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Pork Chops with Riesling Applesauce

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This recipe appears in Un-Wine’d, which airs Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. on VPM PBS. Watch past seasons and current episodes on the PBS app or PBS website. Check the broadcast schedule for local listings. Discover more recipes here.

What You’ll Need:

  • 6 Pork Chops, cut about 1” thick
  • 3 c. buttermilk
  • 1 t. Salt
  • ½ t freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ t. Rubbed thyme
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ c. flour
  • 2 c. seasoned panko crumbs
  • ⅓ c. vegetable oil
  • 2 c. riesling wine
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 cooking apples, peeled, cored, and diced
  • ¼ c. sugar


Step 1: Trim the pork chops of excess fat.

Step 2: In a ziplock bag, place the buttermilk, salt, pepper, and rubbed thyme. Massage the bag to allow the seasonings to be blended well into the buttermilk. Add the pork chops and marinate overnight or at least 4 hours.

Step 3: Drain the pork chops, reserving the liquid. Place the liquid in a small to medium mixing bowl large enough to hold one of the pork chops and beat in the two eggs. Place the flour in another bowl that will fold the chops and the panko in a third bowl of similar size. Set the dipping station up so you dip the moist pork chops in flour then the egg and buttermilk mixture then finally the panko.

Step 4: Heat a large fry pan with the oil over medium-high heat. Dip the pork chops in the aforementioned dipping order and place into the hot oil. Cook for 5 minutes on each side or until the pork chops are golden brown. Test for doneness. Pork chops should be cooked to a minimum temperature of 145 degrees. If they register below 145, continue cooking in the frypan or place on a cookie sheet in a 350 degree oven until they register the minimum temperature or above if you wish a more well done chop.

Step 5: For the applesauce, heat the Riesling, shallots and thyme in a saucepan over medium-high heat and reduce by half. Add the apples and sugar then cook until the apple chunks are soft. Mash up the cooked apples with a fork or potato masher. Adjust the seasoning with a bit more sugar if needed, and add salt and pepper if you desire.

Step 6:To serve, top the chops with the applesauce.

Serves 6


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