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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Breaded Oven Baked Pork Chops



Comfort food doesn't get any cozier than Breaded Oven Baked Pork Chops! These thick cut, boneless, center cut pork chops are seasoned and breaded then quickly browned stove top. Finish them in the oven for a pork chop that's crunchy on the outside but tender and juicy on the inside!

Breaded Oven Baked Pork Chops on a white plate




I've partnered with my friends at OhioPork.org to create this delicious recipe and blog post for you. All opinions are my own. 


If you've been here before, you might remember my awesome visit to an Ohio Hog Farm about a year and a half ago. Being from a more urban area of NE Ohio, having the chance to see how a farm operates was a real treat and a great learning experience.

Why modern pig farming is better than traditional pig farming


One thing that I learned on that visit, that has stuck with me, is why pigs are raised the way the pigs are raised today. Unlike traditional pig farming where the animals are allowed to room free in the earth and eat whatever they can dig up and roll around in their own waste, most of today's pigs are raised in a controlled environment inside barns. The nostalgia attached to traditional farming has led many to believe that the farming methods of the past are better. This is not true. Modern farming methods produce healthier animals and safer food.

The pigs in controlled barns enjoy a comfortable and constant temperature year round just like you and I do in our own homes. This controlled environment allows the pigs to have less stress from things like changing weather and helps keep the pigs disease free.

The pig pens have slats that allow the pig waste to exit the pen so they do not have to lay in it.

Today's pigs are also fed a controlled diet specific to their needs (mostly corn and soy) and not subjected to forage for food like insects and worms. It's often through this foraging that they pick up disease.

Raising healthy, stress free pigs is not only good for the pigs, but it's good for the consumer too. It's because of these modern farming practices that today's pork is safer to eat, much leaner, and more tender than pork raised the traditional way. It's why, as consumers, we no longer have to worry about things like Trichinosis in our pork.


Breaded Oven Baked Pork Chops on a white plate



Breaded Oven Baked Pork Chops


Now that we've established why today's farming methods are better for pigs and for you, let's make some Breaded Oven Baked Pork Chops! 

These Breaded Oven Baked Pork Chops are a comfort food meal my family enjoys often. I do like to purchase a thicker cut pork chop for this recipe. Look for chops that are cut about an inch and a half thick for best results. If you can't find chops that thick in the meat case, ask your butcher to cut you some that size or purchase a boneless loin roast and cut them yourself. 


Can I use bone in chops when I make Breaded Oven Baked Pork Chops?



Yes! You can use bone in pork chops when you make Breaded Oven Baked Pork Chops. I prefer the boneless chops because there is less waste. If you do use bone in chops (Ribeye pork chops), you will still want thick, one and half inch cut pork chops. Be advised that you may need to increase the time you cook them in the oven if you do. 


Close up Breaded Oven Baked Pork Chop on a plate with a fork


How to make Breaded Oven Baked Pork Chops



When I make these Breaded Oven Baked Pork Chops, I like to start with 1 1/2 inch thick boneless center cut (sirloin) pork chops. I look for chops with visible marbling. Just like with beef, the marbling will help keep the pork chop juicy.  I season them generously with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper. I did not supply a salt and pepper amount in the recipe for this step. Season as much or as little as you like. 



Raw pork chops on tray with salt and pepper


Next, I set up a breading station. Flour, egg wash, and seasoned bread crumbs are placed either on paper plates (easy clean up!) or in pie plates side by side. I like to add a little extra umph to the seasoned bread crumbs with some spices and cheese. I chose liquid egg substitute for the egg wash because it's more viscous and clings to the pork better than regular eggs. You can use regular eggs instead of egg substitute though, and still have good results.


Picture tutorial on breading pork chops

I try to use one hand to do the flour and egg dipping and the other to finish with the bread crumbs. But I'll be honest, I usually end up with coated fingers on each hand!

Next, I heat some oil in a pan and I quickly brown all sides of the pork chops in batches before I bake them in the oven. This ensures you'll have a crispy outside on the oven baked pork chops. However, you can skip this step if you wish and place the breaded chops directly onto a prepared baking pan and drizzle them with oil.  You will get a less crispy and brown outside, but the oven baked pork chops will still be delicious!


Breaded pork chops in pan

How long should I cook pork chops in the oven? 



Pork chops should be baked to an internal temperature of around 145 degrees F. You can check the temperature with an instant read thermometer placed into the center of the thickest chop. Once they reach that temperature (with this recipe for Breaded Oven Baked Pork Chops baked at 375 degrees F that should be about 12 - 15 minutes), you will want to let them sit for 3 - 5 minutes before serving.


Is pork safe to eat if I cut into it and it's has a touch of pink color to it?



Yes! Pork that is cooked to 145 degrees F will have a blush of pink and as long as it's been cooked to 145 degrees F, it's safe to eat. 

In fact, thanks in part to modern pig farming techniques and cooking your oven baked pork chops to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F, you'll be sure that each bite will be juicy, flavorful and perfectly safe to eat! 


Piece of cut breaded oven baked pork chop on fork with rest of pork chop on plate






Oven Baked Pork Chops
main dish, pork
American
Yield: 6 servings

Oven Baked Pork Chops

Crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, thick cut oven baked boneless center cut breaded pork chops are comfort food you know and love!
prep time: 15 minscook time: 15 minstotal time: 30 mins

ingredients:


  • 6 thick cut boneless, center cut (Sirloin) pork chops (about 1 1/2 inch thick)
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 6 TBS  liquid egg substitute (OR 2 large eggs, slightly beaten with 2 TBS water) 
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup  grated Parmesan cheese 
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Vegetable, Canola, or Corn oil for frying

instructions


  1. Season chops with some kosher salt and pepper, to your liking. 
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray.  Set aside.
  3. Set up breading station. In three small plates/pie plates put the flour in one, the egg substitute (or egg mixture) in one, and 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs in one. To the plate with the seasoned bread crumbs, mix in 1 tsp. garlic powder, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1 tsp. kosher salt, 1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper, and a pinch of cayenne pepper with a fork. 
  4. Begin breading the chops by coating a chop in the flour, followed by the egg, then into the bread crumb mixture. Press the bread crumbs firmly into the chop and set on a plate. Continue the process with the rest of the chops. 
  5. In a large skillet, heat about 2 TBS oil on med/high heat until the oil begins to shimmer. Add the chops, one or two at a time (depending on the size of your chops and your pan) and brown for 2  - 3 minutes per side. Brown on all sides.  Once the chops are lightly browned, place on prepared baking sheet at least 2 " apart.   Add more oil to the skillet if needed and brown the remaining chops, then place on baking sheet. 
  6. Cook in oven for 12 - 15 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chops are about 145 degrees F.  Remove from oven and let stand for 3 - 5 minutes before serving.  

NOTES:

You can skip the pan browning and put the breaded pork chops directly onto the prepared pan, drizzle with oil, and bake at 375 degrees F for 15 - 20 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chops are 145 degrees F, followed by a rest of 3 - 5 minutes before serving.
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