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Pork Chops with Braised Red Cabbage

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My mom's been making a version of "pork chops and purple cabbage" my entire life and we always looked forward to eating it. I was thrilled to come across this recipe in Cook's Illustrated's Best Skillet Recipes Cookbook that I could serve my family and not spend all day cooking like she did. 

The pork chops get nice and browned before settling into a warm bed of red cabbage cooked in apple cider, grated apple, onions, bacon, brown sugar, and herbs, letting all the flavors meld and the cabbage gets nice and tender, while the pork stays juicy. Finished with some apple cider vinegar to add some sour to the sweet, this skillet meal is one of our family's favorites. 

Are pork chops and purple cabbage in your future? I certainly hope so, enjoy!

Serves 4

Recipe from the Cook's Illustrated's Best Skillet Recipes Cookbook
 
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Step 1: Gather and prepare ingredients

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You'll need:

12-inch skillet with a tight-fitting lid

4 (8-ounce) boneless pork center-cut or loin chops, 1 inch thick, trimmed and brined if desired
Salt and ground black pepper
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium onion, halved and sliced thin
1 small head red cabbage (about 1 ½ pounds), shredded fine (about 6 cups, I used the grating disc on my food processor) 
1 cup apple cider (I've also used hard cider with good results) 
2 slices bacon
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and grated (I had a Gala on hand, I most often use Granny Smiths. If you grate the apple and put it into the apple cider it will prevent the apple from browning before cooking.) 
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 bay leaves
1 ½ teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves
2 tablespoons cider vinegar (I usually use 2 ½ or 3 Tbsp. for a little more tang)

Looks delicious. I'll have to try it sometime. Thanks for instructable!

bobcatsteph3 (author)  veruca_salt8909 months ago

Thanks for your comment, I had to make this again last week, after posting the Instructable I couldn't get it out of my mind!

skylane10 months ago

Sounds great!!!

But...

Purple cabage... right?

bobcatsteph3 (author)  skylane10 months ago

Agreed! ;-)

metqa skylane10 months ago

No, it's actually called RED cabbage, despite being purple in color, but if you add lemon juice to it, it turns a bright magenta. Just like blueberries are not blue but deep purple and Red onions are more purple than red, sometimes naming conventions don't make sense. Though it's interesting that the purple potatoes are called blue rather than red, I guess because there is already one called red potato that is actually red in color, haha!

Wow! Me likey the presentation. You have serious artistic talent. Love the photos. Hang in there. Gyro.

bobcatsteph3 (author)  GyroGearLoose4710 months ago

Thanks for your post, it's very appreciated.