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Breakfast Thyme Pork Chops with Quick-Cooked Apples

If pork chops for breakfast seem uncommon, it may be time to treat yourself to a little Southern comfort! And, while warmed apples are a popular morning side, don't limit yourself to this single fruit: firm pears or nectarines will work nicely here, too.

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Yvonne Duivenvoorden

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Servings
4
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
8 min
Duration
18 min

Ingredients

Pork

  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp safflower oil
  • 4 bone-in pork chops, trimmed of visible fat (about 1 1/4 lb total)

Apples

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 tsp raisins, cut in half
  • 2 small Red Delicious apples (about 5 oz each), halved, cored and skin pierced several times
  • 1/4 cup chopped unsalted pecan pieces, toasted
  • 2 tsp raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 packets stevia
  • Pinch sea salt

Preparation

  1. Prepare pork: In a small bowl, combine thyme, onion powder, salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet on medium-high. Tilt skillet to coat bottom lightly. Season both sides of pork chops with spice mixture and cook in skillet for 4 to 5 minutes per side or until barely pink in center.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare apples: In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tbsp water and cinnamon and pour into a medium nonstick skillet. Sprinkle raisins evenly over top, then place apples, cut-sides-down, in skillet. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 4 minutes or until apples are just tender when pierced with a fork.
  3. Remove only apples from skillet and place, cut sides up, on a serving platter. Stir pecans, honey, vanilla, stevia and salt into skillet and spoon mixture over top of each apple half, dividing evenly. Serve with pork chops.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 3 oz pork chop, 1/2 apple, 2 T topping
  • Calories 320
  • Carbohydrate Content 18 g
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • Fat Content 13 g
  • Fiber Content 3 g
  • Protein Content 32 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 3 g
  • Sodium Content 206 mg
  • Sugar Content 11 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 2 g