Pork Chops with Apples and Onions
Pork Chops w Apples and Onions_Red Cabbage

Found this recipe while I was going through the latest Penzys catalogue. It is perfect for autumn/winter and pretty quick to prepare. I didn’t use the Bavarian seasoning in the original recipe and it was fine.

4 bone-in pork chops, 3/4-1-inch thick
1 TB. fresh sage (or 1 tsp. rubbed sage)
salt, to taste
ground pepper, to taste
1 TB. olive oil
2 TB. unsalted butter
1 large white onion, sliced
3-4 apples, cored and sliced
1 cup fresh apple cider

Rub sage, salt and pepper on both sides of pork chops. Heat a cast iron skillet over high heat and add the olive oil. Sear the pork chops on both sides until good and brown (about 5 minutes per side). Remove the chops.

Add the butter, onions and apples to the skillet and sauté until the onions are caramelized and the mixture has thickened, 15 minutes or so. Stir in the fresh cider and return the pork chops to the skillet. Cook for about 10-15 more minutes, turning the chops halfway through. Serve pork chops with a big scoop of apples and onions.

Braised Red Cabbage

I love red cabbage and have posted a similar recipe before with pork tenderloin, but this recipe from Martha Stewart is just for red cabbage and it is delicious!

4 ounces bacon (about 4 slices), cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 head red cabbage (2 1/4 pounds), halved, cored, and cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup dry red wine
3/4 cup water
2 tablespoons dark-brown sugar
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tart apple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

Cook bacon in a large pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until fat renders and bacon is crisp, about 8 minutes. Add onion, and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add cabbage, vinegar, wine, water, sugar, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt; stir to combine. Raise heat to medium-high, cover, and cook 5 minutes.

Reduce heat to medium-low, and continue to cook, covered, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes. Stir apple into cabbage, and cook, covered, until cabbage and apples are tender, 25 to 35 minutes. Season with pepper.