These baked pork chops with a cinnamon glaze are a simple, 30 minute meal that your whole family will love. Served with baked cinnamon apples and so fast and easy!
Do you like pork chops? Okay, maybe that’s a strange question, everyone probably likes them.
But you know what? I don’t, really. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll eat them. They’re not bad. They’re just not my favourite. If I’m making pork, I typically go for pork tenderloin because that’s just plain fantastic.
I don’t know what it is about pork chops, I just don’t like them a lot. Much to the consternation of my husband, whose favourite meal is….pork chops (well, one of his favourites). He would happily eat them several times a week.
He doesn’t get them that often.
But these baked pork chops with a cinnamon glaze? I’ve made them more times then I can count. Because I like them. Especially with some cinnamon baked apples on top. These baked pork chops are really, really good.
Or maybe they’re just easy? I don’t know, but whatever the reason, whenever I do decide to make pork chops, more often then not it’s this recipe that I turn to.
So it’s a good one to share with you for 30 Minute Thursday this month. If you’re new around here, 30 Minute Thursday is the first Thursday of every month where myself and some of my blogging friends get together to share some 30 minute meals to help get you through those busy nights. With school starting up again, along with all the other activities the kids are in, I am going to be in desperate need of quick and easy meals! I’m sure I’m not the only one – so scroll down to below the recipe for more 30 minute meals, or click here for past 30 Minute Thursday posts.
And even if you’re like me and don’t really love pork chops – try these baked pork chops with a cinnamon glaze and baked apples. They might change your mind! So easy, and so good – even I like them!
For the apples:
- 4-6 cups peeled, chopped apples
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (optional)
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar (optional)
For the pork chops:
- 4-6 pork chops (boneless or bone-in)
- 1/2 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard (per pork chop)
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar (per pork chop)
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon (per pork chop)
- 1/8 teaspoon dried basil (per pork chop)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- In an oven safe dish, toss together the apples, cinnamon, butter and brown sugar (if using) and place the dish in the oven.
- Rub the pork chops with a bit of olive oil and season them with salt and pepper (both sides).
- Over medium heat, in an oven safe skillet, sear one side of the pork chops for 1-2 minutes until lightly browned.
- Flip the pork chops over and sear the other side for about a minute and then turn off the heat.
- On each pork chop, spread the mustard and brown sugar, using the back of a spoon to coat the chop.
- Sprinkle on the cinnamon and basil, using the spoon again to spread it evenly.
- Place the skillet in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the pork chops reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees F when tested in the thickest part of the meat.
- Let rest for 5 minutes before serving with the baked apples (they should be done about the same time as the pork).
I’ve used both boneless and bone-in pork chops for this recipe and both work just fine so use whichever you prefer. The cook time will really depend on how thick your pork chops are. Mine were really thick, about 1 1/2 inches, and they took 15 minutes. If yours are thinner it will take less time, so start checking at about 10 minutes. You don’t want to overdo pork, or it will be dry, so use a meat thermometer for the best results. Pork is done at an internal temperature of 145 degrees F, and then you let it rest for 5 minutes before cutting into it. Also, the glaze amounts are per pork chop, so it’s pretty easy to make more or less meat!
Source: Adapted from Cooking for the Rushed.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 729 Total Fat: 28g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 14g Cholesterol: 187mg Sodium: 129mg Carbohydrates: 66g Fiber: 11g Sugar: 50g Protein: 56g
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