“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.
But now I can say, "I had Apple Sage Pork Chops," for dinner tonight, which sounds even fancier! This recipe is especially popular in the fall during apple season, although it's great anytime of the year.
This Apple Pork Chops recipe is one that you will want to make for dinner! It's another one of my favorite go-to dinner recipes that can be made in under 30 minutes, so it's a healthy and quick dinner that's realistic for a weeknight and Weight Watchers friendly.
For this recipe, you'll need:
- pork chops
- minced garlic
- apple juice
- Dijon mustard
- ground sage leaves *fresh or dried
- chili flakes (crushed red chili pepper)
- fresh sage leaves (optional)
💭What to do with fresh sage
📖Variations & Substitutions
- Pork - you can use bone in or boneless pork chops, pork loin or pork tenderloin for this recipe
- Sage - if you are using fresh sage in the recipe (not just the garnish), you'll need to use double the amount you'd use of dried sage
- Garlic - you can use minced garlic in a jar, if you don't have fresh
- Apples - Granny Smith apples are best, as they hold their shape but you could use Honeycrisp
🥗 Side dishes
If you are looking for side dishes for this apple pork, here are some suggestions:
- 3 Ingredient Onion Baked Potatoes in Foil (shown)
- Spinach Salad
- Shredded Zucchini and Feta Sauté
- Healthy Potato Salad
- Caesar Twice Baked Potatoes
- Healthy Mexican Street Corn (Elote)
- Easy Tuna Casserole (with macaroni)
The best way to check for doneness is internal temperature, with an instant read thermometer (affiliate link). This ensures the pork chops won't dry out.
Store these apple sage pork chops in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. This dish doesn't stand up well to freezing, as the apples tend to turn mushy.
👪 Serving Size
This apple and sage pork chops recipe makes 4 servings. However, you can half, double or triple the recipe by clicking on the blue serving number and selecting the number of servings you'd like. The ingredient quantities will automatically adjust.
This pork chop recipe is Weight Watchers friendly @ 5 WW points on my plan. You can further reduce the points in this recipe by using a light butter. Plug the ingredients into the recipe builder in the app to see how much it is on your plan.
❔ Frequently Asked Questions
The best way to cook pork chops to prevent them from drying out is to season them with salt and use a meat thermometer to check for doneness with internal temperature (155 degrees F) so you do not overcook them.
Apples that hold their shape (Granny Smith, Fuji and Honeycrisp) tend to pair well with many pork dishes. Sweet apples also go well with pork.
So, if you are looking for sage pork chop recipes or easy dinner recipes that are a little fancier than the usual fare, this Apple Sage Pork Chops is the one.
Hey, it's meat with a sauce!
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📋 Apple Sage Pork Chops Recipe
- 4 pork chops each about ½ inch thick
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 apple, cored, peeled and sliced into thin wedges green, preferably Granny Smith
- ½ teaspoon minced garlic
- ½ cup apple juice
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon ground sage leaves *if using fresh sage, use 2 tsp
- ¼ teaspoon chili flakes
- fresh sage leaves optional
- Peel and cut apples into quarters, then slice out the core. Cut into thick wedges.
- Pat pork dry with paper towels and season pork chops with salt.
- Melt butter with garlic in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. When bubbly, add apple wedges. Turn occasionally, until golden on both side, 2-3 minutes, then remove to a small plate.
- Add pork to pan and cook until browned, about 3 minutes per side.
- In a small bowl, stir apple juice and Dijon mustard and seasonings.
- 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 (or until meat thermometer reaches internal temperature of 155 degrees F or 68 degrees C)
- Remove pork and apples from pan.
- Boil sauce, stirring often, until as thick as you desire, 3 to 5 minutes. Return pork chops and apples to pan, then remove from heat.
- Spoon sauce and over pork chops with apples and serve.