Iain Bagwell
Total Time
45 Mins
Makes 4 servings

Here's a hearty, tangy dish for a chilly autumn night. Pork, cabbage, and caraway—a classic German combination—pair well with crisp, dry Riesling.

Note: If you don't have a mortar and pestle, you can crush your spices by whirling them in a spice grinder or a clean coffee grinder.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine fennel seeds, 1 tsp. caraway seeds, salt, and pepper in a mortar (see Notes) and coarsely crush with pestle. Sprinkle mixture over pork chops and set chops aside.

Step 2

In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, cook bacon until browned and crisp, about 7 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels to drain.

Step 3

Add pork chops to pan and cook, turning once, until browned on both sides and cooked through (cut into center to check), about 8 minutes total. Transfer pork chops to a rimmed plate and tent with foil to keep warm.

Step 4

Add cabbage to pan and cook, stirring frequently, until cabbage is wilted, about 3 minutes. Stir in remaining 1/2 tsp. caraway seeds, the vinegar, and bacon; cook 2 minutes.

Step 5

Pile cabbage on a platter and arrange pork chops on top. Pour on any accumulated pork juices and serve immediately.

Step 6

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

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Ratings & Reviews

ElizaThorn's Review

November 09, 2014
very good. I omitted the bacon since I had some this morning and didn't want to over-becon-ate myself today. It was still delicious! I also used a thicker pork chop, so it took longer to cook, but flavor was great.

KathrynAnn's Review

May 28, 2014

marci1's Review

June 14, 2012
These were really good. I made as directed but next time (and there will be a next time) I will add more cabbage.

ChristelB's Review

November 15, 2011
The pork chops were so good,but put them on top of mashed potatoes,and made a country gravy out of the drippings,oh so good...

Palkscancook's Review

November 21, 2010
This was delicious. I used a thinner center cut pork chop, the kind that were on sale. Just cooked it a little less. Very flavorful! I also was out of bacon, so I threw some bacon bits in the pan, heated them up, then put them aside. They tasted fine in the cabbage. Will definitely use this recipe again; both my husband & 15 y/o loved it!