Pork loin chops are quick and easy to cook. The butter and apples loosen any browned bits from the bottom of the pan, adding a boost of flavour. This is real fast food!
6–8 boneless pork loin chops (about 1 1/2 lb/750 g)
salt and pepper, to taste
canola or olive oil, for cooking
2 sprigs fresh thyme
2–4 tbsp (30-60 ml) butter
1 apple, cored and sliced
Pat the pork chops dry with paper towel and season with salt and pepper.
Set a heavy skillet over medium-high heat, add a drizzle of oil and cook the chops for 2–3 minutes per side or until just cooked through, pulling the leaves off the sprigs of thyme and sprinkling them over the chops as they cook. Remove the chops from the pan as they finish
cooking and set aside on a plate.
Add the butter to the pan and when the foaming subsides, add the apple slices. Cook for 2–3 minutes, until the apples are just tender and golden.
Serve the pork chops with the sautéed apple slices. Serves 4–6.
PER SERVING (serving 6, prepared with 1 tbsp canola oil): 237 calories, 13.7 g fat (5.8 g saturated fat, 6.4 g monounsaturated fat, 1.5 g polyunsaturated fat), 65 mg cholesterol, 6 g carbohydrate, 21.7 g protein, 1 g fibre
Originally published in ParentsCanada magazine, August/September 2016.