Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins
This is a Wolfgang Puck recipe that was printed in the latest Chicago Tribune Good Eating section. I haven't tried it yet and am posting so I can get this into my 'Pork Recipes' cookbook and throw this paper away. Sounds great and I can't wait to try it.
- 4 center-cut pork chops, about 1 inch thick each
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
- fresh ground pepper, to taste
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 3⁄4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1⁄3 cup dry sherry
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can chicken broth
- 4 slices lean bacon, cut crosswise into 1/4 inch pieces
- 1⁄2 small cabbage, cut into thin strips
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1⁄2 plum tomato, seeded,chopped
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh chives
- Season both sides of the chops with a 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper to taste; melt half of the butter and the oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat; add the chops and cook until slightly pink inside, about 5 minutes per side.
- Transfer the chops to a heated platter; discard the excess fat from the pan and add 1/2 cup of the vinegar and the sherry, stirring and scraping the pan to deglaze; add the chicken broth and heat to a boil over medium heat; cook until the sauce has reduced and thickened slightly, about 10 minutes; remove from the heat and keep warm.
- Meanwhile, cook the bacon until crisp in a separate skillet over medium heat; discard all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat; add the remaining vinegar, stirring and scraping to deglaze the pan; add the cabbage and increase the heat to high; cook, stirring, until heated through and wilted, about 5 minutes; season with remaining 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and more pepper to taste.
- Return the pan of sauce to medium heat; whisk in the mustard and the remaining butter; divide the cabbage/bacon mixture among 4 serving plates and place a pork chop on each bed of cabbage; spoon the sauce around and over each chop.
- Garnish with chopped tomatoes and sprinkle with the chives.
This was a very tasty dish, although somewhat time intensive. Since I cook only for myself and husband, often have 1/2 of cabbage head left-this was a great way to use it!
Don't wait any longer to try this! It is not only beautiful to look at but delightful to eat! Truly a company-worthy dish but easy enough to put together after work. The presentation alone will impress your guests! I followed recipe exactly except used 2 pork chops. Hubby and I ate it all so you may want to double the cabbage bed or accompany this with a side dish if you are serving 4. Delicious!