Pork with Cabbage in Cream Sauce

Comforting & rich flavor this German Pork with Cabbage in Cream Sauce is a perfect winter entree–plus veggie! One pan even!
Comforting & rich flavor this German Pork with Cabbage in Cream Sauce is a perfect winter entree--plus veggie! One pan even!

Is there something inherently comfortable about a dinner made with pork? Perhaps it’s the connection I make to German food—all that Gemütlichkeit!

This recipe, adapted from the Washington Post, actually is German in origin. And it’s the kind of dish I grew up eating when German food was all the rage in Milwaukee. Comforting & rich flavor this German Pork with Cabbage in Cream Sauce is a perfect winter entree--plus veggie! One pan even!

Guess that gives it double comfort points!

How to Make Pork with Cabbage in Cream Sauce

The dish is easy and can be made (and even served) in one pan. In these pictures I use a stainless-steel frying pan, but now I use my cast iron braiser, since it’s so pretty to serve in.

You start by patting dry the pork

Fry until golden, then remove and reserve

Cook the cabbage and onion

Add sauce ingredients, return pork and get ready for a taste treat! Comforting & rich flavor this German Pork with Cabbage in Cream Sauce is a perfect winter entree--plus veggie! One pan even!

Healthier Pork

Did you know that not all pork is created equal? Just like grass-fed beef, the pig’s diet has a big impact on the final product.

In the chart below you see (from left) the fatty acid ratios from grain-free, reduced grain, 100% grain and random store pork. (Data Source: Practical Farmer). 

Per Healthline,

Scientists believe omega-6s are pro-inflammatory, while omega-3s are anti-inflammatory…  In fact, chronic inflammation may be one of the leading drivers of the most serious modern diseases, including heart disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and many types of cancer.

The grain-free is far closer to the ideal ratio of 4:1. 

Every year or so I buy a half pig from a local organic farmer who raises organic and grain free. It helps my nutrition goals along with the local economy. 

How to Serve Pork with Cabbage in Cream Sauce

As a true comfort food, Pork with Cabbage goes very well with pasta or potatoes.  I made whole wheat fettuccini (rather than the more traditional egg noodles), which was perfect with the generous sauce. Comforting & rich flavor this German Pork with Cabbage in Cream Sauce is a perfect winter entree--plus veggie! One pan even!

Mashed potatoes would be delicious too or a nice bread.  And a nice Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing would put it over the top! 

For this meal, I garnished with pomegranate seeds and parsley, truthfully because I bought a case of pomegranates so they’re going on everything. Comforting & rich flavor this German Pork with Cabbage in Cream Sauce is a perfect winter entree--plus veggie! One pan even!

The final dish was enjoyed by all and true to its press, was warm and comforting while the winter winds blew.  It’s definitely going into my winter rotation! 

Who feels cozy now! Comforting & rich flavor this German Pork with Cabbage in Cream Sauce is a perfect winter entree--plus veggie! One pan even!

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Pork with Cabbage in Cream Sauce

Pork with Cabbage in Cream Sauce

Yield: 4
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Comfort & rich flavor hint at the German origins of this Pork with Cabbage in Cream Sauce. A perfect winter entree with veggie! One pan too!

Ingredients

  • 4 pork chops (about 1 1/2 pounds total)
  • Salt, pepper to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup diced onion (about 1 medium onion)
  • 4 cups rough chopped green cabbage
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Instructions

Pat the pork chops dry and season with salt and pepper.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 Tablespoon oil then add the pork chops to the hot pan. Brown on each side and cook to desired doneness, about 10 minutes total (varying by thickness). Remove pork chops from the pan and keep warm.

Add the remaining oil, onion and cabbage to the skillet and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Add the lemon juice, cream and mustard to the cabbage mixture and stir until well combined. Simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes, then taste and adjust seasoning.

Add the chops back to the skillet. Lower the heat to medium-low and continue cooking until pork chops are rewarmed.

Garnish and serve.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 594Total Fat: 41gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 182mgSodium: 579mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 44g

Nutrition data accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.

10 thoughts on “Pork with Cabbage in Cream Sauce

    1. Inger Post author

      We get such a price break buying it bulk that it’s really worth having a freezer.

  1. David Scott Allen

    Oh, this is definitely going in my menu plan for the next week. Although it all depends on whether or not Trader Joe has green cabbage. I have never looked. If not, it will need to wait one more week. (I already have the pork from the farmers market!)

    1. Inger Post author

      How nice to get pork at the farmer’s market! Cabbage keeps so well that happily we still have some left from the summer’s CSA harvest.

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