Pork Chops with Apricots, Red Cabbage & Blue Cheese

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Preparation info

  • Serves

    4

    • Difficulty

      Easy

Appears in

Sheet Pan: Delicious Recipes for Hands-Off Meals

Sheet Pan

By Kate McMillan

Published 2017

  • About

Sweet, savory, and salty components come together for a perfect combination in this impressive but simple dish. Cooking pork on the bone yields a richer flavor, and be sure to season the chops with plenty of salt and pepper; it enhances the taste of the meat. Serve this dish with a dry Sauvignon Blanc or a fruity Pinot Noir.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups (18 oz/560 g) shredded red cabbage (about ¾ head)
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 apricots, halved and pitted
  • 4 bone-in, center-cut pork chops (about 3 lb/1.5 kg total)
  • ¼ lb (125 g) blue cheese, crumbled

    Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil.
    2. In a large bowl, toss together the cabbage, the ¼ cup (60 ml) oil, and the vinegar, and season generously with salt and pepper. Place the cabbage on one end of the prepared pan, spreading it out in an even layer. Add the apricots to the bowl and toss gently in the remaining oil and vinegar. Place, cut side up, on the bed of cabbage.
    3. Brush both sides of the pork chops with the 2 tablespoons oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Place the chops on the other end of the pan.
    4. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the chops registers 145°F (63°C) and the cabbage is fork-tender, 35–40 minutes. During the last 5 minutes of cooking, sprinkle the blue cheese over the cabbage and apricots. Let rest for a few minutes and then serve.