Creamy Garlic Pork with Cabbage – pork pieces in an irresistible lighter creamy garlic sauce with delicious shredded cabbage for a perfect any night of the week dinner.
I mean what’s not to love right? This dish is just everything!!!
and when I shared the pic of my dinner on Instagram recently, you all went completely crazy. Who would have thought cabbage would get anyone so excited.
But then you all obviously have great taste, because pork, cabbage, creamy and garlic go together perfectly – right?
Creamy Garlic Pork and Cabbage all in One Pan
Yes, that’s right this dish is cooked all in one pan.
Okay, okay, yes there are various steps to the recipe, but I love the main recipe that uses just one pan and apart from the sides you choose to serve it with, everything, literally everything goes into the one pan.
For this reason, a deep frying pan is a must and one with a lid too. One like this Tefal 30cm Deep frying pan is the perfect size and depth.
This is because before cabbage gets cooked, it is pretty big in volume and quite a lot of it goes into this recipe, so ensuring you have enough space to add all the ingredients, means it will cook perfectly.
How do I make Creamy Garlic Pork and Cabbage?
One of the stars of this ingredient is obviously the garlic, it’s in the title of the recipe after all. I am not talking a measly couple of cloves of garlic either. In this recipe we use 8 – yes you read that right, EIGHT cloves.
Now before you go thinking, oh no. that’s far too much garlic, it really isn’t. Yes, garlic is a powerful flavour, but cooked correctly, it adds such an amazing sweetness of flavour to any dish and in this Creamy Garlic Pork and Cabbage – it’s heavenly.
Normally to cook garlic you need lots of oil or butter or both to prevent it from burning. If you burn the garlic, the result is a horrid bitter taste that is not pleasant.
So to create a healthy version, I use just a little bit of spray oil and some chicken stock. Using a little bit of stock and reducing it down in place of the oil, does the same trick that all that butter and oil will do.
Make sure when you cook the cabbage you let it absorb most of that stock. Otherwise the sauce will be a lot more runny when you add in the cream cheese.
Can I use Quark, Instead of cream cheese?
It’s a question I get asked a lot of recipes where I use low-fat cream cheese. But the answer is no. Quark and cream cheese are really not the same. They taste different for a start. Quark is not at all creamy and has more of a sour taste to it. Fine in some recipes, but where you are trying to make something creamy, I tend to avoid.
The other thing with quark is it really can only be added to a dish at the very end otherwise it splits and your dish will not look at all pleasant.
I know you are trying to save a few syns, but for the sake of a couple of syns, use the cream cheese, don’t use quark.
You can use any brand of low-fat cream cheese that you like. The popular ones out there are Philadelphia, but store brand versions are just as good. Just make sure you always double-check the syn value of the one you use, as they can vary and the values given are based on the ingredients I have used.
Creamy Garlic Chicken with Cabbage? or Creamy Garlic Pork with Cabbage Pasta
Don’t fancy pork? Then go right ahead and swap out that pork for some skinless boneless chicken thighs. I won’t judge, because I may well do that myself next time. This will be as delicious with chicken as it is with pork. Yum!!
and now it’s time to let you into a secret. This recipe serves 6 people. I know that’s a lot of people, but I had a lot of pork and a lot of cabbage to use up. However my family is only 4 people, so do you want to know what I did with the leftovers the next day? I cooked up some Fettucine pasta and sliced the pork into smaller pieces and stirred the whole lot into the pasta with a little reserved pasta water. Oh my gosh – amazing!! You could even sprinkle with a little grated parmesan if you have a Healthy Extra Spare, now there’s a thought.
Need some Sides for this Creamy Garlic Pork and Cabbage?
But if you need some other suggestions, check out these:
- ROSEMARY ROASTED POTATOES, PARSNIPS, CARROTS AND ONION
- EXTRA CRISPY POTATOES
- MASHED POTATOES
- SWEET POTATO MASH
- BEST EVER SYN FREE ROAST POTATOES
- SOUR CREAM AND SPRING ONION CAULIFLOWER MASH
More Delicious Pork Recipes:
- INSTANT POT CAJUN PORK AND BEANS
- STOVE TOP PORK WITH APPLES
- SLOW COOKED TERIYAKI PORK TENDERLOIN
- SLOW COOKER PINEAPPLE PORK
- PINEAPPLE MEXICAN PORK CARNITAS (SLOW COOKER AND PRESSURE COOKER)
- ONE POT CAMPFIRE STEW
- PULLED PORK SANDWICH
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Serving Size: 1 SERVING
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 312Total Fat: 8.1gSaturated Fat: 3.9gCholesterol: 16.7mgSodium: 464mgCarbohydrates: 10.7gFiber: 3.2gSugar: 6.5gProtein: 46.3g
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