Is it Friday yet?! This week is going by at a snails pace…
A few weeks ago, our local supermarket was having a sale on pork chops, so I said why not?! Growing up, my Mom never served pork chops for dinner. Honestly, growing up I didn’t like anything that came from a pig, I saw the movie ‘Babe’ and I just couldn’t imagine him on my plate. Until my husband and I moved in together, I hadn’t had even a piece of bacon for a decade. Since he cooked it literally all the time, my mouth couldn’t help but water, and then I caved. So if my mother did cook pork during my childhood, I clearly don’t remember 🙂
So I’ve never really knew what pork chops tasted like, or how to cook them – but I thought this would be a fun experiment. I didn’t except these to turn out as amazing as they did.
I read a few articles online and it said “the trick to a great pork chop, is letting it sear in a pan before baking them” – and that’s exactly what I did. I first used a meat mallet to flat them a bit (they were pretty thick), and also to get the salt and pepper to stick to it. I let them brown, and then stuck them in the oven with apples, onions, and wait for it….bacon.
It’s a really easy paleo, whole 30, gluten free meal that only takes 30 minutes to make. And with the apples, onions, and bacon, it makes a whole meal in one – leaving you quite full!
I served this with some roasted garlic kale, but this would be perfect paired with any salad! I hope you enjoy this recipe on a cold night this winter!
Baked Paleo Pork Chops with Apples and Bacon
Servings = 4
- 4 (4oz) boneless pork chops
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tablespoon thyme, chopped
- 1 medium white onion, peeled and sliced
- 2 medium apples, cored and sliced
- 4 slices of bacon, chopped
- Preheat your oven to 425F
- In a baking dish bake the onions, thyme, apples, bacon, salt and pepper for 20 minutes.
- Pound the pork chops out with a meat mallet, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil on medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add in the pork chops. Cook each side until browned (about 3 minutes per side). Remove the pork from the pan and remove the skillet from the heat.
- Place the pork chops on top of the apples, onions, and bacon mixture (after 20 minutes). Place back in the oven for 10 minutes.