Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 425°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Season the chops with 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper.
Melt the butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until the foam subsides. Working in 2 batches, cook the chops until nicely browned, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to the baking sheet and roast until no longer pink near the bone (use a paring knife to check), about 8 minutes.
Meanwhile, lower the heat to medium and add the apple, shallot, and thyme to the skillet and cook, stirring often, until beginning to brown and soften, about 2 minutes. Add the cider, scraping any bits off the bottom of the pan, and cook until reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Add the broth and mustard and continue to cook until slightly reduced, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve the sauce over the chops.
Serve with a Homemade Applesauce, rice, or Sour Cream & Leek Mashed Potatoes.
nutrition information (per serving):
15, Fat Calories
130, Saturated Fat
27, Monounsaturated Fat
12, Polyunsaturated Fat
Photo: Scott Phillips