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The Pork Chops You Just Sear, Simmer and Sauce
For busy weeknights when braising (which is basically frying, then slowly stewing) isn't in the cards, quick braising is a terrific variation. The technique works well in a skillet, especially with pork chops. A sizzling-hot pan browns the meat, helping to give it richness, then you finish the dish by adding stock and letting it simmer with the lid on, so the moisture keeps the pork tender and juicy. You can make the recipe with apples and onions, just onions or onions and peppers or mushrooms, depending on whether your tastes veer sweet or savory.

Get the recipe: Skillet Pork Chops with Apples