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Braised Pork Chops with Red Cabbage and Pears

Braised Pork Chops with Red Cabbage and PearsHearty, filling and inviting describes this fall and winter stovetop meal. Inspired by German flavors, the sweet-and-sour cabbage pair perfectly with braised chops and ripe pears. Add buttered egg noodles and rye bread to complete the meal. And, pour a meaty stout or ale alongside.

Recipe Ingredients:

6 pork chops, 1/2-inch thick
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried sage
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 slices smoked bacon, diced
4 cups coarsely shredded red cabbage
1 cup sliced onion
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 medium ripe pears, cored and sliced

Cooking Directions:

  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat; brown pork chops on one side, about 3 to 4 minutes; turn and sprinkle with salt, sage, thyme and pepper. Remove chops from skillet and set aside.
  2. Add bacon to skillet and cook just until crisp; add cabbage and onions. Cook and stir over medium heat 5 minutes; add 1/2 cup water, vinegar, brown sugar; mix well.
  3. Top with reserved pork chops, cooked side up; add sliced pears atop chops; cover and simmer 15 minutes.

Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): Calories 240 calories Protein 23 grams Fat 8 grams Sodium 480 milligrams Cholesterol 65 milligrams Saturated Fat 2 grams Carbohydrates 18 grams.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of National Pork Board.