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Pork Chops with Roasted Apples and Brussels Sprouts

Photo: Alison Miksch

Hands-on time 15 mins
Total time 40 mins
Yield

Makes 4 servings

For the zestiest flavor, rub the chops with the brown sugar mixture the night before, and let them chill overnight.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 4 (1-inch-thick) bone-in, center-cut pork chops
  • 3 tablespoons plus 2 tsp. olive oil, divided
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Gala apple (8 to 9 oz.), cut into 1/2-inch wedges
  • 1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half
  • Vegetable cooking spray

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Stir together first 5 ingredients, 1 Tbsp. brown sugar, 1 tsp. rosemary, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. black pepper in a small bowl. Rub each pork chop with 1/2 tsp. olive oil; rub both sides of each pork chop with brown sugar mixture (about 2 tsp. on each chop).

  2. Whisk together apple cider vinegar and remaining 2 Tbsp. brown sugar, 1 tsp. rosemary, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. black pepper in a small bowl; slowly whisk in remaining 3 Tbsp. olive oil until blended. Place apples, Brussels sprouts, and 1/4 cup vinegar mixture in a large bowl, and toss to coat.

  3. Place pork chops in center of a lightly greased (with cooking spray) heavy-duty aluminum foil-lined sheet pan; place apple mixture around pork chops.

  4. Bake at 425° for 12 minutes; turn pork chops over, and bake 10 to 14 minutes more or until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 140°. Transfer pork chops to a serving platter, and cover with foil to keep warm. Stir apple mixture in sheet pan, and spread into an even layer.

  5. Increase oven temperature to broil, and broil apple mixture 3 to 4 minutes or until browned and slightly charred. Transfer apple mixture to a medium bowl. Toss together apple mixture and remaining vinegar mixture. Season with kosher salt, and serve with pork chops.