Anyone else out there love pork chops and applesauce? While I’m sure I could find some Whole 30 compliant applesauce at the store, I decided to just make my own apple, walnut, and raisin compote to go on top of these grilled pork chops. You could cook it a little longer and use a hand masher to make this into true applesauce, but I like it chunky. The raisins add a little extra sweetness to the apples since this recipe doesn’t have any added sugar (to make it Whole 30 compliant), and the walnuts add a nice texture. My dad even liked this, and he’s the pickiest person on the planet.
Always Perfect Pork Chops
- Lean center-cut pork chops
- Garlic Powder
- Parsley flakes
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- Avocado oil
- Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add a glug of avocado oil to the pan.
- Season both sides of the pork chops with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and parsley flakes. Place the pork chops in the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes.
- When the pork chops come off the pan easily, they are ready to flip (if they stick, give them a little more time – the crust is not ready yet). Flip the pork chops and cook for another 5 minutes.
- Stick the pan in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes to let the pork chops finish cooking.
Apple, Walnut, and Raisin Compote
- 2 apples (I used red delicious for the recipe I photographed, but I have also made it with golden delicious and Granny Smith, so use whatever kind of apples you like)
- 1/8 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/8 cup raisins
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/4 cup water
- Peel the apples and dice into small cubes.
- Put the apples in a pan over medium-high heat with the water and cinnamon.
- Stir and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until they start to soften.
- Turn the heat down to low and add the walnuts and raisins.
- Let simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reaches your desired consistency. (I usually cook mine for about 15 minutes.)
- Scoop the mixture onto the top of your pork chops.
You can also serve this as a side dish, a topping on your oatmeal, or with some granola on top for a warm breakfast or guilt-free dessert.
If you want the mixture to be more like applesauce, then leave out the walnuts and raisins and smash the apples with a hand masher once they have cooked for about 15-20 minutes.
If you are not on the Whole 30, you could definitely add some sugar to this mixture to make it sweeter. I think brown sugar would probably give it the best flavor and would start with just a tablespoon and taste test it.
If you don’t have raisins, you could also use dried cranberries. Just make sure that if you are doing Whole 30 they don’t have added sugar.