Braised cabbage with pork

Braised cabbage with pork

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 10 mins


Serves 4
Cook cabbage in cider, with juniper and caraway, top with pan-fried spare rib pork chops and bake for a warming, hearty supper

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal624
  • fat41g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs20g
  • sugars19g
  • fibre7g
  • protein32g
  • salt1g
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  • 1 large onion



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 50g pork dripping or lard
  • 750g white cabbage
  • 1 medium cooking apple (about 200g)
  • 1 tsp juniper berries
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds
  • 500ml dry cider



    Cider is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented juice of apples. Apple orchards were…

  • 4 pork chops (each weighing about 200g)
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • mashed potatoes, to serve



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…


  1. Finely slice the onion and put it and the dripping in a heavy-based, flameproof casserole dish. Fry the onion over a medium heat, stirring frequently, for about 5 mins.

  2. Cut the core from the cabbage and finely slice the leaves. Add this to the dish and toss everything together, cooking over a low heat while you peel and slice the apple.

  3. Crush the juniper and caraway seeds together and add these and the apple slices to the pan. Season and pour in the cider. Stir well and bring to a simmer, cover the dish and cook for 20 mins.

  4. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 4. Season the chops on both sides. Heat a heavy-based frying pan on a medium-high heat with the oil and brown the chops on both sides. Remove from the pan and place in the casserole dish on top of the cabbage, adding the stock cube, crumbling it over. Put the lid back on and cook in the oven for a further 30 mins. If there is a lot of liquid in the dish, place on the hob and simmer until it evaporates a little. Check the seasoning and serve with mashed potato.

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Minoo's picture
14th Feb, 2016
We weren't that taken with this recipe; the cabbage ended up slightly bitter (perhaps due to the juniper?) You also need a massive oven proof casserole, which we lacked. I improvised by putting the cabbage and pork in a Pyrex dish and covering the top with foil.
Gadget lady
5th Mar, 2015
Looking through the February issue wanting to do something different go with pork chops. so tried this very good flavours I cooked if for the time stated was just right. will certainly be doing it again. Might try it with lamb chops
Gadget lady
5th Mar, 2015
Looking through the February issue and wanting some thing different to do with pork chops I found this recipe cooked for the time stated cabbage was just right will be making it again might try it with lamb chops
21st Feb, 2015
Beautiful flavours. I didn't cook my cabbage for quite as long as the recipe states as we like our cabbage with a bit of bite and I was a little worried that it would be to soft.
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