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Pork Chops with Cider Glaze

Pork Chops with Cider Glaze

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
If you have the time, brine the pork chops overnight. It is an easy process that makes for exceptionally flavorful meat. In a large bowl, combine 4 cups apple cider, 3 cups water, 1/2 cup salt, 5 peppercorns and 2 cinnamon sticks. Immerse the chops in the liquid, cover, and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or up to overnight.

Ingredients:

  • 4 bone-in, center-cut pork loin chops, each about 3/4 inch thick
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 head red cabbage, halved, cored and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 1/2 cups apple cider or apple juice
  • 1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. fresh thyme leaves

Directions:

Brown the pork chops
Season the pork chops generously with salt and pepper. In a large fry pan over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil. Add the pork chops and cook, turning once, until golden, about 5 minutes total. Transfer to a plate.

Add the cabbage to the pan and cook, stirring, until softened, 3 to 4 minutes.

Make the glaze
Increase the heat to high, pour the cider and vinegar over the cabbage, and boil until the liquid is reduced to about 1 cup, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in the thyme.

Finish the pork
Return the pork chops and any accumulated juices to the pan and spoon the glaze over them. Cover, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer until the pork is tender and barely pink inside, about 5 minutes.

Arrange the cabbage and pork chops on a platter, top with the glaze and serve immediately. Serves 4.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Food Made Fast Series, One Pot, by Carrolyn Carreño (Oxmoor House, 2008).