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Braised Pork and Red Cabbage

Tender, center cut pork chops and cabbage are braised in wine until they are combined into a perfect marriage of flavor.
Course dinner
Cuisine German/Eastern European
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6
Author Marye Audet

Ingredients

  • 6 boneless , center cut pork chops
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1/4 lb . bacon
  • 1/2 cup thickly sliced carrots
  • 1 cup sliced onion
  • 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • About 2 pounds of red cabbage , sliced
  • 2 cups tart applescut in chunks or slices , you can leave the skin on if you like
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 dried ancho pepper , seeded
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Cut the bacon into large pieces.
  • Season the pork chops on both sides with generous amounts of salt and pepper
  • Add the butter to your pan and let it get hot but not brown.
  • Cook the bacon, carrots and onion in the butter oven a slow heat. You want it to be done without being brown.
  • Add the cabbage leaves and mix well.
  • Braise for about 5 minutes or so.
  • Heat a frying pan with a little olive oil. Be sure to let it get hot. You'll want to hear a sizzle when you put in the pork chops.
  • Add the pork chops leaving at least a one inch space between them so they don't steam.
  • Let them get good and golden brown on one side and then flip them to the other side.
  • Cook until golden.
  • Add the cabbage mixture to your crockpot.
  • Mix in all the other ingredients except pork.
  • Lay the pork chops over the top.
  • Cook in a slow cooker for about 6 hours.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning.
  • Sprinkle with parsley before serving.

Notes

You can add the peeled garlic cloves whole when you put the rest of the ingredients in the crockpot. They'll cook right down. Be sure to take the bay leaves out and mash the garlic before serving!