|Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples
4 pork chops, 1 1/2-inch thick
2 tsp crushed dried thyme
1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
6 TBS butter
3/4 cup sugar
4 large tart apples, cored, peeled and cut into wedges
Pat chops dry. In small bowl mix together thyme, pepper and salt; season both sides of chops; set aside.
In large heavy skillet melt the butter with the sugar over moderately high heat; add the apples and sauté to taste - cooking time depends on apple variety, thickness and temperature. Cook and turn apples as needed until they are golden brown and the sauce is thickened. Remove from heat and keep warm.
Heat another heavy skillet over medium-high heat, brush with a little vegetable oil. Add chops and brown on each side, about 8 minutes total. Continue to turn chops every couple of minutes until just done (internal temperature 150 degrees F.). Total cooking time for chops will be around 14-18 minutes. Chops can also be grilled or roasted. Serve chops with apples. -Serves 4.