecting the outcome to be much as yours was!

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  4. foodinbooks says:

    Lovely recipe. I made it, omitting the apples, the other night and the combination of sage and pork was divine. I’d not thought about using sage this way, and now it’s a keeper. I made it with these Brussels sprouts https://frugalhausfrau.com/2017/02/20/cream-braised-brussels-sprouts/ and it was a heavenly combination!

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  5. Pork chops and apple sauce was a kid favourite meal. This recipe is all grownup. Looks great. Boy would I love to come home to this meal after a long day. Nice post.

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  7. chefkreso says:

    Delicious combo of flavors!

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