Cooking Dinner with Ellie

Why not upset the apple cart? If you don’t, the apples will rot anyway.
Frank A. Clark

Apple and Cabbage slaw

I have made many of Ellie Krieger’s recipes and tonight a pork chop and slaw dinner perfect for our glorious fall weather and great fall apple time.

For some strange reason we keep trying to get some fresh sage at our local store and the sage is forever in sad sorry condition and not worth wasting the money on so I had to use dried again and the best part is that the use of dried sage is mentioned in the recipe and you need not worry about how much dried equals a fresh herb.  Another change was using savoy cabbage and a bit more garlic…
Pork Chops and slaw

Sage Pork Chops with Apple and Cabbage Slaw

4 teaspoons chopped fresh sage or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried
1/2 half teaspoons garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt, divided
Freshly ground black pepper
4 (3/4-inch) bone-in pork loin chops
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 large Granny Smith apple, cut in 1/2, cored and sliced
1/2 head green or savoy cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
3 large carrots, julienned
2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth

Combine the 3 teaspoons of the fresh sage or 1 teaspoon dried, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and a few grinds of fresh pepper. Rub this mixture all over the pork chops and let the chops sit at room temperature for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, thinly slice the onion, apple and cabbage and julienne the carrots.

Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a large nonstick frying pan until hot but not smoking. Add the chops and brown on both sides, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Remove.

Carefully wipe out the pan. Heat the remaining teaspoon oil over moderate heat and add the onion, apples and remaining teaspoon fresh sage or 1/2 teaspoon dried. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is soft and golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the cabbage, carrots, vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon salt and continue cooking until the cabbage and carrots begin to soften, about 4-5 minutes. Add chicken broth and return chops to the pan and nestle them into the vegetables.  Cover and cook just until the pork chops are just slightly blush in the center, 5 to 7 minutes longer.

To serve, arrange the slaw on plates and top with a pork chop and pan juices.