Before everyone becomes completely focused on turkey, here’s a delicious meal that’s a fall favorite of mine. Thick cut, juicy pork chops marinated in garlic and thyme, pan-seared to a nice golden color and then roasted in the oven. Served on top of an insanely creamy (we’re talking heavy cream) cabbage and apples dish and sprinkled with crispy pieces of bacon.
This Pork Chops with Creamy Cabbage and Apples recipe is fall comfort food at its best. The cabbage is rich, a little sweet from the apple, and a little tangy from the Dijon mustard. Together it’s a whole lot of good.
Pork is a favorite of mine to cook year round, but in the fall I really find myself cooking it again and again. It goes so well with fall flavors, especially cabbage and apples.
The recipe calls for marinating the pork with the thyme and garlic for 24 hours, but it’s ok if you forget to get it going the day before. Do it in the morning and it should pick up plenty of flavor from the garlic and thyme. That is what I ended up doing.
I actually only cooked 2 pork chops because they were so huge. It doesn’t make very good presentation to cut a pork chop up to serve 2 people, but for a family dinner at home, who cares? Leftovers hardly ever get eaten in our house unless I eat them for lunch so I try not to have any extra.
Pork Chops with Creamy Cabbage and Apples
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 thyme sprigs
- 1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped
- Four 12-ounce bone-in pork-loin chops
- 3 thick slices applewood-smoked bacon, diced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 small head green cabbage, chopped
- 1 Granny Smith apple- peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- In a large, shallow dish combine 1/4 cup olive oil, thyme sprigs, and garlic. Add pork chops and turn to coat. Refrigerate overnight.
- Cook bacon in a large skillet until browned. Remove bacon and set aside. Discard all but 1/2 tablespoon of bacon grease.
- Add butter and cabbage to skillet, cover and cook for about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add apple and vinegar, cover and cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Apple should be tender.
- Stir in mustard and cream and simmer uncovered until the cream has thickened, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and keep warm.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large ovenproof skillet until shimmering.
- Remove pork from marinade, discarding thyme sprigs and scraping off garlic. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste and place in the hot skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until nicely browned, about 3 minutes per side.
- Place skillet in oven and cook for about 12 minutes, until just slightly pink in center.
- To serve, place cabbage on a plate, sprinkle with bacon, and top with pork chop.
Recipe Source: adapted from Food and Wine