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Instant Pot Pork Chops with Apples

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Channel the flavors of fall with this easy recipe for Instant Pot Pork Chops with Apples. Juicy pork chops with apples and a sweet but savory gravy.

Instant Pot Pork Chops with Apples

Who is ready for fall-inspired recipes? ME! I’ve been brainstorming and I’ve created quite the list of ideas and hope to share them with you over the next few months! I partnered with my friends at Smithfield to bring you a fall-inspired recipe. It’s sweltering hot here in Florida, and I’m dreaming of cooler crisp days that sadly won’t be in my future for a few more months. This recipe for Instant Pot Pork Chops with Apples is sure to get you into the fall spirit!

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Instant Pot Pork Chops with Apples and noodles

Smithfield® offer’s a wide-variety of high quality and easy to prepare pork that is perfect for busy weekday meals or even weekend entertaining. They also understand the need for versatility and ease of prep for everyday meal solutions. This is why Smithfield All Natural Fresh Pork is Guaranteed Tender and is great to use in the slow cooker or Instant Pot as we enter fall and get back into our Back-to-School routine. You can learn more at the Smithfield® website!

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Instant Pot Pork Chops Cooking Steps

How do you make Instant Pot Pork Chops with Apples?

  1. Heat the Instant Pot on “saute” mode. While the Instant Pot heats up. Season the Smithfield® All Natural Bone-In Pork Chops with salt and black pepper on  both sides. Place butter in Instant Pot then working in batches, begin to brown 2 pork chops at a time. About 2-minutes on each side. Using tongs, remove the pork chops and set on a plate, then repeat until all the pork chops are done browning.
  2. While the pork chops brown, peel and slice the apples. Place in a bowl of water to prevent browning until ready to use.
  3. Once the pork chops are done cooking, deglaze the Instant Pot with one cup of water until all the brown bits have been pulled up. (this will prevent the burn error from appearing during cooking). Then, drain the apples and add to the Instant Pot. Sprinkle the apple pie spice and brown sugar on top. Mix well, then place the pork chops on top of the apples, layering the pork chops one-by-one. Add the bundle of fresh thyme on top.
  4. Secure the lid to the Instant Pot, making sure the pressure valve is set to “sealing”. Turn off the Instant Pot then turn back on and set to “meat” for 4 minutes. While the pork chops cook, make a cornstarch slurry with the two tablespoons water to one tablespoon cornstarch. Mix and set to the side.
  5. Once the Instant Pot is done cooking let it naturally rest for 4 minutes then carefully force pressure. Carefully, remove the bundle of thyme, followed by the pork chops to a plate. Using a slotted spoon remove the apples and set to the side for serving.
  6. Turn the Instant Pot off, then back on again to “saute” mode. Using a silicone spatula begin to stir the liquid. Then slowly add in the cornstarch slurry. Stir until thick. Then turn off the heat. Serve sweet but savory gravy on the side with the pork chops and apples.

Instant Pot Pork Chops with Apples and noodles

If your looking for an easy weeknight meal that channels the flavors of fall I hope you’ll give my recipe for Instant Pot Pork Chops with Apples a try. Make sure you check out Smithfield® on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram.

Print Recipe

Instant Pot Pork Chops with Apples

Yield: 6

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 6 Smithfield All Natural Bone-In Pork Chops
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter, divided
  • salt & pepper for seasoning
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons water, divided
  • 4 granny smith apples, peeled and sliced into 1-inch thick wedges
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 bundle of fresh thyme (about 15 sprigs)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Directions:

  1. Heat the Instant Pot on "saute" mode. While the Instant Pot heats up. Season the Smithfield All Natural Bone-In Pork Chops with salt and black pepper on  both sides. Place butter in Instant Pot then working in batches, begin to brown 2 pork chops at a time. About 2-minutes on each side. Remove and set on a plate, then repeat until all the pork chops are done browning.
  2. While the pork chops brown, peel and slice the apples. Place in a bowl of water to prevent browning until ready to use.
  3. Once the pork chops are done cooking, deglaze the Instant Pot with one cup of water until all the brown bits have been pulled up. (this will prevent the burn error from appearing during cooking). Then, drain the apples and add to the Instant Pot. Sprinkle the apple pie seasoning and brown sugar on top. Mix well, then place the pork chops on top of the apples, layering the pork chops one-by-one. Add the bundle of fresh thyme on top.
  4. Secure the lid to the Instant Pot, making sure the pressure valve is set to "sealing". Turn off the Instant Pot then turn back on and set to "meat" for 4 minutes. While the pork chops cook, make a cornstarch slurry with the two tablespoons water to one tablespoon cornstarch. Mix and set to the side.
  5. Once the Instant Pot is done cooking let it naturally rest for 4 minutes then carefully force pressure. Carefully, remove the bundle of thyme, followed by the pork chops to a plate. Using a slotted spoon remove the apples and set to the side for serving.
  6. Turn the Instant Pot off, then back on again to "saute" mode. Using a silicone spatula begin to stir the liquid. Then slowly add in the cornstarch slurry. Stir until thick. Then turn off the heat. Serve sweet but savory gravy on the side with the pork chops and apples.

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