- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon thyme leaves
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- Four 1-inch-thick pork loin chops (8 to 10 ounces each)
- 20 small dried morels (about 1 1/2 ounces)
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 Granny Smith apples—peeled, cored and cut into 8 wedges each
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 3/4 cup Madeira
- 1/4 cup brandy
- 1 cup chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
Combine the oil, thyme and garlic on a large plate. Add the pork chops and turn to coat in the seasoned oil. Let stand at room temperature for 2 hours.
Meanwhile, cover the dried morels with warm water and let soak until softened, about 20 minutes. Drain, rinse under running water and pat dry.
Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large skillet. Add the apples, sprinkle with the sugar and cook over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until tender and caramelized, about 20 minutes. Transfer the apples to a plate.
Return the skillet to high heat, add the Madeira and brandy and cook until reduced by half. Add the morels and chicken stock and cook until the stock is reduced by half, about 7 minutes. Stir in the apples and remove from the heat.
Preheat the oven to 375°. Heat a large ovenproof skillet until almost smoking. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper and cook over moderately high heat until deep golden and crusty, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn the pork chops, transfer the skillet to the oven and roast the chops for about 6 minutes, or until cooked through. Transfer to a platter.
Set the skillet over high heat. Add the apple and morel sauce and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until slightly reduced, about 2 minutes. Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and season with salt and pepper. Set the pork chops on 4 large plates, spoon the apple and morel sauce on top and serve.