Smothered Pork Chops With Apples, Onions and Cabbage

Total Time
2hrs 5mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 50 mins

A great recipe I saw being made on TV a couple of weeks ago that I had to try

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Season both sides of the pork chops with the Essence and kosher salt. Lightly dredge in the flour.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven or heavy pot over high heat. Add the pork chops 2 at a time, and cook until lightly browned, about 2 minutes per side. Remove the pork chops and transfer to a platter. Repeat with the remaining pork chops and set aside.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium-high, and add the apples and onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples and onions are golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the cabbage and cook, stirring, until wilted, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chicken stock, Calvados, caraway seeds, bay leaves, salt, pepper and herbs. Cook uncovered until sauce comes to a boil. Add the pork chops, cover, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the pork chops are fork-tender, about 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Serve the pork chops with the cabbage and pan juices.
  5. Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
  6. 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  7. 2 tablespoons salt
  8. 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  9. 1 tablespoon black pepper
  10. 1 tablespoon onion powder
  11. 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  12. 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  13. 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  14. Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
Most Helpful

One of the BEST recipes I've tried from this website. Didn't have the Calvados so I used 2 cups of organic apple juice and boiled it down to a cup. Didn't have time to fool with Emeril's so I used Tony Cachere's.

Maw Maw's Favorite January 20, 2014

Wonderful! Didn't have Calvados so used regular Brandy and it was still excellent so I can't wait to try the real thing. Used 1/2 bag of cabbage slaw, one large onion and 1 apple since that is all I had. I too use Essence regularly, which gives the kick in flavor you need in this recipe. Hubby always rates new recipes if they are company worthy. This was a definite keeper. Thanks for sharing.

YaYa Sis May 18, 2009

We really enjoyed this recipe. I like to try different recipes/ingredients and this one worked nicely. I didn't have calvados so I substituted with brandy & 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar. I cut the cabbage by 4 oz and still found it to be too much. Next time I'll cut back more & alittle on the stock/brandy also. Essence spice is a regular in our cupboards & I enjoy using it.

Mustang Sally 54269 January 21, 2009