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Author Notes: My vacation is over and as far as I'm concerned it's fall. But it's not just that, today the air is cool and the air conditioner unnecessary, even up here on the 6th floor. So I made these pork chops to welcome the impending season. The recipe is inspired by something I saw Lidia make on TV last night. with wild boar. I couldn't find a boar so I used pork instead. You probably will too. I suggest you serve them on a bed of cabbage sauteed in butter, cooked simply in a saute pan with a little water and salt. I don't think this recipe is perfect, yet. You might want to swirl a little butter into the sauce before serving (though I think the butter from the cabbage adds that richness) or add a pinch of sugar if it's not quite sweet enough. You might also want to save the prunes after straining the sauce and cut them up and add them. I didn't do these things and it tasted great, but I think a few of these touches might make it even better. See what you can bring to it. —Giulia Melucci
For the pork chops
- 2 pork chops
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 small carrot, chopped
- 1 celery stalk, chopped
- 1 cup red wine
- 1 teaspoon rosemary leaves, chopped (or 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary)
- 1 cup prunes
- 1 apple (something sweet, not granny smith) cored, peeled, and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
For the cabbage
- 1 head of cabbage, chopped
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Lay the pork chops over the chopped vegetables, season with the rosemary, salt and pepper. Pour the red wine over the chops and vegetables. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for up to 6 hours.
- When the pork chops have finished marinating (I'd give them at least an hour) transfer them to a plate and pour the wine, prunes, and vegetables into a sauce pan. Cook over medium high heat until reduced by half. 20-25 minutes.
- When the sauce is reduced, strain away the solids and discard. Return the liquid to the sauce pan, add the apple and cook over low heat until the apple is softened. Now it's time to cook the meat.
- Rub the chops with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and, cook outside on a grill (if it's warm enough), under a broiler, or atop the stove for about 4 minutes on each side. When the meat is cooked to your liking transfer it to a plate, cover with foil and allow it to rest for about five minutes.
- While the pork is cooking and resting melt butter in a saute pan, over medium heat, add the cabbage, 1/2 cup of water and salt. Cook, covered until softened.
- When the cabbage is done divide it between two plates. Serve each pork chop on a bed of cabbage with the sauce spooned over all of it.