Black walnuts are common in Missouri and have many, many uses. From savory to sweet, these nuts are delicious and nutritious. Seared pork chops, tangy apples, and a hint of brown sugar makes this dish one for the holiday table.

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Black Walnut Praline Pork Chops and Apples

Courtesy of Taste of the Ozarks Recipes


4 pork chops, approximately 1/2- to 3/4-inch thick
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup black walnuts
2 Granny Smith apples, cored and diced
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper


Season the pork chops with salt and pepper on both sides. In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, sear the pork chops on both sides; then turn down the heat to medium. Add the black walnuts to the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer until the pork chops are done, approximately 3-4 minutes.

Serves 4.

This recipe has been featured by Chef Jim Lekander on Taste of the Ozarks recipes on KY3 TV in Springfield, Missouri.

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Article originally published in the December/January 2017 issue of Missouri Life.