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Sage-Scented Pork Chops

Makes: 6 servings Yield: 6 servings + reserves
Prep 30 mins Cook 4 hrs to 5 hrs  (low) or 2 to 2 1/2 hours (high)
Sage-Scented Pork Chops
Ingredients
  • 10  boneless pork loin chops, cut 3/4 inch thick (about 3 1/2 pounds)
  • 2  teaspoons  dried sage, crushed
  • 1  teaspoon  ground black pepper
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 2  tablespoons  cooking oil
  • 1  medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2  cup  chicken broth
  • 1/3  cup  dry white wine or apple juice
  • 3  tablespoons  quick-cooking tapioca, crushed
  • 1/2  medium head green cabbage, cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 1  tablespoon  Dijon-style mustard
  • 1  teaspoon  caraway seeds
  •  Salt and ground black pepper
Directions

1. Trim fat from chops. In a small bowl, stir together sage, 1 teaspoon pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Rub sage mixture onto one side of each chop. In an extra-large skillet, brown both sides of chops, half at a time, in hot oil over medium heat.

2. In a 6- or 7-quart slow cooker, place onion, broth, wine, and tapioca. Add the browned chops to cooker. Top with cabbage.

3. Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

4. Reserve and store* four chops. Use for Pork and Potato Gratin with Gruyere Cheese (see recipe below). Transfer remaining six chops to a platter; cover and keep warm. Using a slotted spoon, transfer cabbage and onion to a serving bowl. Stir mustard and caraway seeds into remaining juices in cooker. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon sauce over pork and cabbage. Makes 6 servings.

From the Test Kitchen*
  • Place chops in an airtight container; seal. Chill for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in refrigerator overnight before using.
Pork and Potato Gratin with Gruyere Cheese:
  • For sauce, in a medium saucepan, cook 1/2 cup chopped onion in 3 tablespoons hot butter over medium heat until tender. Stir in 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Add 1 3/4 cups milk all at once. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Add 1 1/4 cups shredded Gruyere cheese; cook and stir until melted. Spread half of the potatoes in a greased 2 1/2- to 3-quart rectangular baking dish or au gratin dish. Top with reserved pork chops, chopped. Cover with half of the sauce. Repeat potato and sauce layers. Bake, covered, in a 375 degrees F oven about 45 minutes until potatoes are tender. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Makes 6 servings.
  • Nutrition Facts per serving of Pork and Potato Gratin with Gruyere Cheese: 488 cal., 24 g total fat (12 g sat. fat), 109 mg chol., 618 mg sodium, 29 g carb., 2 g dietary fiber, 37 g. protein.
Nutrition Facts (Sage-Scented Pork Chops)
  • Servings Per Recipe 6,
  • cal. (kcal) 300,
  • Fat, total (g) 12,
  • chol. (mg) 87,
  • sat. fat (g) 4,
  • carb. (g) 9,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 5,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 2,
  • fiber (g) 1,
  • sugar (g) 2,
  • pro. (g) 37,
  • vit. A (IU) 97,
  • vit. C (mg) 12,
  • Thiamin (mg) 1,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 9,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 1,
  • Folate (g) 20,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 1,
  • sodium (mg) 351,
  • Potassium (mg) 783,
  • calcium (mg) 61,
  • iron (mg) 2,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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