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Pan-Seared Pork Chops
with braised cabbage

Active: 35 min Total: 35 min
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.


Pan-Seared Pork Chops:
  • 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)
Braised Cabbage with Apples and Carrots:
  • 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


  1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. Apples / Chives - Prep as directed. (Note: You can leave the peel on the apples as you chop them.)

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Transfer pork to a cutting board and cover. Let rest for 5 minutes.
  4. When cabbage is tender, stir in vinegar. Taste and season with some salt and pepper.
  5. Slice pork and serve over cabbage with sour cream and chives on top. Enjoy!



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