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Recipe of the Week:

parm pork chopsThis may be my new favorite quick and easy way to prepare pork chops! I “pinched” the recipe from Just a Pinch and contributor Janet Crow. Yum!

Parmesan Baked Pork Chops

Ingredients:

– 4 boneless pork chops, 1/2 thick (mine were those amazing Costco 1″ thick chops and they worked just fine.
– 1 T olive oil
– 1
 cup grated parmesan cheese (since I was making only 2 chops, I halved the cheese and bread crumbs and didn’t even need that much)
– 1 cup Italian flavored bread crumbs
– 1 tsp black pepper
– 1 tsp garlic powder

Directions:

– Combine the last 4 ingredients on a plate.
– Rub the chops with olive oil and then dip (coat) each one in the mixture. (my note: You could dip in egg if you prefer, but this worked really well). Make sure the chops are well coated.
– Line a pan with tin foil and spray with cooking spray. (I was out of foil, so I just gave my pan a swipe with olive oil. Cleaned up easily later).
– Place the chops in the pan and bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. (I’d check them at 35. I cook chops to no more than 145 degrees so they’re still juicy and tender but the cooties are killed. My 1-inch chops only took 40 minutes. They were not terribly brown though–see the picture–so I gave them a zap under the broiler. Still not very brown. Janet’s were beautifully brown. Check out the picture on the Just Pinched site. What do you think made the difference?)
Enjoy!

3 Comments

  1. Jennifer on March 10, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    First thing I did with this recipe was scanned the ingredients. Uh oh! “Italian flavored breadcrumbs”. Hmmm now that’s great if you have some. Is it a pre-packaged item? Where do I get it? A simple recipe then becomes a hassle. I have to either go out and find some (and given the simplicity of the end product is it really worth it?) or make it myself. The latter involves a google search and is more trouble than it’s worth. I’m guessing it’s a case of making some fresh breadcrumbs and adding some typically Italian herbs like basil.

    An overly simple meal idea that, for me at least, was spoiled with a mystery ingredients I’m not familiar with.

    • Ada on March 12, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      Thanks for this recipe Diane. So easy & yummy.

      Jennifer, I used a package of Krafts “Fresh Taste” – comes in a neat package with parmesan cheese and bread crumbs all ready in a bag to mix and dip in. Found it in the cheese/butter section.
      I had four chops but had lots of the mixture left – so I think I’ll just take out half and mix it separately next time.
      http://www.kraftrecipes.com/kraftcheese/freshtake.aspx

  2. Diane Chamberlain on March 10, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    That’s often the case at my house too–not having the ingredients on hand. I usually have a container of bread crumbs, though, and it’s easy to toss in some dried Italian herbs. In this case, I had a container of Progresso Italian flavored bread crumbs, which are pretty common where I live. No Google search necessary!

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