I brought my hubby with me to the store over the weekend. Yes…I know…WHAT WAS I THINKING??? Number one…I hate going to the store over the weekend. Number two…although I adore my husband, I must say, he is not the world’s best shopper in the world. Let’s just use the term…”ball and chain,” and you get my drift!
ANYWAY…….He did go with me and asked me to make Pork Chops. I cringed. I am not a huge pork chop gal. Not even a little bit! But, I figured this was my chance to learn to be. So I tried to come up with something I’d like. And this is the recipe I threw together with what I have in my cabinet. I had three kinds of paprika from a Jambalaya recipe I once made, so I used all three. I am aware most people don’t have three kinds in their cabinet, so I say, just use what you have! Also…If you want spicy…add a bit of cayenne.
4 thick pork chops
1 Tbs olive oil
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs (or Panko)
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp smoked paprika, sweet paprika and spicy paprika
(if you don’t have multiple kinds just 3/4 tsp of what you have)
1 Tbs. butter
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. LIne your baking sheet with parchment.
Meanwhile, while the oven is heating rub the oil on the pork chops. Now add all of the spices to a large plastic bag and shake to combine. Add the pork chops one at a time and thoroughly coat each chop. Put aside on plate.
In a large cast iron pan, melt the butter on medium high heat. When it is hot, add the chops to the pan. Do not move them for 3 minutes. Now turn them over and do the same on the other side. If you think the pan needs more butter, go ahead and add some. Again, do not move them for 3 minutes.
Remove from skillet and put onto the baking sheet. Bake the pork chops for 35-45 minutes. The juices should run clear (not red or pink). Pork should read about 160 degrees and will continue to cook a little after they are taken out of the oven, so be sure not to overcook.
What did I love about this recipe? I have to be honest…I am not a huge pork chop lover. My husband had to convince me to get these at the store. But, guess what???? I really liked them! They were moist and tasty! Who knew!?