Smothered Pork Chops With Apples, Onions and Cabbage
photo by Beverly C.
- Ready In:
- 2hrs 5mins
- 4 double cut pork chops
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 cup olive oil
- 2 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into thick wedges
- 2 cups thinly sliced onions
- 3 lbs savoy cabbage (1 head) or 3 lbs napa cabbage (1 head)
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 cup calvados
- 1⁄2 teaspoon caraway seed
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon freshly chopped thyme leaves
- 1 teaspoon freshly chopped marjoram
- Season both sides of the pork chops with the Essence and kosher salt. Lightly dredge in the flour.
- 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.
- 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.
- Serve the pork chops with the cabbage and pan juices.
Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
- 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
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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.
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.