Apple Bacon Pork Chops with Mashed Potatoes and Asparagus

Apple Bacon Pork Chops with Mashed Potatoes and Asparagus 4.87/5 (15 votes)

This is a winning combination if there ever was one! Sweet apples and savory bacon over a tender pork chop. Served with creamy mashed potatoes and simple asparagus. Oh my! Invite your friends. This one's worth sharing!

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes



  • 1 1/2 pounds potato
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk, approximately
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste


  1. Peel and chop potatoes into 1-2" cubes.
  2. Boil until tender. Test by poking with a fork.
  3. Drain and return to pot. Let sit for a couple of minutes so some of the moisture can steam away.
  4. Add butter and milk and mash with a potato masher.
  5. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 208g (based on 4 servings) Calories 184 Fat 6.5 Carbs 28 Fiber 4 Protein 4.

Pork Chops with Apple Bacon Relish



  • 1 lb pork chops
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup Honey Crisp apple, cut into 1/2” pieces
  • 1/4 cup bacon, uncooked chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Season pork chops with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat 1 T olive oil in a large skillet or cast iron grill pan over medium high heat.
  3. Cook chops 3-4 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the chops, or until cooked through.
  4. While chops are cooking, heat 1T olive oil in another skillet over medium high heat.
  5. When the oil begins to shimmer, add apples, bacon, red onion, and salt. Cook 6-8 minutes or until bacon is crisp and apples are tender.
  6. Add balsamic and sugar and simmer until vinegar is reduced by about half.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in butter.
  8. Plate chops and spoon relish on top.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 189g Calories 349 Fat 20 Sat Fat 7 Sodium 617 Carbs 5 Sugars 4 Fiber 1 Protein 33.




  • 1 lb asparagus, trimmed
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste


  1. Place asparagus in a pot and cover in water.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, and cook for 2-3 minutes or until fork tender.
  3. Remove from water, season with salt and pepper, and serve immediately.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 113g Calories 23 Fat .1 Carbs 4.4 Fiber 2.4 Protein 2.5.


KID NOTE: The kids were not big fans of the apple bacon relish.

VEGETARIAN TIP: Substitute seared tofu for the pork chops.

GLUTEN MODIFICATIONS: Gluten free as written.


  1. Francine says:

    Does the apple bacon relish work without the bacon? If not, what might you suggest instead? Thanks so much.

    • sstabenow says:

      You could use pancetta or ham or any other salty meat, but if you’re looking to avoid the meat altogether, just sauté the the remaining ingredients in a little olive oil and don’t worry about replacing it with anything.

  2. pdxrain says:

    It’s awesome! I live alone, so I make your recipes and take them to lunch all week. This was an amazing one. I didn’t have the right potatoes to make mashed potatoes though. Just little ones. So I made crashed potatoes with it instead. They were a delicious combo.

  3. smartcordlessed says:

    Came out great, added to favorites.

  4. agnieszka1221 says:

    The apple/bacon relish was awesome! It went so well with the pork chops and I don’t even like apples. Kids like the bacon the most 😉

  5. wheetree says:

    Used regular (brown) basalmic. It didn’t look as pretty but it sure tasted and smelled wonderful.

  6. vnottage says:

    White balsamic makes a difference. This meal was so yummy we were fighting over the leftovers.

  7. Rachie3879 says:

    The apple bacon relish is so good. My husband wants us to try it on burgers…soon!

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