Smothered Pork Chops with Apples, Onions and Cabbage

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 2 hr 5 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 50 min
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Ingredients

1/2 cup olive oil

2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into thick wedges

2 cups thinly sliced onions

3 pounds savoy or napa cabbage (1 head)

1 cup chicken stock

4 double cut pork chops

2 teaspoons Essence, recipe follows

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup Calvados

1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds

2 bay leaves

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon freshly chopped thyme leaves

1 teaspoon freshly chopped marjoram

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

Directions

  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.

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):

  1. Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
  2. Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch, published by William Morrow, 1993.