Saturday, December 02, 2006

Parmesan-Crusted Pork Chops

2 large eggs
1 cup dried Italian-style bread crumbs
3/4 cups freshly grated Parmesan
4 (1/2 to 3/4-inch thick) center-cut pork loin chops
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
6-8 Tablespoons olive oil

Whisk the eggs in a pie plate (or shallow bowl) to blend. Place bread crumbs in another pie plate or bowl. Place the Parmesan cheese in another.

Trim any excess fat from the pork chops. Sprinkle generously with salt & pepper.

Dip the chops in the Parmesan, patting to adhere.

Dip the chops in the eggs, turning to coat.

Dip the chops in the bread crumbs, coating completely, patting to adhere.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add pork chops, in batches if neccessary, and cook until golden brown and the center reaches 150 degrees (about 6 minutes per side). Add more oil, if necessary. Transfer chops to oven until ready to serve.

Note: Be sure to keep the heat at a moderate level otherwise the bread crumbs will start to burn before the inside of the pork chop is finished cooking.

Recipe adapted from Giada's Family Dinners cookbook

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At 4:47 PM, Blogger Heather said...

Oh those pork chops look delicious! Consider this stolen! ;)

At 2:59 PM, Blogger Les said...

They're awesome, Heather. I generally don't like pork chops. They always seem a bit too dry. However, this recipe seems to cook them well enough without causing them to dry out. And I think it helps to put them in the oven (for 10 minutes or so) after frying just to ensure they aren't still pink inside. Kind of a fine line with chops. Too done or not done enough!

At 7:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are the side dishes on the plate? I have been wanting pork chops lately but I needed a new recipe. As Heather said "consider this recipe stolen!

At 11:07 AM, Blogger Les said...

Janet - Steal away! These are really good. And I meant to mention that sometimes they look a little to greasy, so I blot them with a paper towel. The side dish is Tortellini Rosa. You can find the recipe in my archives. The other side dish is a simple salad with lettuce, tomato, avocado, oranges, buttermilk (Ranch) dressing and sunflower seeds. Yummy!

At 4:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pork chops were perfect. I was worried about Jim because he sometimes doesn't like breaded meat but the bread crumbs and cheese made it just right. I didn't find them too greasy but I am often hit or miss with the oil (lol). They turned out fine. I served au gratin potatoes and Italian style green beans.

My mom always cooked her pork chops to death. She was afraid of undercooked pork but I never minded.

At 7:30 AM, Blogger Les said...

Janet - I'm so pleased to hear you tried & enjoyed these! Au gratin potatoes & green beans are great side dish ideas. Thanks!


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