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Roasted Pork Chops with cider-spiced apples, bacon, roasted garlic, and rosemary
Roasted Pork Chops with Cider-Spiced Apples and Bacon
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Author: Julia
Ingredients
For the Pork Chops
  • 2 strips thick cut bacon
  • 2 in bone- pork chops * .75 to 1 pound each
  • Salt pepper, and paprika
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened spiced apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 bulb garlic roasted
For the Cider-Spiced Apples:
  • 2 large apples peeled and sliced, I used honeycrisp
  • ¼ cup unsweetened spiced apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary finely chopped
  • Pinch ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
Instructions
Prepare the Roasted Pork Chops:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cut the top off of the bulb of garlic, drizzle with olive oil, and wrap in foil. Place the wrapped garlic in the oven, and allow it to roast until cloves have softened and turned golden-brown, about 30 to 40 minutes.
  3. Heat a cast iron skillet on the stove top to medium and add the bacon. Cook bacon until it reaches desired level of crisp. Remove the bacon, set it on a plate, and reserve the bacon drippings for searing the pork chops.
  4. Sprinkle the pork chops with salt, pepper, and paprika. Placing the pork chops in the hot bacon drippings, sear pork for about 4 minutes on each side (depending on thickness of pork) over medium-high heat, or until the outside is deep golden brown and crispy.
  5. Add the rosemary, apple cider, and cider vinegar, to the skillet with the pork and immediately place the skillet in the oven. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until internal temperature of the pork reaches 165 degrees F.
Prepare the Cider-Spiced Apples:
  1. While you’re searing and roasting the pork, prepare the stewed apples.
  2. Add all ingredients for the apples to a saucepan, cover, and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat but allow apples to continue to boil gently with the cover on. Stir occasionally and cook until apples have softened, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. If there are any cider-y bacon drippings (liquid gold) left in the skillet, spoon the sauce over the pork for serving.
  5. Serve the pork chops with stewed apples, crispy bacon, and roasted garlic cloves.
Recipe Notes

*You can make as many pork chops as you would like by searing the pork in batches. Only two large chops will fit in a 10-inch cast iron skillet at a time, so if you make more than two pork chops, place them in a large casserole dish when you roast them, and add more apple cider.