- 4 bone-in pork chops (3/4 to 1 in. thick; about 2 lbs. total), excess fat trimmed
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 10 to 12 medium-size, tender sage leaves, plus 1 tbsp. chopped fresh sage
- 1/2 pound shallots, slivered
- 8 fresh thyme sprigs, divided
- 1 cup dry hard cider, such as Ace
- 1/4 cup whipping cream
- calories 283
- caloriesfromfat 49 %
- protein 24 g
- fat 15 g
- satfat 6.3 g
- carbohydrate 9.6 g
- fiber 0.2 g
- sodium 79 mg
- cholesterol 83 mg
How to Make It
Season chops with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large, heavy frying pan over medium-high heat. Lay chops in pan and cook until browned, turning once, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and cover loosely with foil.
Add sage leaves and fry until crisp, about 30 seconds. Drain on paper towels.
Reduce heat to medium-low and add butter, chopped sage, shallots, and 4 thyme sprigs to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until shallots are soft and lightly browned, 6 to 10 minutes.
Increase heat to medium-high and add cider. Cook, stirring and scraping to release browned bits, until cider is reduced by two-thirds, 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, stir in cream, and boil 2 minutes to thicken sauce.
Return pork chops and juices to pan in a single layer, spooning some shallots and liquid over chops. Cover and cook until chops are only barely pink in center (cut to test), 4 to 5 minutes more (they will continue to cook off the heat). Remove bare thyme sprigs (most of the leaves will have fallen into the sauce).
Season with salt and pepper to taste and top with fried sage and remaining thyme sprigs.