Thursday, September 20, 2018

Cabin Casserole (I know! How cute is this name?) aka Pork Chops Baked with Curried Green Tomatoes

Cabin Casserole (I know! How cute is this name?) aka Pork Chops Baked with Curried Green Tomatoes

Pork chops baked with curry-seasoned green tomatoes and onions in this homey casserole from a vintage cookbook.


A new green tomato recipe! Pork chops baked with curry-seasoned green tomatoes and onions in this homey casserole from a vintage cookbook.


Each time I make this dish, I add a few tweaks on the seasonings but keep the main elements of pork chops, green tomatoes, and onions. I'm happy to report that this casserole is delicious over rice and my family still ate it all up! I used lemon pepper seasoning with the pork chops and hot curry instead of sweet curry on the vegetables--and they were very flavorful.



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Right now the seasons are a bit topsy turvy. The temperature swings from shorts to sweater weather. I'm excited to turn on the oven but still using the grill. The trees have started to change colors and I foresee leaf raking in the not to distant future. Yet the tomato plants are still plugging away, producing plenty of tomatoes. Once the night temperature dips far enough, there's no amount of sunny days that will bring me red tomatoes. I need to bring them in to ripen--or learn to love green tomatoes. This recipe is one of the ways I've embraced green tomatoes, and I'm glad to re-share it with you.



Pork chops baked with curry-seasoned green tomatoes and onions served over rice.



I love to read cookbooks.  I may be terrible at actually following the recipes, but I never come away from a visit with a cookbook without inspiration.  The other day was no exception.  I was looking through the index of my mom's OK it's mine now 1950 1st edition Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook for something in the Cs, and I came across this recipe name:  Cabin Casserole.  I flipped to the page and saw this:

CABIN CASSEROLE
A heart-warming dish for a cold day.
Place in alternate layers in buttered casserole sliced onions
and sliced tomatoes (green preferred) . . . using in all 1/2
cup of each for each chop and sprinkling each layer with 
salt and curry powder.  On top, lay browned seasoned pork 
chops. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees (mod. oven) 45 min.
Then cover, and continue baking until tender
 (30-45 min more). Serve hot.


A new green tomato recipe! Pork chops baked with curry-seasoned green tomatoes and onions served over rice. Recipe  from a vintage cookbook.



A dish that prefers green tomatoes?  A recipe with curry powder?  I have to try this.  Lucky for me I found pork chops marked down for quick sale a few days later so I was able to add this to the dinner lineup without any additional grocery store/farmer's market trips. I've usually got onions & curry powder on hand since we also like Jen's Divine Turkey Divan



ingredients to make pork chops baked with curried green tomatoes and onions
Why yes, my kid did make my lidded salt dish. Thanks for noticing!


sliced green tomatoes and white onions sprinkled with curry powder in a casserole dish


NOTE: The first time I made this, I didn't do the 'nestle the chop' bit-I put the casserole in the oven and took off to pick up one child, and had my minion other child cover the casserole at the midpoint. The chops were good and moist, but they would have been moister (?) had they been flipped and nestled.

We thought this tasted pretty good, and was an interesting way to use green tomatoes.

2015 Update: I used hot curry powder on the tomatoes/onions and lemon pepper seasoning on the pork. I followed the instructions to 'flip and nestle' the pork chops at the midpoint of the baking time and that worked great. It's definitely a keeper.

I created this recipe to be gluten free through my choice of ingredients. Check labels to confirm that your products are also gluten free.



a plate of pork chops baked with curried green tomatoes and onions served over rice



Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon cooking oil (for the skillet and the casserole dish)
4 pork chops
1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning (optional)
about 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
about ½ teaspoon black pepper
1 large onion, sliced thin
3 large green tomatoes, sliced a bit thicker than the onions
about 1 teaspoon hot or sweet curry powder (I used Penzey's Sweet Curry)

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and preheat a medium skillet to medium-high heat (add a turn of oil around the skillet too).
  • Season one side of the pork chops with the lemon pepper seasoning OR about ½ teaspoon salt and a couple grinds of pepper. Place the chops seasoned side down in the preheated skillet.
  • Repeat the seasonings on the unseasoned side, and brown the chops 3-4 minutes per side. They won't be cooked through, and that's OK. You're going to pop them in the oven to finish.
  • Lightly oil a casserole dish (I used an oval 2.8L dish and it was plenty roomy). Place half of the onions in a layer across the bottom. Sprinkle the entire layer with a pinch of salt and a pinch of curry powder.
  • Top with a layer of half of the tomatoes. Repeat salt and curry seasoning like on the onions.
  • Repeat with the rest of the onions, more salt & curry powder, then the rest of the tomatoes and salt and curry powder. My best guess is that my pinches were around 1/4 teaspoon so I used a total of 1 teaspoon each Kosher salt and curry powder. But sprinkle by pinch when you do it and feel very vintage cookbook Cabin-Casserole-ish.
  • Top the vegetables with the browned pork chops.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, uncovered. Flip over the chops and nestle them down into the veggies at this point. Cover the casserole and continue baking until tender (for me, another 15 min).
  • Very good served with rice.



  • a pork chop baked with green tomatoes and onions
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    A new green tomato recipe! Pork chops baked with curry-seasoned green tomatoes and onions in this homey casserole from a vintage cookbook.

    This post was originally published in 2012 and the photos updated in 2015.

    8 comments:

    1. Yum. I love green tomatoes.

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      1. Now I do, too! Before I used to just wait for them to ripen. Silly me! Thanks for stopping by.

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    2. I love this....
      I wont try this recipe real soon

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      1. I hope you do! Thanks for stopping by.

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    3. Love this type of vintage recipe. And now that you did the turned-and-nestled vs not test, I know I can't skip that step:)

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      1. Laura,
        Heck you can skip any steps you want! I so enjoy reading old cookbooks, the writing style is just delightful.
        Thanks!

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    4. I can't thank you enough for starting such a fantastic garden for us. We have enjoyed fresh tomatoes all Summer. I will definitely try this recipe with some of our green tomatoes.

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      1. Dana,
        I'm so glad your garden is producing prodigiously! We had such fun building it and many happy harvests--so I wish you much more of the same.
        And if you like bacon--check out my Green Tomato Bacon Jam recipe. It's a freezer jam, no canning required, and a few spoonfuls added to burger meat really makes a burger taste better.
        Thank you so much for your comment--you've really made my day!

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