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Seared pork chops a la Provencale

These seared pork chops a la provencale are made with pork chops seasoned with Herbes de Provence and seared in butter with caramelized cognac apples.

Pork chops a la provencale

Enjoy this recipe for pan seared pork chops from my favorite French cook: my husband Nico.

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In the South of France people like to grill meats. In the winter or colder months they are cooked in pans, while in the summer outdoor homemade grills are very common. It’s a common practice for people to go nearby forests and roadsides to pick up dry branches and use them as fuel for grilling food outdoors. Both olive oil and butter are used for cooking meat dishes, olive oil works great for grilling, but butter is a great option for searing meat. Using butter gives the dish a distinct flavor and creates a light coating on the taste buds that enhances the taste of the foods cooked with it.

Seared pork chops a la provencale

The other ingredient that gives the dish a taste of the South of France is the herb mix. Herbes de Provence consists of a mix of of dry thyme, savory, rosemary, oregano, and others (lavender, basil, fennel). These days you can find Herbes de Provence in most grocery stores, but it’s also easy to just improvise and mix the ones that you have available. A great side dish to accompany these seared pork chops is a potato gratin – together this will make a comforting meal that is perfect for the fall/winter

Seared pork chops with apples




Seared pork chops a la provencale

Seared pork chops a la provencale

Pork chops seasoned with Herbes de Provence and seared in butter with caramelized cognac apples.
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Course: Main dish
Cuisine: European, French
Keyword: Apples, Herbes de Provence, Pork chops, Seared pork chops a la provencale
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 3 persons

Ingredients

  • 3 pork chops
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of Herbes de Provence or a mix of thyme/rosemary/oregano/marjoram
  • 1 apple cored and sliced
  • 1/2 onion yellow or white, cut in slices – optional
  • 2 tablespoons of butter – 1 for for the first part and another tablespoon for the second part
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of cognac
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Rub the pork chops with the Herbes de Provence and salt.
  • Melt the butter in a pan over medium to high heat.
  • Place the pork chops in the center of the pan and let them sear until golden on each side.
  • Add the sliced apples and onions.
  • Continue cooking, stirring gently and turning the apples/onions as needed.
  • Once the pork chops are fully cooked remove them from the pan and place them on a warm plate.
  • Add the remaining butter to the apples, next add the brown sugar and cognac. Gently stir the apples/onions and cook until the apples start to caramelize.
  • Add the pork chops back to the pan and serve immediately with your choice of side dishes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g
 
  
 

 Step by step preparation photos for seared pork chops a la provencale:

 
Ingredients for seared pork chops with apples
 
Slice the apple and the onion
 
Cook the pork chops in butter
 
Add the apples and onions
 
Add the remaning butter, sugar, and cognac to the apples
 
Seared pork chops with caramelized cognac apples

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8 Comments

  1. Delicious and surprisingly easy to make! Everyone in my family (including the kids) enjoyed this recipe!

  2. Laylita: I fixed this for dinner last night along with some scalloped potatoes. I followed the recipe to a “T” and must say the pork chops were absolutely fabulous. My wife said they were very very good and wants me to be sure to save the recipe so we can have it again. I look forward to trying some of your other recipes.

  3. Thank you, I was happy to pair fresh apples with pork!
    This may be a silly question for experienced foodies….but what herbs are in “herbs de provence” ?

    It was a great recipe but I also want to know the secret of a tender pork chop,
    I always seem to over cook it, maybe I need to use a meat thermometer…..?

    Hi Monica: herbes de Provence typically contain a mix of dry thyme, basil, fennel, lavender and savory. There are several variations in the ingredients for the mix and what quantity of each. Thyme is present in almost all. As for the cook time, I tend to cook them on high heat for just a few minutes on each side. Towards the end you can apply a flat fork and press out the blood left. It allows you to shorten the cook time, keep the chops moist and juicy while at the same time cooking them fully (no pink left inside). – Nico.

  4. Glad you posted the pictures. You didn’t say when to add the herbs. Also don’t the pork chops get cold in 10 minutes? Wouldn’t you want to put them in a covered casserole and slip into a warm oven? Or are they supposed to be eaten cold?

    Hi: herbs can be added before cooking. Given they are dry they resist well to heat and can give taste to the meat during the process. It’s good practice to eat them warm and cover them. – Nico

  5. Wonderful! Any secret for the meat. I am not sure why but everytime I cook pork chops the meet is not tender. I wonder if I overcooked? any tips. Mil gracias.

    Hi Belem: generally it is recommended that meats are cooked slow to be tender, but in this case I like a combination of both: high heat for a short time to sear on both sides, then slow cook to finish. You can also use a fork and apply it flat to press the blood/juice out and finish cooking it in less time. It will limit the dryness typical of pork meat once fully cooked. – Nico

  6. How do the French stay slender? Would you have any tips perhaps?

    Hi Marina: not all French are slender :) From a food standpoint, a little bit of red wine is known for eliminating cholesterol (up to a point). There are many things that conventional medicine / diet hasn’t figured out. People in sunny areas like the South of France are generally thinner, sun exposure does something to body metabolism. People also walk frequently to get to work, take a lunch break at the nearby bistro, buy groceries, etc. Many small things. – Nico.

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