Smothered Pork Chops With Apples, Onions and Cabbage

"A great recipe I saw being made on TV a couple of weeks ago that I had to try"
photo by Beverly C. photo by Beverly C.
photo by Beverly C.
Ready In:
2hrs 5mins




  • 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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  1. Beverly C.
    I'm another person who didn't have Calvados so used another cup of chicken broth instead. I used DIY Cajun Seasoning rather than Emeril's which worked great. Family says this recipe is a keeper so we'll be doing again.
  2. Maw Maws Favorite
    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.
  3. YaYa Sis
    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.
  4. Mustang Sally 54269
    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.



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