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.
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 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.
Add parmesan cheese, crackers, pepper, parsley, Italian seasoning, garlic, and onion powder in a mini chopper or food processor.
Pulverize until it has a bread crumb texture.
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.
Fry pork chops in oil for about 4-5 minutes on each side or until slightly browned.
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.