Italian Parmesan Pork Chops

Sometimes I feel sorry for the pork chop. It gets a bad rap as being a boring dinner entree. And, granted, at times it earns that reputation. Without much spice, the pork chop can be dull, dry, and tough to chew. But with a little seasoning and effort, the plain pork chop can become a well-loved dinner that everyone enjoys. Kind of like life, huh? It takes a little effort to make a dull, boring life into a beautiful work of art that everyone in the family enjoys, but it is so worth the effort.

Italian Parmesan Pork Chops take a little more effort than some of the dishes we present to you on The Hill Hangout, but they have become a family favorite for us. Served with homemade mashed potatoes or creamy noodles, they are comfort food. And they make my people glad they get to eat around our table.

Italian Parmesan Pork Chops

Here’s what you’ll need…

4 pork chops (I used boneless, center cut, but you could use bone-in chops as well.)
2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 sleeve of crackers
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon dried chopped parsley
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 egg
1 tablespoon water

Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Spray baking dish with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash pork chops and pat dry with a paper towel.

Italian Parmesan Pork Chops

Add parmesan cheese, crackers, pepper, parsley, Italian seasoning, garlic, and onion powder in a mini chopper or food processor.

Italian Parmesan Pork Chops

Pulverize until it has a bread crumb texture.

Italian Parmesan Pork Chops

Beat egg with water. Pour egg wash in one dish and bread crumbs in another. Dredge pork chops in egg wash and then bread crumb mixture.

Italian Parmesan Pork Chops

Fry pork chops in oil for about 4-5 minutes on each side or until slightly browned.

Italian Parmesan Pork Chops

Transfer to a baking dish and bake for about 30 minutes.

Behold the beauty of the seasoned pork chop. And behold the beauty of the seasoned life. They both take a little effort, but you will definitely reap more than you sow.

Jesus, the Founder and Perfecter of Our Faith

Cross

“…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

With the winds of Good Friday blowing through my thoughts today, my eyes are turned to the cross. The cross, that most brutal and shameful of death instruments, became beautiful and redeeming. It was there that our perfect savior literally became sin for us so that we might become children of God.

Sin is ugly, destructive, and leads to death. It is hard to think about and even harder to admit, but our sin separates us so far from a holy God that nothing we can do or say is powerful enough or pure enough to reconcile us to Him. Our best efforts to save ourselves fall much too short. We need someone to bridge the gap, someone who can bring us to God and speak on our behalf and plead our case. We need a Savior.

In sacrificing Himself on the cross for us, Jesus became our Redeemer. He became that good and perfect sacrifice which paid our sin debt and gave us another chance with God our Father. It doesn’t make sense, really. And I’m continually confused and amazed and almost unbelieving that He would do it for a sinner like me. And yet, in His great love, He walked the road to Calvary, struggling under the weight of the cross and the sin that He carried. And He gave His life to purchase mine.

He became the founder of my faith.

It is too good to imagine, and yet it is Truth. And what’s more, He didn’t leave it at that. He knew that in my weakness I would fall away. Though He gave His life for me, I would choose to let other idols slip into my focus. He knew that I would be just like Israel, following one day and turning away the next. I would vow my devotion to Him, but continually be caught up in the things of the world. He knew that He would have to sustain me.

He became the perfecter of my faith.

The absolute relief that comes from His sacrifice is that none of it is about me. My salvation comes from His work, and His alone. He reached out to me and made me His own when I could not and would not have come to Him on my own. And He does it again and again as I go through life.

My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ the solid rock I stand.
All other ground is sinking sand.

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