Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Apple Cider Pork Chops with Grilled Purple Cabbage

I make no secret about it: I love pork chops and have ever since I was a little kid. Back in the day we had pork chops about twice a month and my mom would always prepare them in one of two ways: in the frying pan, served with mashed potatoes and creamed corn, or baked in the oven with cream of mushroom soup.

As yumm and totally comforting as those dishes were, I've discovered many new ways to enjoy pork chops in my adult years and perhaps my favorite combination of all, is the combination of pork chops and apple sauce (ain't that swell?) - and if you got that reference, I will know you were a child of the 70's just like me.

So today I've taken pork chops to whole new levels of delicious by marinating them first in a seasonal apple cider recipe that I adapted from Rachel Ray and serving them with grilled purple cabbage and apple sauce.

 Loaded with vitamin K, vitamin C, and associated with cancer prevention, purple cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable like broccoli and cauliflower and is considered to be one of the world's super foods. Further to that, nutritionists recommend eating from this family of vegetables at least three times a week to get their maximum health benefits, so why not add grilled cabbage to your rotation?

It's not only great for you, it gets all crispy and tender, and incredible on a grill and goes perfectly with pork chops and apple sauce (ain't that swell?)

And the pork chops! I have to say, every time I try a Rachel Ray recipe I'm not disappointed and I wasn't disappointed with this. The only tweak I made was to add a couple cloves of minced garlic because I love that flavor.

The chops sat in the marinade over night and came out tender and juicy on the grill with the essence of apple cider, citrus, and thyme in every bite. These were the kinds of chops you go barbarian on and gnaw right down to the bone. And don't forget the apple sauce! It really makes the dish come together.

This seasonal dinner just screams lazy evenings in early August and I hope you try it. If you do, let me know! As well, be sure to subscribe, follow this blog, and follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Youtube.

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Grilled Cabbage
Apple Cider Pork Chops

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Grilled Cabbage
  • 1 head cabbage
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • coarse sea salt
  • coarsely ground black pepper
  1. Remove the outer peel from the cabbage and then slice into 1/2 inch "steaks"
  2. Brush each side generously with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle each side with salt and pepper. (about 1/4 tsp per steak)
  3. Place directly onto the grill over medium low heat and grill for about 10 minutes until the underside is brown and crispy.
  4. Using a spatula, flip over. If you lose some leaves, don't worry, just continue to cook them until crispy and then remove (the crispy parts are the best!!) Cook the steaks 5-7 more minutes until tender and crispy.

Apple Cider Marinade - Recipe adapted from Rachel Ray
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh thyme leaves
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oi
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 pounds your favorite cut of meat, such as chicken breast or pork chops
  1. In a large re-sealable plastic bag or a shallow casserole dish, combine the cider, lemon zest and juice, mustard, thyme, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Add the meat to the marinade and refrigerate at least 6 hours, or up to overnight. Cook and prepare the meat to your liking.
**Note, if making the pork chops and cabbage, serve with large dollops of apple sauce!**

Lyndsay Wells is a professional trainer, writer, and program developer with a passion for food and cooking. She is an award winning recipe developer, a former website ambassador for Kraft Foods Canada, the $20,000.00 winner of the online competition "The Real Women of Philadelphia" and a finalist on the Food Network Canada show Recipe to Riches. Lyndsay believes cooking should be approachable and easy and has great tips and ideas for putting together sophisticated looking dishes that cooks of all levels can accomplish.    

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