Sheet Pan Pork Chops and Sweet Potatoes

  Nov 18, 2020  |  #Entrees

Sheet Pan Pork Chops and Sweet Potatoes is an easy sheet pan fall dinner made with delicious pork tenderloin with apples and sweet potatoes. 

pork chops and sweet potatoes onions and apples on sheet pan

This post is sponsored by NC SweetPotatoes. All opinions are my own. 

 

You’ve probably got the memo that we love sheet pan meals in this house. I mean, they’re so easy, how can you not? Like with this Italian chicken sausage sheet pan meal, this easy sheet pan fall dinner is a no brainer.

If I haven’t mentally planned for a meal, something like this pork chop recipe with sweet potatoes comes together quickly, like I mentioned in my recent postpartum check in

What I love most about sheet pan meals is the ease of preparation and clean up. Because let’s be honest – not one busy mamma wants to spend hours preparing a meal that the kids may or may not eat. And then on top of that, spend more time washing dishes.

During the fall season, especially, there just seems to be even less time since the light hours are limited. Can we just get rid of Daylight Savings Time already? I think you get the point – I’m not a fan. 

white plate with pork chops and sweet potatoes on yellow striped napkin

Which is why you need this sweet potato and pork chop sheet pan dinner. With apples too!

I love to incorporate apples into my fall recipes, whether it be baking, like in this apple pumpkin pie oatmeal, or even atop a burger, like in these turkey apple burgers

What You Need for A Pork Chop Sweet Potato Sheet Pan Dinner

Obviously, we LOVE sweet potatoes in this house. I probably have over 20 sweet potato recipes throughout this blog (if you haven’t looked, sweet potato pizza crust, sweet potato cookie dough and sweet potato turkey burgers are among my favorite). They are such a versatile food and are obviously GREAT for runners – for both pre and post workout nutrition

If you love pork chops or want a flavorful alternative to chicken, you must try this pork chop and sweet potato recipe. It will become your new favorite!

And remember what I said above? Minimal prep and clean up – a busy family’s dream. 

  • boneless pork loin chops (about 1 inch thick)
  • sweet potatoes
  • apple
  • onion
  • maple syrup
  • olive oil
  • spices of choice (see recipe below for my favorite combination)

clear mixing bowl with ingredients for sheet pan pork and sweet potatoes dinner

You could also easily add some other vegetables in this fall sheet pan dinner, like squash, brussel sprouts or parsnips. 

How To Prepare and Make Sheet Pan Pork Chops and Sweet Potatoes

If you don’t want the sweetness of maple syrup, you can leave that out. I love the flavor of baked maple pork chops so I chose to marinate mine in maple syrup for an hour before cooking to make easy maple glazed pork chops.

ziplock bag with maple glazed pork chops marinating

If you don’t have time to do this, just pour the syrup on before you toss it in the oven. It may be a little liquidy but you’ll still get some flavor. 

You’ll just chop the onion and apple and sweet potatoes and mix them in a bowl with the spices. 

Then, transfer them to a sheet pan (I love these) with the pork chops and bake! I like to turn everything half way through to allow for even cooking.

thick pork chops with fall medley of vegetables before cooking on sheet pan

I also love to broil everything for a few minutes at the end to crisp everything up a bit. It produces such a beautiful medley and colorful arrangement of fall flavors. 

Do You Need to Peel Sweet Potatoes Before Baking?

I get this question a lot and the answer is no! I never peel my sweet potatoes.

The skin of a sweet potato is actually where a large chunk of nutrition is! The sweet potato skin is full of Vitamin A. In fact, when eaten with the skin on, a medium sweet potato contains over 100% of the recommended daily amount of Vitamin A, helping with immune function, vision and even bone development. 

When eaten with the skin on, one medium sweetpotato contains over 100% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin A, which plays a role in vision, bone development and immune function. 

The skin also contains important fiber and antioxidants to support overall wellbeing. 

pork chops and sweet potatoes onions and apples on sheet pan

Can You Freeze Pork Tenderloin Sweet Potatoes and Apples?

Yes, you can. If you’re feeling motivated to cook a bunch of sheet pan meals at once, planning for maternity leave meals, or just have extra that you won’t eat, you can freeze this fall sheet pan dinner of pork chops with apples and sweet potatoes. 

According to the USDA, for the best quality, try to eat within 3 months. 

The flavor will diminish overtime so I would recommend the sooner the better!

 

Other Tips For This Easy Sheet Pan Meal

  • After cooking, make sure the pork is cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees. You can test this with a simple food thermometer
  • I love to broil everything for a minute or two after cooking so the veggies crisp up a bit. You may like them softer, this is a personal preference!
  • If you want to gather ingredients for a make ahead sheet pan dinner, you can chop up the ingredients ahead of time and add them all to a large ziplock bag with a little oil and spices to let them marinate. Place the pork chops with maple syrup in a separate bag. When ready to cook, lay everything out on your sheet pan. 
  • If your pork chops are thick, you may need to cook a little longer. You’ll know they are done when they reach 145 degrees. 
  • Other pork seasoning favorites – cinnamon and nutmeg, lemon and pepper, smoky BBQ, chili lime ginger

 

clear mixing bowl with veggies and spices for fall sheet pan dinner

If you love this recipe, you’ll also love these sheet pan meals: 

 

pork chops and sweet potatoes onions and apples on sheet pan

Sheet Pan Pork Chops and Sweet Potatoes

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Sheet Pan Pork Chops and Sweet Potatoes is an easy sheet pan fall dinner made with delicious pork tenderloin with apples and sweet potatoes.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless pork loin chops (about 1 inch thick)
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup, divided
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 large apple, diced (I used Honeycrisp)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp thyme

Instructions

  1. Put pork chops in ziplock bag and add maple syrup for marinade. Leave it in the fridge for 1-2 hours beforehand (if you don’t have time to do this, just pour the maple syrup over the pork on the sheet pan).
  2. Preheat oven to 425. Season pork chops with salt, pepper and place on sheet pan.
  3. Mix sweet potatoes, onion and diced apple in mixing bowl. Add olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic salt, thyme and remainder of maple syrup. Mix, and then transfer mixture to sheet pan.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes, tossing halfway through.

Notes

It is optional to marinate the pork chops beforehand. You can skip this step and instead, just brush the maple syrup over the pork chops before cooking.

Depending on the thickness of your pork chops, you may need to cook a little longer. Yours will be done when they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 355Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 208mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 4gSugar: 20gProtein: 24g

 

Don’t forget to leave a rating if you make the recipe and tag #bucketlisttummy on social media so I can see it!

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