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Make Your Pork Chops Come Alive

by Elaine Gallagher 2 years ago in recipe
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Make Your Pork Chops Come Alive
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If you are like most people, pork chops are very difficult to enjoy unless they are cooked a certain way. I often feel that, unlike other meat, pork chops can often be too dry, hard to swallow and not that enjoyable.

So then I decided to explore cooking pork chops to make them even tastier and put them into my cooking regimen. Here are a few ways I did this:

Pork Chops with Black Beans and Salsa

Ingredients:

4 boneless pork chops, chopped garlic, olive oil, 1 can black beans, 1 cup salsa (your choice of spiciness), garlic powder, onion powder, cilantro

For this recipe, I use boneless pork chops. In a skillet, I cook some olive oil and chopped garlic for a few minutes. Then, I add the pork chops and cook for about four minutes (turning once). The idea is to just brown the pork chops. Once they are ready, I add a can of black beans (do not drain) and about 1 cup of salsa. I lower the flame and have it simmer for about 20 minutes. You should add garlic powder, onion powder, cilantro and chili powder (if you like spicy). Turn pork chops every few minutes and cook at a low flame. If cooking in a cast iron skillet, you can put in oven for five to ten minutes to truly simmer. Add water or more salsa if you feel that the sauce is diminishing.

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I have also made this recipe in oven. Put all ingredients in a baking dish and cook at around 375 for 20-25 minutes. Check often and add water or more salsa if sauce is diminishing. The key to the moist pork chop is lots of sauce

Pork Chops With Sauerkraut (or Red Cabbage)

Ingredients:

4 boneless pork chops, chopped garlic, olive oil, 1 eight-ounce package of sauerkraut (can substitute with one cup of red cabbage), ½ cup water (you can use vegetable broth for more taste), garlic powder, onion salt,

Put olive oil and chopped garlic into a skillet and cook for a few minutes until hot. Add boneless pork chops and cook for four minutes (turning once) until slightly brown. Add sauerkraut (or red cabbage), garlic powder, onion salt, and ½ cup of water (or broth) and lower flame to a simmer. Cook for about 20 minutes turning pork chops midway. Then put cast iron skillet in oven for 5-10 minutes to simmer and cook deeper. If you prefer more browning, you can put on boil instead of bake. Feel free to add water if juice is diminishing. Keeping the pork chops moist is key to not being dry.

I have also made this recipe in a crock pot. Put garlic and oil in bottom for a few minutes and then add ingredients. Cook on low for a few hours. Be sure to add water to mixture to keep pork chops moist throughout cooking. If using a crock pot, feel free to use both sauerkraut and red cabbage. Continue seasoning to your own taste.

Pork Chops With Panko Bread Crumbs (Prep One hour in advance)

Ingredients:

4 boneless pork chops, 1 cup milk, 1 beaten egg, 1 cup panko bread crumbs, chopped garlic, olive oil

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Before cooking, soak pork chops in one cup of milk for about an hour. When ready to cook, simmer garlic and oil in pan. Dip each pork chop in egg batter and dip in panko crumbs. Put gently in skillet and turn after 10 minutes. Total cook time is 20 minutes. While cooking you can add garlic powder, onion salt or Italian seasoning. Serve hot and when browned enough for taste.

This is just a few ways to make pork chops tastier, juicier and a more exciting weekday dinner.

If you enjoyed this article, please share it on your social media and send it to someone you think will like it too! Check out my other articles in this section of Vocal for some great recipes.

Also, check out my blog, Just Me, at https://egallagher713.wordpress.com.

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About the author

Elaine Gallagher

I am an elementary educator and freelance writer. I enjoy writing about education, health and fitness and every day life issues. You can find my writing at egallagher.contently.com and my blog, Just Me, https://egallagher713.wordpress.com

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