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Pork Chops with Thyme-Scented Apples over Cheddar Polenta

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

Pork and apple juices mingle beautifully and make a lovely sauce for the chops and cheesy polenta.


  • 3 cups whole milk
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup polenta (cornmeal)
  • 3 oz. sharp Cheddar, coarsely grated (about 1 cup)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 4 1-inch-thick boneless center-cut pork chops (about 1-1/2 lb.)
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 2 tart apples, cored and sliced into 16 wedges each
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • Light brown sugar

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 670
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 270
  • Fat (g): 30
  • Saturated Fat (g): 15
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 10
  • Cholesterol (mg): 140
  • Sodium (mg): 570
  • Carbohydrates (g): 52
  • Fiber (g): 3
  • Sugar (g): 22
  • Protein (g): 46


  • In a 3-quart saucepan, bring the milk and a large pinch of salt to a simmer over medium heat. Slowly whisk in the polenta, reduce the heat to medium low, and cook, stirring often, for about 5 minutes. Stir in 1 cup water and cook, stirring occasionally, until the polenta is thick and creamy, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in the cheese, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Meanwhile, melt the butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Season the pork with salt and cook, flipping once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in a chop close to, but not touching, the bone registers 140°F, about 8 minutes total. Transfer to a plate and keep warm.
  • Add the apple cider, apples, and thyme to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples begin to soften, about 8 minutes. Add brown sugar to taste. Serve the apples and sauce over the pork chops and polenta.


For even creamier polenta, replace 1 cup of the milk with heavy cream.


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Reviews (6 reviews)

  • pokano | 11/10/2017

    Quite yummy and easy to make. I used heirloom Idared apples, nice and tart and held their shape well.

  • user-6881499 | 07/19/2017

    I used bone-in pork chops and granny smith apple. I also mistakenly used apple cider vinegar instead of apple cider. But it turns out great!!! I will definitely make this again and again, maybe try to use apple cider too as the original recipe. But I'm super happy with the mistake and I have a feeling I will like this version more

  • Krispie | 12/02/2016

    This was super easy and totally delicious.

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