recipe

“It looks fancy but it’s something you can do yourself (with a little help).” —­Zoe, recipe tester, age 10

safety
  • Uses a knife
  • Uses the stovetop
difficulty
  • Advanced
time
  • 35 minutes
yield
  • Serves 4

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Prepare Ingredients

½ cup
apple cider
2 tablespoons
maple syrup
2 teaspoons
Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon
minced fresh thyme or ¼ teaspoon dried
4
boneless pork chops, ¾ to 1 inch thick
½ teaspoon
salt
⅛ teaspoon
pepper
1 tablespoon
vegetable oil

Gather Cooking Equipment

  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Whisk
  • Kitchen shears
  • Paper towels
  • 12-­inch skillet
  • Tongs
  • Instant-­read thermometer
  • Serving platter
  • Aluminum foil
  • Rubber spatula
  • Large spoon
1
 
½ cup
apple cider
2 tablespoons
maple syrup
2 teaspoons
Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon
minced fresh thyme or ¼ teaspoon dried

In liquid measuring cup, whisk together apple cider, maple syrup, mustard, and thyme. Set aside.

 
2
 
4
boneless pork chops, ¾ to 1 inch thick
½ teaspoon
salt
⅛ teaspoon
pepper

Use kitchen shears to make 2 cuts through fat on edges of each pork chop. Pat chops dry with paper towels and sprinkle both sides evenly with salt and pepper. Wash your hands.

To prevent pork chops from curling up as they cook, use kitchen shears to make 2 small slits through fat on edges of each pork chop, about 2 inches apart. Cut through fat only, not meat.

 
3
 
1 tablespoon
vegetable oil

In 12-­inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat for 1 minute (oil should be hot but not smoking). Tilt and swirl skillet to coat evenly with oil.

 
4
 

Use tongs to carefully place chops in skillet. Cook, without moving chops, until well browned on first side, about 5 minutes.

 
5
 

Use clean tongs to carefully flip chops. Reduce heat to medium-­low. Carefully pour apple cider mixture into skillet. Cook until chops register 145 degrees on instant-­read thermometer, about 5 minutes. Use clean tongs to transfer chops to serving platter. Cover platter with aluminum foil.

To check the temperature, use tongs to lift each piece of pork out of the pan and then insert the thermometer sideways into the center of the food. Ask an adult for help; the food—and the pan—are likely very hot.

 
6
 

Increase heat to medium and cook apple cider mixture in skillet, stirring often with rubber spatula, until thick and syrupy, 2 to 3 minutes (sauce will be very bubbly when it thickens). Turn off heat. Spoon glaze over chops and serve.