Grilled pork chop with cauliflower cheese and cabbage

Creamy cauliflower cheese coupled with meaty griddled pork chops with plenty of charring. A hearty satisfying dish.


For the grilled pork chops:
  • 4 x 200g/7oz pork chops
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 50g/2oz unsalted butter
  • 200g/7oz spring cabbage, finely shredded
For the cauliflower cheese –
  • 1 large cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 50g/2oz butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 50g/2oz plain flour
  • 450ml/16fl oz milk
  • 2 free-range eggs, yolks only
  • 1 tsp English mustard
  • splash Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 200g/7oz Lincolnshire Poacher (or strong cheddar) cheese, grated

Preparation method

  1. For the grilled pork chops, preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

  2. Season the pork chops with salt and freshly ground black pepper then rub with a little of the olive oil.

  3. Heat a griddle pan until hot, add the pork chops and cook on each side until golden brown then transfer the griddle pan to the oven and cook for 5 minutes until the pork is just cooked through.

  4. Remove the pork from the oven and set aside to rest for 4-5 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, heat a frying pan until hot, add the butter and cabbage and stir fry for 2-3 minutes until just tender. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and set aside until needed.

  6. For the cauliflower cheese, preheat oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

  7. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, then add the cauliflower florets and cook for two minutes.

  8. Drain and place the cauliflower in a buttered oven-proof dish.

  9. Place the butter and flour into a saucepan and heat to melt the butter.

  10. Cook, stirring for one to two minutes until lightly golden-brown.

  11. Remove the pan from the heat and gradually whisk in the milk to form a smooth sauce.

  12. Return the sauce to the heat and simmer for two to three minutes.

  13. Remove from the heat and beat in the egg yolks, mustard and Worcestershire sauce and half the cheese.

  14. Season with salt and pepper then pour over the cauliflower and top with the remaining cheese.

  15. Place the cauliflower cheese under the grill and cook until golden-brown.

  16. To serve, place a spoonful of cabbage into the centre of the plate then place the pork chop on top. Spoon the cauliflower cheese alongside.

Required techniques

James Martin recipes from Saturday Kitchen

Less than 30 mins preparation time

10 to 30 mins cooking time

Serves 4

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