Pork Chops with Apple Gravy

Pork and apples is a classic combination, but the apple gravy is a different twist. We like this pork chops and apple gravy recipe with new red potatoes. The apple cider isn’t dominant, so the gravy works well with potatoes.

You can make this on the stovetop or cook your pork chops on the grill.  If you cook the pork chops on the grill, you won’t have drippings for the apple gravy, so we have given you an alternative using Instant Clearjel and butter.  With Instant Clearjel, you don’t have to cook the gravy, so it’s very easy to make.  Of course, you can pan fry your pork chops and still use Clearjel.

Pan-Fried Pork Chops and Apple Gravy (Using Flour and Drippings)

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 large pork chops
  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup apple cider or apple juice

Directions:

  1. Pour the vegetable oil in a large skillet.  Salt and pepper the pork chops.  Pan-fry the pork chops over medium-high heat until done.  Set the pork chops on a platter and keep warm until ready to serve.
  2. Scrape loose the pork drippings in the bottom of the pan.  You should have some fatty liquid in the pan.  Whisk in the flour and cook for one minute to make thick a slurry.
  3. Whisk in the broth and cider.  Cook until the apple gravy bubbles, the starch gelatinizes, and the gravy thickens.

Grilled Pork Chops and Apple Gravy (Using Instant Clearjel)

  • salt and pepper
  • 4 large pork chops
  • 3 tablespoon Instant Clearjel
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup apple cider or apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  1. Heat the grill and salt and pepper the pork chops.  Cook the pork chops on the grill, turning them once.
  2. While the pork chops are cooking, make the apple gravy.  Put the Instant Clearjel in a medium microwave-safe bowl.  Add about half of the broth and stir to make a paste.  Add the rest of the broth and apple juice, stirring after each addition.  Some lumps will remain.  Add the butter.
  3. Heat the apple gravy in the microwave until it is hot, not boiling.  Stir the hot gravy to finish melting the butter.  Let the gravy sit for five to ten minutes.  Stir before serving.  It should be smooth.

Note:  Three tablespoons of Clearjel makes a thick gravy.  When we made it, it was not thick at first.  After heating and sitting for five minutes, it was.  This is a very easy way to make gravy.

(Updated from May 14, 2014)

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