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Pork apple and cabbage barley casserole

Classic partners – pork, apples and cabbage – combine with barley in this hearty oven-baked meal
Recipe provided by Dairy Farmers of Canada ©
Cooked pork with cabbage and apple slaw in casserole dish
4 servings / 1 hour 10 min 

Prep 20 min / Cook 50 min 

  • 2 cups (500 mL) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) water, divided
  • 1 cup (250 mL) pot or pearl barley
  • 1 lb (500 g) pork tenderloin, trimmed
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) pepper, divided
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter, divided
  • 4 cups (1 L) thinly sliced green cabbage
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) dried dill weed
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) caraway seeds (optional) 
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cooking apples, cut lengthwise into thin wedges
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups (500 mL) 2% milk
  1. Preheat oven to 375 °F (190 °C). Butter a 13 x 9-inch (33 x 23 cm) glass baking dish.
  2.  In a glass measuring cup in the microwave, or in a small saucepan, bring broth and 1/4 cup (50 mL) water to a boil on high.
  3. In prepared baking dish, combine barley and boiling broth mixture. Cover dish tightly with foil. Bake for 25 minutes, until barley is slightly softened.
  4. Meanwhile, sprinkle pork all over with about 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) of the pepper.
  5. In a large skillet, melt half of the butter over medium-high heat. Add pork and cook, turning to brown all sides, for about 5 minutes total. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  6. Add sliced cabbage, dill, caraway seeds (if using) and half of the remaining pepper to the skillet; sauté for about 5 minutes or until cabbage is wilted. Pour in remaining 1/4 cup (50 mL) water. Remove from heat.
  7. Remove baking dish from oven. Stir cabbage mixture into barley and spread out in dish; nestle pork in the centre of the dish. Cover again with foil and bake for 15 minutes.
  8. While pork bakes, return skillet to medium heat; add remaining butter and swirl to coat pan. Add onion, apples and remaining pepper; sauté for about 5 minutes or until onion is softened. Whisk flour and mustard into milk; gradually pour into skillet, stirring. Bring to a gentle boil, stirring often. Boil, stirring, for about 2 minutes or until sauce is thickened.
  9. Uncover baking dish and pour sauce evenly over top. Bake, uncovered, for about 10 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the thickest part of pork reads 160 °F (71 °C). Let rest for 5 to 10 minutes then slice pork across the grain and serve with barley and sauce.
Nutritional info per serving (1 of 4) 
  • Calories 498
  • Protein 39 g
  • Total Fat 9 g
    Saturated Fat 4 g
    Cholesterol 99 mg
  • Carbohydrates 67 g
    Fibre 13 g
    Sugars 20 g
    Added sugars 0 g 
  • Sodium 462 mg
  • Potassium 1196 mg