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Author Notes: Freshly pressed apple cider can bring the taste of fall to more than just your juice glass. These apple cider pork chops are sweet, tangy, and delicious! —Rachel (Simple Seasonal)
- 5 boneless pork chops
- 1 cup organic apple cider
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin unfiltered olive oil
- 3 tablespoons local honey
- 3 medium cloves of fresh minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1/16 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon corn startch
- 1/3 cup golden raisins
- Create your marinade in a medium mixing bowl by whisking together apple cider vinegar, olive oil, honey, garlic, Dijon mustard, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, and cornstarch.
- Measure 3/4 cup of marinade into a small sauce pan, add golden raisins, and cover. Set aside the remaining marinade in a mixing bowl for the pork. Place the sauce pan in the refrigerator and allow the golden raisins to marinate and become plump while the pork marinates.
- Place the pork into your marinade in mixing bowl and refrigerate for 6-8 hours. If you work or have a busy day ahead, this is ideal to prep in the morning, making dinner prep much easier at the end of a long day.
- Remove pork and the sauce pan with raisins from the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to cooking and allow both items to come to room temperature. Cook the pork on a grill or on the stove-top on medium-high heat, flipping and basting with leftover marinade midway. Depending on the size of your pork chops, you will only need to cook them 3-5 minutes on each side. The pork is done when there is a small amount of pale pink in the center with white outer edges.
- Allow the meat to rest for a few minutes on a plate while you place the saucepan with the marinade and raisins on medium heat. Simmer and stir frequently until the sauce is heated through and thickened. If you cooked your pork on the stovetop, be sure to cook the sauce in the pan that the pork was cooked in to pull up any of that extra flavor that was left over from cooking. Remove from the heat, add the chops to the pan, and coat them in the apple cider sauce. Serve immediately.