Pork and apples and red cabbage are meant for each other. Here all three appear in a mélange that brings together the Japanese tradition of panko-crusted pork chops with the New England tradition of seasoning with maple syrup and cider vinegar. Serve with a wild rice pilaf.

Victoria Abbott Riccardi
Source: EatingWell Magazine, October/November 2005


Recipe Summary

50 mins


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  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees F. Set a wire rack on a foil-lined baking sheet and coat with cooking spray.

  • Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add apples, cabbage, onion and thyme and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture begins to soften, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in maple syrup and vinegar. Reduce heat to low and cook until the cabbage is tender, about 5 minutes more. Remove from heat, cover and keep warm.

  • Meanwhile, place each pork chop between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Pound with the smooth side of a meat mallet or a heavy saucepan until 1/4 inch thick. Season the pork on both sides with salt and pepper. Place flour on a large plate. Whisk egg and mustard in a shallow dish. Mix panko and 1 tablespoon oil in another shallow dish. Dredge the pork in the flour, dip in the egg mixture, then dredge in the panko. Place on the wire rack. Coat both sides with cooking spray.

  • Bake until the pork is cooked through and the breadcrumbs are just beginning to brown, about 10 minutes. Season the cabbage mixture with pepper and serve with the cutlets.


Note: Panko breadcrumbs, also known as Japanese breadcrumbs or bread flakes, are coarser than other dried breadcrumbs. Found in the Asian section of large supermarkets and in Asian specialty markets, they produce a crispy crust and are less likely to become soggy.

Nutrition Facts

497 calories; protein 34g 68% DV; carbohydrates 63.9g 21% DV; exchange other carbs 4.5; dietary fiber 5.6g 23% DV; sugars 21g; fat 12.5g 19% DV; saturated fat 3.3g 16% DV; cholesterol 100.7mg 34% DV; vitamin a iu 168.3IU 3% DV; vitamin c 19.9mg 33% DV; folate 30mcg 8% DV; calcium 61.8mg 6% DV; iron 1.2mg 7% DV; magnesium 34.9mg 13% DV; potassium 507.4mg 14% DV; sodium 758.7mg 30% DV; thiamin 0.5mg 49% DV.

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Rating: 4 stars
Fantastic!!!! Made some easy substitutions so I didn't have to go to the store...honey for maple syrup bread crumbs for panko regular cabbage for red cabbage and scallions for onions. Pretty quick and easy and totally yum. My family of 5 all liked it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This delish fall dish rates a 5 plus! Spritz on some olive oil instead of cooking spray directly onto the chops before baking. Panko provides the delightful crunch you only thought possible with a deep fry. Plus the high baking temp gives you all that pan-fry pork chop-y goodness even with the fat cut off. Pros: Easy quick. You can cook the cabbage mixture ahead Cons: zero Read More