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Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman

Pork Chops with Apples and Pancetta

by Giada De Laurentiis
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman

Pork Chops with Apples and Pancetta

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One pan, done in a half an hour, tons of rich flavor - this weeknight meal has it all. Apples give the sauce so much amazing fall flavor! If you don't have brandy on hand, you can replace with more apple juice or some chicken stock.

Pork Chops with Apples and Pancetta


Pork Chops with Apples and Pancetta



Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

25 minutes




Giada De Laurentiis

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  • 5 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 ounces thinly sliced pancetta (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 large Golden Delicious apples (peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices (about 3 cups))
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Four 8-ounce bone-in center-cut pork chops (each about 3/4-inch thick)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 medium onion (finely diced)


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 teaspoons of the oil over medium-high heat. Add the pancetta and cook until crisp and light golden, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the pancetta and drain on paper towels.
  2. Melt the butter in the same skillet. Add the apples and sprinkle with the sugar and cook until tender and deep golden brown, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Transfer the apples and any juices from skillet to a small bowl.
  3. Sprinkle the pork chops with 1 teaspoon of the salt and 3/4 teaspoon of the pepper. Add the pork chops and 2 teaspoons of the oil into the same skillet and brown for 2 minutes per side.
  4. Transfer the chops to a plate and cover to keep warm.
  5. Add the remaining teaspoon of oil, cream, brandy, apple juice, thyme and onions to the same skillet and bring to a simmer. Return the apples and pork chops back into the pan and simmer until cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes. Season the sauce with the remaining salt and pepper.
  6. Garnish with the reserved pancetta bits.



Nutrition Serving Size
per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
21 grams
40 grams
43 grams
Saturated Fat
17 grams
173 milligrams
855 milligrams
3 grams
15 grams
Trans Fat
1 grams
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2 reviews & comments

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    Bill Friggle - Jun 09

    This is the best thing I have ever made. With the exception of smoked meat. They are a class all their own. But this is so delicious. I did not have brandy or apple juice. But my daughter had left me a partial bottle of Winter Jack. Jack Daniels Tennessee Cider. It worked just fine. Not sure how different it would be with the brandy and apple juice. But the Winter Jack worked wonderfully. I will make this again. Thanks for sharing this with us Giada. You are amazing.

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    Matteo Dimita - Jun 09

    Too greasy…..but I pour off the fat before adding the next bit of butter and then after the apples are done, pour off and add for the browning of the chops……Great dish!

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