Mouthwatering Pork Loin Chops with Spicy Cinnamon Apples

Are you ready to take a flavorful and exciting journey to Southern-style cuisine? Then, look no further because I have got you covered. Hi, I’m your chef for today and I’m thrilled to share with you my recipe for Southern Comfort Pork Loin Chops with Cinnamon Apples – a delicious, hearty and comforting meal that screams pure southern goodness.

As a chef specializing in southern cuisine, I’ve learned that one of the best ways to honor my roots is by cooking traditional favorites that never go out of style. And this recipe is one of them! The combination of juicy and tender boneless center-cut pork chops seasoned with dried sage, cayenne pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon and southern comfort with the sweet aroma of caramelized Granny Smith apples mixed with fresh ginger, cinnamon and brown sugar truly makes it a match made in heaven.

In this article, you will find detailed instructions on how to create this divine dish, including substitution options for various ingredients, pairing suggestions, tips for perfect results as well as common questions answered in our FAQ section. So whether you’re cooking for yourself or looking to impress guests, feel confident that you will produce an amazing meal that everyone will love.

So let’s dive into the ingredients list and start cooking up some Southern Comfort Pork Loin Chops with Cinnamon Apples – guaranteed to be your new favorite!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Southern Comfort Pork Loin Chops With Cinnamon Apples
Southern Comfort Pork Loin Chops With Cinnamon Apples

Let’s talk about why this Southern Comfort Pork Loin Chops With Cinnamon Apples Recipe is one of the best pork recipes out there. First of all, the combination of savory and sweet flavors is absolutely unbeatable. The succulent center-cut pork chops seasoned with cayenne pepper, ground nutmeg, and fresh sage are perfectly complemented by the sweet and spicy cinnamon apples. I mean, who wouldn’t love a meal that’s both hearty and flavorful?

Another reason to love this recipe is its versatility. You can cook it on a stove top, in a crock pot, or even bake it in the oven. Plus, you can always play with different variations by adjusting the spices or adding your preferred ingredients such as pecans for an extra crunch or green apples for some tanginess. Trust me when I say this: making tweaks to this recipe is like putting your imagination to the test.

But wait, there’s more! Not only is this delicious recipe easy to make, but it’s also affordable and it can serve up to four people generously. It’s an excellent option if you’re hosting a family gathering or just cooking up something special for yourself.

The truth is that this Southern Comfort Pork Loin Chops With Cinnamon Apples Recipe ticks all the boxes when it comes to what we crave in a good meal: flavor, variety, affordability, and ease of preparation. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and try it now!

Ingredient List

 Sizzling, juicy pork chops smothered in a sweet cinnamon apple sauce.
Sizzling, juicy pork chops smothered in a sweet cinnamon apple sauce.

Let’s check out the ingredients we’ll need to make these Southern Comfort Pork Loin Chops with Cinnamon Apples Recipe. This dish is packed with flavorful ingredients, so let’s ensure we have everything we need to get started.

The Ingredients

  • 4 boneless center cut pork chops, each about ¾ inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of dried sage
  • 4 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Salt
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced into wedges
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar

I like to get all my ingredients together before I start cooking because it makes the process much smoother. Plus, it’s hard to forget anything when everything is right in front of you!

The Recipe How-To

 Take a bite of this comforting, classic Southern meal.
Take a bite of this comforting, classic Southern meal.

Now that we’ve whetted your appetite with the tantalizing description, it’s time to get cooking! Follow these simple steps to create delectable Southern Comfort Pork Loin Chops with Cinnamon Apples.

Prep Time

  • Total: 30 minutes

Cook Time

  • Total: 45 minutes

For the pork chops:

  • 4 boneless center-cut pork loin chops, about ¾ inch thick
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper, Southern-style
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 fresh sage leaves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried sage
  • Salt (1/4 tsp)
  • Fresh ground black pepper (1/4 tsp)

For the cinnamon apples:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Step 1:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Rub both sides of your pork chops with olive oil and season with Southern-style salt and pepper to taste, as well as cayenne pepper. In a small bowl, mix together minced fresh sage and dried sage. Rub this mixture on both sides of pork chops.

Step 2:

In a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat, add in pork chops and sear them for about two minutes until golden brown. Flip the pork chops and transfer the skillet into oven’s upper rack. Bake for approximately six to seven minutes until they are cooked thoroughly; remember different ovens have different heat food placed at different heights will experience different heat intensity so adjust accordingly.

Step 3:

While the pork is cooking, prepare cinnamon apples. In a separate skillet (use a heavy-bottomed one or you risk burning the sauce) over medium heat, add in butter and let it melt. Toss in your sliced apples, and sauté for about four to five minutes or until soft. Then, add brown sugar and cinnamon, stirring gently, once sugar has melted, add fresh lemon juice. Stir the mixture for two to three more minutes to fully incorporate everything.

Step 4:

Once the pork chops are cooked through, take them out of the oven and let them rest for a few minutes. Top each chop with some of the sautéed cinnamon apple mixture (or use it as a side), and sprinkle with fresh sage leaves if desired.

Now you’re ready to dig into your tasty Southern Comfort Pork Loin Chops with Cinnamon Apples!

Substitutions and Variations

 The perfect blend of savory and sweet in every bite.
The perfect blend of savory and sweet in every bite.

This Southern Comfort Pork Loin Chops With Cinnamon Apples Recipe is quite versatile, and there are a few substitutions and variations that you can make to suit your preferences. Here are some ideas to get you started:

– Instead of pecans, you could try using walnuts or almonds for a different nutty flavor and crunch.

– If you don’t have fresh sage on hand, you can use dried sage instead. Just remember to use half as much dried sage as the recipe calls for in fresh sage.

– For a sweeter apple flavor, consider swapping out the Granny Smith apples for Honeycrisp or Gala apples.

– Fresh ginger adds a bright and zesty kick to this recipe, but if you don’t have any fresh ginger, you can substitute with ground ginger. Use 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger for every tablespoon of fresh ginger called for in the recipe.

– If you’re looking to cut down on the fat content, you can substitute butter with olive oil in the apple mixture.

– For a spicier kick, add an extra pinch of cayenne pepper or even some red pepper flakes to the seasonings.

– If pork loin chops are not available, boneless pork chops will work equally well. You can also try this recipe with pork steaks or grilled pork instead.

– If cinnamon apples aren’t your thing, try baking some glazed carrots or caramelized onions as a side dish instead.

Remember, these are just suggestions – feel free to get creative and experiment with your own substitutions and variations. Happy cooking!

Serving and Pairing

 The aroma of cinnamon-spiced apples will fill your kitchen.
The aroma of cinnamon-spiced apples will fill your kitchen.

Now it’s time to serve and indulge in this comforting Southern-style meal!

I recommend pairing the Southern Comfort Pork Loin Chops with Cinnamon Apples with a side of creamy mashed sweet potatoes or a classic mac and cheese for a complete southern feast. For a healthier spin, you could also pair it with roasted brussels sprouts or steamed green beans.

To take the meal up a notch, consider serving it on a bed of fresh arugula or mixed greens dressed with a simple vinaigrette for an elegant touch. Alternatively, you could slice the pork chops and arrange them atop a grilled ciabatta or sourdough bread with some sharp cheddar cheese and apple slices for a delightful sandwich creation.

And let’s not forget the beverage: Southern-style sweet tea is a classic choice for this dish. If you’re looking for an adult-beverage option, I would suggest pairing this recipe with a glass of bourbon or even Southern-style sangria – both will complement the warm and cozy flavors.

However you serve it, you won’t regret adding this Southern Comfort Pork Loin Chops with Cinnamon Apples recipe to your regular dinner rotation. It’s the perfect balance of comforting and flavorful – guaranteed to impress your family and friends at any occasion.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A hearty, satisfying plate of succulent pork and tender, caramelized apples.
A hearty, satisfying plate of succulent pork and tender, caramelized apples.

One of the best ways to enjoy Southern Comfort Pork Loin Chops with Cinnamon Apples Recipe is to make it ahead of time. You can either prepare the whole dish and refrigerate it for up to two days before serving, or cook and store the pork chops separately from the cinnamon apples.

If you opt for preparing the whole dish ahead of time, be sure to let it cool down to room temperature before refrigerating it. When you’re ready to serve, reheat the dish in a preheated oven at 350°F for about 20-25 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

If you decide to cook and store the pork chops and cinnamon apples separately, you can refrigerate them in separate airtight containers for up to four days. Reheat them individually in a microwave, stovetop, or oven until they reach your desired temperature.

When reheating leftovers, I recommend adding a drizzle of olive oil or butter to maintain the texture and flavor of the pork loin chops. However, if you find that your cinnamon apples have become too dry after reheating them, consider adding a splash of apple juice or water when reheating them. This will help to loosen them up while keeping their sweet and tangy flavor intact.

Remember that Southern Comfort Pork Loin Chops with Cinnamon Apples Recipe tastes best when fresh ingredients are used- very important! For this reason, I generally do not recommend freezing this dish as it may impact its texture and taste quality. But rest assured, you might not even have leftovers as there’s always someone asking for seconds!

Tips for Perfect Results

 We promise you won't be able to resist these mouthwatering pork chops.
We promise you won’t be able to resist these mouthwatering pork chops.

When it comes to making the perfect Southern Comfort Pork Loin Chops with Cinnamon Apples, there are a few tips and tricks you can use to make sure your dish is a crowd-pleaser. Here are some of my top recommendations for ensuring your pork loin chops turn out juicy, tender, and full of flavor.

Firstly, before cooking the pork chops, be sure to bring them to room temperature. This means taking them out of the refrigerator and letting them sit on the counter for about 30-60 minutes before cooking. This step ensures that the pork chops cook more evenly throughout when they’re in the hot oven or on the stove-top.

Another great tip is to use fresh herbs like sage and ginger. Fresh ground black pepper also adds a nice kick of flavor. Always use unsalted butter and adjust seasoning to your preference adding salt only at the end of the recipe, otherwise over-seasoning may end it up as salty.

Additionally, try to use freshly squeezed lemon juice whenever possible. It adds a bright note of acidity that complements both the pork and the apples beautifully.

It’s important to monitor the heat when cooking pork. You want a hot oven but not too high, preheated to 450°F (230°C). If you’re cooking on a stove-top, avoid using high heat as this can result in charred or tough meat. Instead, opt for medium-low heat so you can cook the meat slowly and thoroughly.

Resting is key in keeping tender cuts like boneless center cut pork chops nice and juicy after they are taken out of heat. Loosely tenting with foil for about 5 minutes will allow juices get reabsorbed by meat fibers making it easier to cut without losing much moisture.

Lastly, don’t forget about presentation! Try placing your pork chops on top of some baked cinnamon apples and sprinkle some chopped pecans or brown sugar on top. This will add some crunch and sweetness to the dish, as well as making it look irresistible. Remember, people eat with their eyes first!

Now that you know my tips and tricks for making Southern-style pork chops with cinnamon apples, you’re ready to impress your family and guests with a delicious and satisfying meal. Enjoy!


Now it’s time to answer some frequently asked questions about this delightful southern-inspired recipe. Let’s dive into the most important inquiries and make sure you have all the answers you need to make this dish an absolute hit at your next gathering or weeknight dinner.

What is the secret to juicy pork chops?

For the juiciest pork chops, a quick brine is key! After bringing home your pork chops, it’s important to brine them to ensure they stay moist and flavorful during the cooking process. Even a brine as short as 30 minutes (or as long as four hours) can have a significant impact on the final result.

How do you cook pork loin chops without drying them out?

For perfectly cooked pork chops, one of the most effective methods is to use a skillet that can be placed in the oven. This involves frying the pork chops over high heat to get them golden brown, and then baking them at a moderate heat of around 400 degrees Fahrenheit, which ensures that they stay juicy and tender without drying out.

Which cooking method is best for loin chops?

Grilling methods vary depending on the type of food being cooked. For small cuts like kabobs, tenderloin, burgers, and chops, direct heat is preferred. This means that the food is placed right over the heat source. On the other hand, large cuts like loin roasts, ribs, shoulder, and fresh ham require indirect heat. This involves placing the food on the grill rack, away from the coals or gas burners. By utilizing the appropriate grilling method, you can ensure that your food is cooked evenly and to perfection.

What apples are best for baking with pork?

When it comes to teaming up with salty pork, our top picks are apples that have a sweet disposition and can withstand the heat of the oven. Excellent choices include Golden Delicious, Piñata®, and Honeycrisp apples.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Southern Comfort Pork Loin Chops With Cinnamon Apples Recipe is a mouth-watering option for those who love southern-style cuisine. With sweet and savory flavors, it’s perfect for any occasion. This dish is easy to make with simple ingredients that are easy to find at your local grocery store.

Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a beginner in the kitchen, this recipe is easy to follow and customize to your liking. By adding fresh sage or pecans, you can elevate the flavors of the dish even more. It’s also easy to substitute the pork loin chops with other cuts of pork such as pork steaks or boneless pork chops.

In addition, this recipe is versatile with several serving options such as baked, fried or grilled. It pairs beautifully with roasted vegetables or mashed potatoes, making it a hit at any dinner party.

Lastly, this dish can be stored easily and reheated for those busy weeknights where time is short. Plus, it’s perfect for meal prepping for a quick and easy lunch option during the week.

Overall, if you’re looking for a delicious and comforting meal, look no further than the Southern Comfort Pork Loin Chops With Cinnamon Apples Recipe. It’s one of the best ways to enjoy pork chops and apples together!

Southern Comfort Pork Loin Chops With Cinnamon Apples

Southern Comfort Pork Loin Chops With Cinnamon Apples Recipe

Tart Granny Smiths balance the caramel sweetness of brown sugar and Southern Comfort.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Southern American
Calories 406.1 kcal


  • 1 teaspoon dried sage or 1 tablespoon fresh sage, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 4 (4 ounce) boneless center cut pork chops (about 1/2 inch thick)
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Southern Comfort
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 4 cups granny smith apples (peeled,1/2-inch slices)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon, juice and zest
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 dash salt


  • 1/3 cup pecans, chopped
  • fresh sage


  • Combine first 4 ingredients, and sprinkle over the pork.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add pork; cook 3 minutes on each side or until done. Remove the pork from pan. Cover and keep warm.
  • Deglaze pan with Southern Comfort.
  • Add butter to pan over medium heat with ginger and apples and remaining ingredients, and cook 5-8 minutes or until tender and sauce thickens, stirring frequently. Serve pork topped with the apples.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 269gCalories: 406.1kcalCarbohydrates: 23.1gProtein: 34.6gFat: 15.5gSaturated Fat: 3.8gCholesterol: 88.7mgSodium: 618.7mgFiber: 4.6gSugar: 16.8g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Apple, Easy, Fruit, Meat, Pork, Stove Top, Sweet
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