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Pork Chops with Cider-Braised Shallots

By , from the Matthew Amster-Burton collection
Serves 4
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1½ hours


These chops deliver the marriage of pork and apple without the sugar bomb of applesauce. Serve with hard cider, of course.



2 cups cold water
¼ cup Diamond Crystal kosher salt (or 2 tablespoons table salt)
¼ cup sugar


2 Tbsp. olive oil
4 bone-in, pork-rib chops, about 8 ounces each
2 large shallots, minced
1 cup dry hard cider
4 Tbsp. cold butter
2 Tbsp. minced fresh herbs (try a mix of thyme and oregano)


  1. Stir together the water, kosher salt, and sugar until the salt and sugar are completely dissolved. Place the pork chops in a baking dish, pour the brine over, and refrigerate 1 hour, turning the chops after 30 minutes.
  2. Heat the oil in a large stainless skillet over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, dry the chops thoroughly with paper towels and sprinkle with pepper. Add the chops to the pan and cook 3 minutes. Flip, reduce heat to medium, and cook an additional 3 minutes. Continue cooking as necessary to an internal temperature of 140 degrees. Transfer the chops to a plate and tent with foil.
  3. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the pan. Add the shallots and cook over medium heat until softened, about 2 minutes. Raise heat to high, add the cider and any accumulated juices from the pork, and cook, scraping the bottom of the pan, until the browned bits are dissolved and the cider is syrupy and reduced to about ½ cup. Off the heat, stir in the butter and season with salt to taste. Stir in the herbs, pour the sauce and shallots over the pork, and serve.


Read more about hard cider in Matthew Amster-Burton’s “The cider house rules.”

Related article: The cider house rules

This content is from the Matthew Amster-Burton collection.

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Average Rating 5
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1. by Ann Kingman on Dec 2, 2009 at 4:26 PM PST
Rating: five

I think these were the best pork chops I’ve ever eaten. We used fresh farm-raised, pastured pork, so I’m sure the quality of the ingredients had something to do with it, but the recipe itself was quick, easy and fantastically delicious. The only substitution we made was using sage in place of the oregano because that’s what we had on hand. This recipe has gone into the “keeper” file.

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