Pan-Seared Pork Chops with braised cabbage
The tart and naturally sweet flavors in braised cabbage are a nice counterpoint to the savory flavor of pan-seared pork.
Smarts: Adjust the heat of your skillet if needed so that you get a nice sear on the pork by the time it finishes cooking.
- Thyme, dried - 1 tsp
- Coriander, ground - 1 tsp
- Salt - 1 tsp
- Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
- Pork chops, boneless or bone-in - 4
- Chives (opt) - 1 Tbsp, chopped
- Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
- Sour cream - 1/3 cup (sub plain or Greek yogurt)
- Cabbage, red - 12 oz, thinly sliced
- Carrots - 5 oz, shredded (purchase pre-shredded carrots or use a box grater)
- Garlic - 4 cloves, chopped
- Apples, any type - 1, diced
- Butter - 1 1/2 Tbsp
- Vinegar, apple cider - 1 1/2 Tbsp
- Cabbage / Carrots / Garlic - Prep as directed. Combine cabbage and carrots in one container. Store garlic in its own container. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Pork Chops - Combine thyme, coriander, salt, and black pepper. Rub seasoning on both sides of pork chops. Tenderize with a fork. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
- Apples / Chives - Prep as directed. (Note: You can leave the peel on the apples as you chop them.)
- Heat a Dutch oven with butter over medium heat. When butter is melted, add garlic and apples. Saute until garlic is fragrant, ~2 minutes. Add cabbage and carrots with a pinch of salt. Continue cooking until cabbage is tender, 14 to 16 minutes, stirring frequently.
- While cabbage cooks, heat a large skillet with cooking oil over medium-high heat. Add pork chops and sear on each side for ~3 minutes. For thin pork chops, this should be enough heat to cook them through. If you’re using thicker pork chops, lower heat and cover with a piece of foil until pork reaches 145F / 63C degrees.
- Transfer pork to a cutting board and cover. Let rest for 5 minutes.
- When cabbage is tender, stir in vinegar. Taste and season with some salt and pepper.
- Slice pork and serve over cabbage with sour cream and chives on top. Enjoy!
This meal has 18 reviews
I really enjoyed this meal. I've never made braised cabbage, but I really liked the sweet and tart flavors!
We really loved the paleo version (with pork chops) exactly as written. We aren’t even sortof fussy eaters, we pretty much like everything :] This is going back on the menu for next week to use up the rest of our cabbage and pork chops!
I loved this because it was so easy. I think i am the only one who liked the cabbage but everyone had some.
I loved the sweet and sour flavors here! I made one batch of cabbage without apples and carrots for my keto hubby, and I have to say, I did like that batch better. I think I wasn’t fond of the carrot combined with the apple and cabbage. I loved everything else! My preferred peirogi cooking method is boiling followed by a quick sauté (keeping them moist, *and* browned), served with sour cream and apple sauce (leftover Thanksgiving apple quince butter in this case), and the braised cabbage and bacon was an awesome accompaniment and variation on our norm! Definitely saving!
Nobody really liked the cabbage side (I thought it was just okay and I'm one of the least picky eaters in the family) and the pierogies would have been a lot better sauted rather than baked as we did (or boiled as was the other suggestion). I also thought the bacon on top wasn't really necessary for the dish.
We love Pierogis. My crowd likes them with marinara but they did okay with this. I’m the only one who ate the cabbage.