Beer Brined Pork Chops with Roasted Apples

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 5 hr 30 min
  • Servings 8

Ingredients

Ingredients

Pork Chops and Brine

8
boneless center-cut pork chops (1/2 inch thick)
3
cups water
1
bottle or can (12 oz) beer
1/4
cup packed brown sugar
1/4
cup kosher (coarse) salt
6
black peppercorns
4
sprigs fresh thyme
4
sprigs fresh rosemary
1
tablespoon olive oil

Roasted Apples

8
Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
2
tablespoons chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
1
teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
1
teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
3/4
teaspoon table salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1/3
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1/4
cup olive oil

Directions

Directions

  • 1 Place pork chops in 1-gallon resealable freezer plastic bag. In medium bowl, mix water, beer, brown sugar and kosher salt until brown sugar is dissolved. Add peppercorns, thyme sprigs and rosemary sprigs. Pour brine over pork chops. Seal bag; refrigerate 4 to 24 hours, turning bag occasionally.
  • 2 Heat oven to 375°F. Line cookie sheet with foil; spray foil with cooking spray.
  • 3 In large bowl, toss apples, garlic, parsley, chopped thyme, chopped rosemary, salt, pepper and flour. Spread apples in single layer on cookie sheet. Drizzle with 1/4 cup oil. Roast 45 minutes to 1 hour or until apples are softened.
  • 4 About 20 minutes before apples are done, remove pork chops from brine and discard brine. Do not rinse pork chops; pat dry with paper towels. In large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add pork chops; cook about 10 minutes, turning once, or until pork is no longer pink in center. Let stand 5 minutes.
  • 5 Serve pork chops with roasted apples. Garnish with additional thyme and rosemary sprigs, if desired.

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Tips

Expert Tips

I like to use a honey wheat beer in the brine, but you can use your favorite brand.

Use this same brine for a whole roasting chicken, and refrigerate for the full 24 hours. Once you start brining, you will want to brine everything!

Try serving roasted apples instead of the same old mashed potatoes—your family and guests will be pleasantly surprised.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
611.1
% Daily Value
Total Fat
29.1g
45%
Saturated Fat
8.0g
40%
Cholesterol
154.5mg
52%
Sodium
2956.8mg
123%
Total Carbohydrate
34.1g
11%
Dietary Fiber
4.8g
19%
Sugars
21.4g
Protein
47.8g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
7.80%
8%
Calcium
8.20%
8%
Iron
13.80%
14%
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.