Table of Contents
  1. Why pair apples with pork?
  2. Do bone-in pork chops have to be used?
  3. Does allspice work well with cabbage?
  4. Watch how to make this cabbage and apples recipe
  5. Pork Chops with Cabbage and Apples Recipe

The combination of pork and apples is the first meal I think of during the fall. The pairing is traditional and is sometimes swapped out for applesauce.

Pork is a simple, savory meat and apples offset it with a slight sugary note. Fruit has the amazing ability to provide sweetness to a meal without making it seem like a dessert. The apples gain an almost savory quality, especially when mixed with cabbage.

To make this a one-skillet meal, the chops are brined first to ensure a well-seasoned and juicy meat. Once brined, they’re browned but not fully cooked. Onions and cabbage are cooked, pulling up any drippings left from the pork. Lastly, apples are added. The pork lays on top of the cabbage and apples and everything is finished in the oven, braising the cabbage and apples and finishing the pork perfectly.

Now that’s a great weeknight meal!

White plate filled slices of pork and a combination of red cabbage and apples with fork holding bite full
The combination of cabbage and apples is such a delicious mouthful!

Why pair apples with pork?

There are a lot of theories as to why these two are always paired together. One is that, in ancient times, the acidity of apples helped digest meats such as pork. Another is that farmers used to let pigs clean up the orchards of any fallen apples, thus associating the two.

The one I think is most true is that in the fall, when apples are usually ripe, farmers often begin butchering their meat and eventually put the two together.

Apples are a great fruit to cook with, but picking firm, crisp apples is important so that they hold up during the cook time. Adding the savory, slightly sweet allspice lifts the cabbage and brings the apples and cabbage into a perfect combination.

Do bone-in pork chops have to be used?

No, you can use boneless pork chops as well. Boneless will cook slightly quicker so be sure to watch closely. Leaving the bone on the pork chops helps retain moisture during the cooking time and gives slightly more flavor to the meat.

Top down view of cast iron skillet with red cabbage and apples underneath nestled pork chops with a crisp crust

Does allspice work well with cabbage?

Allspice usually seems like it’s reserved for apple pies and crisps. The spice is made from ground dry berries of Pimenta dioica trees and is related to cloves. The spice works surprisingly well in the marinade for the pork chops and in the cabbage and apples component of this dish. The slight hint of the warming spice marries together the various flavors and ingredients. When eating, you cannot place the fact that allspice is used, but you enjoy the warm spice flavor imparted in each bite.

Top down view of white plate filled with slices of pork with red cabbage and apples on the side

Watch how to make this cabbage and apples recipe

Top down view of black cast iron skillet sitting on white countertop with pork chops in the pan along with cabbage and apples

Pork Chops with Cabbage and Apples

4.25 from 12 votes
Is there anything that sounds more like fall than a combination of apples and cabbage? And when it's all cooked together in one skillet and topped with pork chops, could this be a better weeknight meal?
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Marinate Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 50 mins
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

For the pork chops

  • 4 6-oz bone-in pork chops
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • ¾ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • ¾ tsp black pepper

For the cabbage and apples

  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 lb cabbage sliced
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 large apples

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, combine the salt, garlic powder, onion powder, allspice, and black pepper. Mix together. Sprinkle on all sides of pork chops, using all the spice mixture. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
  • Once the pork chops have brined, remove them from the refrigerator and preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Over medium heat, add 1 tbsp neutral oil in a 12-inch oven-safe skillet. Brown the pork chops on both sides, 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  • In the same skillet add the sliced onions and salt to the remaining oil and pork drippings. Sauté until softened and slightly brown, 4-5 minutes. Deglaze the pan by adding the apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, allspice, and pepper. Add the sliced cabbage and cook until beginning softened and slightly reduce in volume, 4-5 minutes. Add the apples. Stir and add the pork chops on top.
  • Roast in the oven until the pork chops reach 155°F. Remove the skillet from the oven and allow the pork chops to rest for 10 minutes to finish cooking and reach a temperature of 160°F.
  • Slice off the bone of leave whole and serve with the cabbage and apples.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 442kcalCarbohydrates: 35.6gProtein: 53.7gFat: 9.9gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1.6gMonounsaturated Fat: 3.5gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 149.6mgSodium: 1036.5mgPotassium: 1395.3mgFiber: 8.2gSugar: 21.5gVitamin A: 134.1IUVitamin C: 136.6mgCalcium: 232.8mgIron: 3.9mg
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Difficulty Intermediate
Method Cooking

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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Another excellent video, and delicious Autumnal recipe! I truly enjoy your wonderful recipes and enthusiasm. Your demos are well planned, excellent organization, and the presentation is always attractive!

    I watch you on Facebook every chance I’m able. Much appreciation for inviting us into your kitchen, and garden. You inspire me to get back into the kitchen and try new dishes. You are delightful, truly a real treasure, and no doubt, you make your Mom so very proud sharing family recipes! Thank you Kaleb! Congratulations👏👏👏👏👏🥰

    1. 5 stars
      I am giving this a 5 star, although I have not cooked it yet. I love love love your recipes and how you use basic ingredients to make wonderful meals. I made your apple butter and will be making the kale squash salad today. This recipe here will be on the menu after I get the pork chops. I watch the Food Network all the time, and rarely actually make any of the meals as there are way to many ingredients, I am super basic. So I appreciate how you do your thing! Thanks bunches, you are a gem 💎.

  2. Ummmmmm…. Yesssssss! This recipe was so delicious! My 4 children LOVED it and my husband said it was one of the best pork chop meals he has ever had! I am a vegetarian, so I made some roasted garlic mashed potatoes and ate the cabbage/apple mix with it and it was perfection, so I can only imagine how good the pork was based on everyone’s reaction! This will be in rotation in my kitchen for sure! Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    I don’t have a meat thermometer. Approximately how long does it take for the pork chops to reach 155-160 degrees? Thanks. Can’t wait to make the pork chops with cabbage and apples. Love watching your videos.

  4. 5 stars
    Oh. My. Gumby. So delicious! I watched the video and knew I had to make it. I love trying new recipes, especially using healthy and seasonal ingredients! Love it!

  5. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious great on this cold rainy day. I did cut back a smidge on the salt. Bless you and your cooking skills,!!!