Balsamic Pork Chops with Sweet Potatoes and Apples Paleo, Whole30


These paleo and Whole30 compliant balsamic pork chops are perfect with a side of roasted sweet potatoes, apples and onions.  Easy to make, great for weeknights and family approved!

My love for balsamic continues with these balsamic glazed pork chops!  Honestly, I’m typically not all that keen on pork chops, so when I make them they have to be pretty special.

And, well, this one made the cut!  The sweet/savory flavors in the pork chops and glaze pair so well with easy roasted sweet potatoes, apples and onions.

BAM!  Here we have it – an easy paleo dinner with tons of flavor and almost no work.  My kind of dinner, because I always find myself with almost no time or energy to cook on most weekdays!

There’s something about pork chops that call for a little sweetness, in my opinion.

My bacon wrapped pork tenderloin and teriyaki pork tenderloin both have some (Whole30 friendly) sweetness in the sauce, thanks to dates, and my pork chops with apples get lots of sweetness from the apples themselves and warm spices.

I decided to season the pork chops themselves with Primal Palate’s Amore seasoning blend, but you can use any compliant Italian seasoning you like.  The Italian seasoning lends a nice savory edge to all the sweetness from the balsamic.

For the balsamic, if you’re looking for one that’s Whole30 compliant, there are many to choose from – HOWEVER – all balsamic will say on the label “contains sulfites” or “naturally occurring sulfites”.

You might think that this means they’re no-go, BUT it’s fine to use them if you’re on Whole30 as long as there are no sulfites listed on the actual ingredient list (or added sugar, of course.)  I typically use an organic balsamic like this one, but you can use any as long as the ingredient list is Whole30 compliant.

Speaking of Whole30, you’ll see on the ingredient list that using honey is an option in the balsamic glaze, but this is only if you’re not currently doing the Whole30.

Honey does add a nice sweet flavor to the balsamic reduction, but, it’s not necessary.  To keep the recipe Whole30 compliant, you can sub the honey with date paste, OR leave it out entirely.

While the pork chops cook on the stovetop, you’ll be roasting the sweet potatoes, apples and onions in the oven.  Since apples get mushy when they’re in the oven for too long, they only go in for the last 10-15 minutes of roasting time.

I used a honeycrisp apple (everyone’s fave!) and they came out perfectly fork tender and sweet – just the way I love them.   A little bit of rosemary rounded out the flavors of the whole dish and makes everything smell that much more delicious!

I hope you’re ready for juicy pork chops packed with flavor!  Get your oven preheated and your skillet hot – let’s go!

Balsamic Pork Chops with Sweet Potatoes and Apples Paleo, Whole30

Balsamic Pork Chops with Sweet Potatoes and Apples Paleo, Whole30

These paleo and Whole30 compliant balsamic pork chops are perfect with a side of roasted sweet potatoes, apples and onions.  Easy to make, great for weeknights and family approved!

Ingredients

  • 4
    bone-in pork chops
  • Salt and pepper
  • Primal Palate Amore seasoning
    or any Italian seasoning blend
  • 2
    Tbsp
    ghee
  • 2/3
    cup
    balsamic vinegar
    Whole30 compliant
  • 1
    Tbsp
    raw honey
    omit for Whole30 – or use 1 Tbsp date paste
  • Fresh rosemary
    if desired
  • 1
    med
    sweet potato
    cut into 3/4” pieces
  • 1 1/2
    Tbsp
    melted coconut oil
    for roasting
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1
    large honeycrisp apple
    cut into 1” pieces
  • 1
    small red onion
    sliced

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and heat a large heavy skillet over med-hi heat, add the ghee to melt.

Pork Chops:

  1. Sprinkle pork chops with salt and pepper and Primal Palate Amore seasoning on both sides.

  2. Once skillet and ghee are sizzling, add pork chops and sear until toast brown on the first side (about 3-4 mins) then flip and repeat for second side. (They should be nearly cooked through at this point, adjust timing for thickness)

  3. Remove to a large plate and cover loosely with aluminum foil. Lower heat to medium/low and add balsamic and honey/date paste, if using, whisking. Raise heat to med and cook for 5 mins, until mixture is reduced and beginning to turn syrupy.

  4. Return pork chops to skillet and cook another 2-3 mins, flipping once to coat them in balsamic. Sprinkle with rosemary if using. Serve with sweet potato apple mixture, drizzling extra glaze over the top.

Sweet Potato/Apple Mix:

  1. Toss sweet potatoes with oil and arrange sweet potatoes on a large (nonstick) baking sheet (you can also line with parchment if desired), sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 25 mins, then stir/flip and add the apples and onions.

  2. Continue to roast another 15 mins or until apples and onions are soft and sweet potatoes are toasty. Serve with pork chops, with extra balsamic glaze if desired. Enjoy!

What I Used to Make My Balsamic Pork Chops with Sweet Potatoes and Apples:

Want More Whole30 and Paleo Dinner Recipes?  Try One of These!

Crispy Chicken with Creamy Mushroom Sauce

One-Skillet Pork Chops with Apples

Salisbury Steak Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs with Mashed Potatoes

Classic Shepherd’s Pie

Chicken Stir Fry with Veggies and Garlic Sauce

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