In this healthy oven-baked pork chop recipe, roasted apples and leeks lend a sweet-and-tart note. If you always chop the dark green tops off your leeks, don't discard them this time--they have a delicious flavor and become meltingly tender when roasted.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2014

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 425 degrees F. Coat 2 large rimmed baking sheets with cooking spray.

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  • Combine apples, leeks, 2 tablespoons oil and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a large bowl. Spread onto one prepared baking sheet. (Reserve the bowl.) Roast on the lower rack, stirring once or twice, until the apples are tender and the leeks are wilted, 20 to 25 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, combine curry powder, the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a small bowl. Spread the mixture on both sides of pork chops and let stand until the apple mixture is almost done.

  • Leaving the apple mixture in the oven, turn the broiler on high. Place the pork chops on the second baking sheet and broil on the upper rack until an instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into a chop without touching bone registers 145 degrees F, 4 to 6 minutes.

  • Combine vinegar and brown sugar in the large bowl. Add the apple mixture and toss to combine. Serve with the pork chops.

Tips

Clean leeks well to be sure they're grit-free: After slicing, place in a bowl filled with water and swish around to release any sand or soil trapped between the layers. Scoop the leeks out of the bowl with a slotted spoon, leaving any sand or soil behind in the bowl. Drain well. Repeat as needed.

Easy cleanup: Recipes that require cooking spray can leave behind a sticky residue that can be hard to clean. To save time and keep your baking sheet looking fresh, line it with a layer of foil before you apply the cooking spray.

Nutrition Facts

429 calories; protein 32.9g 66% DV; carbohydrates 30.7g 10% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiber 5.3g 21% DV; sugars 21.6g; fat 19.8g 30% DV; saturated fat 4.1g 21% DV; cholesterol 100mg 33% DV; vitamin a iu 463.1IU 9% DV; vitamin c 10.4mg 17% DV; folate 20.2mcg 5% DV; calcium 63mg 6% DV; iron 2mg 11% DV; magnesium 50.4mg 18% DV; potassium 671.6mg 19% DV; sodium 365.5mg 15% DV; thiamin 0.8mg 79% DV; added sugar 3g.

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Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2014
Easy to make dinner. Quick to make. Easy cleanup just 2 trays. My boyfriend loved it and he's a picky eater. The pork was juicy and had nice flavor not to much curry taste. The leeks and apples were very good too. Pros: Easy to make Cons: Having to rinse the leeks several times Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2015
Elegantly Easy! This dish has become a weeknight favorite for my husband and me. Yet it is so elegant that we have served it to friends who rave about the flavor of fall. Highly recommend for the ease of cooking and sweet and savory taste of spices. Pros: Very easy yet delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2017
Followed the recipe and it's delicious and so easy! I initially tried it because I'm trying to watch my sodium but it's still very tasty even with just a little salt. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2014
Perfect Fall Meal This was an awesome fall recipe. It was super easy and well paired. Curry was just the right spice to match the sweetness of the apples. I'll be making this again soon! Pros: Great flavor easy to make Read More