All Natural Breaded and Baked Pork Chops ~ a 30 minute weeknight meal!
When the clock goes tick toc and it's five o'clock signalling the end of your work day you still have something very important left to do ~ head home and make dinner for your family. With everything that is going on you're probably tempted to order take out, right? Well don't worry. I have a solution to your weeknight dilemma with a well rounded delicious meal that can be on your table in about 30 minutes!
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I have to tell you that we eat pork often in our home and always have. Not just because it got labelled "the other white meat", but because pork is an incredibly versatile protein that can be cooked in a variety of ways. There are many recipes for pork here on my blog to back that up. Now on to the recipe!
The oil used in the breading recipe not only helps the crumbs adhere to the pork but it also helps in the browning process. That is why you do not need to turn the chops over during the cooking process.
- 4 - Smithfield All Natural Bone-in Pork Chops
- 1 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs or plain regular bread crumb
- 1 tbsp. paprika
- 1 tbsp. granulated garlic or garlic powder
- 1-2 tbsp. oil (vegetable is fine)
- 1 tsp. salt (plus a little extra for the chops)
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper (plus a little extra for the chops)
- 2-3 cans whole potatoes (seasoned with salt, pepper, granulated garlic and onion powder)
- 1 bag frozen gold and white kernel corn - or a frozen vegetable of your choice
- 2 tbsp. butter
- Preheat your oven to 400°.
- Then, in the bowl of your food processor add the panko bread crumbs, paprika, granulated garlic, salt, onion powder, black pepper. Give the processor a whiz for 30 seconds to break down the panko and combine the spices.
- Next, transfer the breading to a shallow dish and add in the oil and mix with a fork to combine.
- Wash the pork chops under cold water and then coat all sides with the crumbs, patting the breading down on the chops.
- Line a baking sheet with foil for easy clean up then pop the pork chops in the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes depending on thickness or until the temperature reaches and internal temperature of 145°.
These Smithfield All Natural bone-in pork chops are beautiful and they are large! Based on how large they are, one chop could feed 2 small children; so keep that in mind when choosing how much you need for your family. I'll do a costing of the dinner near the end of the post.
For a family of four, I recommend 3 cans of whole potatoes. The reason you want to get as much liquid out is so that the potatoes will brown nicely. They will still have some water to them (as potatoes naturally do), so this is a CAUTION - do not allow your children to stand near the stove! The potatoes sizzle and pop and the butter and oil spits out. You must be careful. Despite that warning, I want to tell you these inexpensive potatoes taste really good.
- While the chops are baking, open the potatoes and drain the liquid. Place the potatoes on some paper towels to absorb more of the water.
- Heat a large skillet to medium and add 2 pats of butter and a touch of vegetable oil.
- Cut the larger potatoes in half and leave the small ones whole. Add them to the pan and then season them to taste with salt, black pepper, onion powder and granulated garlic. Toss to coat.
- Cook the potatoes and occasionally turn them in the butter/oil until golden brown.
The Side Vegetable:
- In the last 5-6 minutes of baking time on the pork, take your frozen vegetables and place in a microwaveable dish and microwave according to package directions.
There you have it. A delicious meal that goes from oven to table in 30 minutes! The pork is juicy. It's tender and that coating is killer good.
Whether you grill, bake, braise or saute, Smithfield® has a great selection of pork products that includes not only the chops (bone-in or boneless), but roasts, ribs and the tenderloins. All of the products are ALL NATURAL and it is so easy to whip up a delicious meal any night of the week or make something special for weekend entertaining. What I like is that the product is all natural and raised right here in the U.S.A and I love that Smithfield's® prides itself for the three C's: Commitment, Care and Compassion. To learn more about Smithfield's All Natural Pork Products please visit this link.
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The cost of this entire dinner came to approximately $17.23, feeding four for $4.30 each. Fast food costs a great deal more and it's not as good for you either! Plus you get to sit around the dinner table and spend quality time with your family catching up on the days events.
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