Slow-Cooker Smothered Pork Chops with Apples
Why This Recipe Works
For a lighter yet still hearty version of smothered pork chops, we traded in the usual bacon and buttery gravy for Golden Delicious apples, which held their shape but became tender and saucy in the slow cooker. To deliver the best flavor, we sautéed the apples and onion until they were softened and caramelized, then created a thickened sauce with just a tablespoon of flour and a little bit of chicken broth. Worcestershire sauce tempered the sweetness of the apples and deepened the flavor of the sauce. To get the tender chops we wanted, 3/4-inch blade-cut pork chops were crucial. While they contain a bit more fat than other center-cut chops, they are the only chops that can handle hours of braising in the slow cooker without drying out. We covered the chops with the apple mixture, and as the apples and onion released their juices as they cooked, they braised the chops, adding deep flavor.