Saturday, October 15, 2022

Smothered Cabbage with Pork Chops

Pork steaks or chops, seared in oil and placed over caramelized onions tossed with cabbage, covered and smothered down with a little chicken stock.

Smothered Cabbage with Pork Chops

I love cabbage and I love it all kinds of ways, though honestly, I make it most often smothered or fried.

Seasoning meats usually center around bacon, salt pork or fatback for those two. Most often, when it's smothered, its usually salt pork or fatback. For fried, bacon is king and the cabbage is also often finished with a deeper caramelization.

Honestly you can completely change the flavor profile of your cabbage dish depending on the seasoning meat you use. Smoked sausage - kielbasa, smoked sausage and andouille - are also excellent candidates with cabbage.

Pork chops and ribs are two other options!
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For this recipe, I used some pork steaks, though pretty much any pork chop will work well, though I don't favor an un-brined, super lean, boneless chop, that is so popular today. Because the pork is used here as a seasoning, you really need some fat for flavoring.

Here's how to make my Smothered Cabbage with Pork Chops,

Heat oil in a deep, lidded skillet over medium high heat. Season chops on both sides with salt and pepper to taste. My husband, aka The Cajun, isn't super hip on cabbage, so I'm making a half recipe and just doing one pork steak with half a head of cabbage.

Brown in hot oil on both sides, remove and set aside. 

Add chopped onions to drippings.

Cook until softened and lightly browned.

Chop cabbage.

Deglaze pan with chicken broth, then add chopped cabbage and toss.

Place pork chops on top of the cabbage, reduce heat to medium low, cover and simmer, stirring often and breaking up pork chops as they become tender. Cook until pork chops are cooked through, cabbage is wilted down and reaches desired texture, about 45 minutes.

Taste, adjust for salt and pepper as needed.

Make this a main dish meal by increasing the number of pork chops and prepare as above, except place pork chops on top and transfer skillet to a preheated 350-degree F oven, baking uncovered for about 20 minutes, without stirring.

For more of my favorite cabbage recipes, check out my Pinterest page!

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