A comforting dinner of pork chops served with apples and savoy cabbage takes advantage of seasonal fall produce and, best of all, can be made in about half an hour. The slight bitterness of savoy cabbage, a good source of vitamins C and A, provides a nice foil to the sweetness of the glazed pork and apples. Choose a cabbage with crisp, tightly packed leaves.
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 loin pork chops, 1-inch thick
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 sprigs fresh thyme
1 orange, halved
1 tablespoon cognac
3 Gravenstein or other crisp cooking apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch slices
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper. Place 2 sprigs thyme on each pork chop, and add to the skillet. Saute until browned, 3 to 5 minutes.
Turn chops over, and squeeze the juice from half an orange over the pork. Reduce the heat to medium, and squeeze the remaining orange half over the pork. Cover, and continue cooking until an instant-read thermometer reads 160 degrees, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove to a platter, and cover to keep warm.
To prevent a flare up, remove skillet from heat, then heat cognac. Return the skillet to medium heat, and cook for about 1 minute. Add apples, and cook until caramelized and tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and sprinkle with sugar. Stir well to coat apples. Serve immediately with pork chops and Sauteed Cabbage.