Dates Apples & Sage Pork Chops (Gluten-Free)

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These pork chops are, pan seared and baked with dates, apples and fresh sage. The dates add some sweetness to this savoury dish, and the apples, are coated with a little butter, cinnamon and nutmeg adding delicious flavour to the pork chops. For best results, it is essential to have a good quality skillet to sear meat. Investing in a good quality skillet makes searing effortless. I know Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and turkey is almost on everyone’s menu, but for those that prefer something besides turkey, you should try these pork chops they are outstanding. The best part, this recipe include apples, so you don’t need to add applesauce. I love to serve the tasty chops with creamy turnip and carrot mash, cauliflower mash with chives or sweet potato and acorn squash mash. You got it, something mashed and creamy. Totally a Thanksgiving meal without the turkey! Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 4 bone-in loin pork chops, about 1-inch thick
  • Pure Sea salt and GF coarse black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. Coconut oil or any high temperature oil. Do not use olive oil, this is for searing the chops
  • 2 Tbsp. Salted butter, divided
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • Fresh sage leaves (about 10)
  • 1/2 cup dates, halved
  • 2 apples cut into wedges, I used granny smith
  • 1/2 tsp. GF ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. GF ground nutmeg
  • Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Generously season pork chops with salt and pepper
  • Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork chops and sear on both sides for about 2 minutes. Remove from the skillet and place in a 9x13-inch baking dish
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and using the same skillet, add 1 tablespoon of butter. Add garlic, sage leaves and dates and stir to combine. Add balsamic vinegar, bring to boil and pour over the pork chops. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes
  • Using the same skillet heat remaining 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat. Add apples, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir to coat the apples, then pour over the pork chops. Cover and bake 15 more minutes. In the end, remove the foil turn the oven to broil and broil for about 3 minutes until the pork chops are browned, and the apples are charred


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