The Best Pork Chop Recipes
When feeding a family on a budget, pork chops are an economical choice. Pork chops are lean cuts of meat that are loaded with important vitamins and minerals. This white meat is quick to cook and can be paired with a long list of ingredients to create inspiring dinners in a matter of minutes. Pork chops are also versatile in the kitchen. Pork chops can be baked or broiled, pan fried or deep-fried, slow cooked or grilled, and barbequed or breaded. (For more slow cooked recipes, see The Best Slow Cooker Recipes).
Selecting The Best Chops
The corner grocery store and the local butcher supply a selection of pork chops that are appropriate for any type of pork chop meal. Choices will depend on how the chops will be prepared, personal tastes and whether the pork chops are on the menu for a special dinner or for family night around the dinner table. Pork chops range in thickness from 1/2-inch to two inches, and the thinner the pork chop, the quicker it will cook.
The Different Cuts Of Pork Chops
- Blade chops are cut from the shoulder, are flavorful and can be a tough cut of meat.
- Rib chops are cut from the rib end of the loin, are very tender and have good flavor.
- Loin chops are cut from the middle of the loin, are a very tender cut of meat and contain little fat.
- Sirloin chops are cut from the sirloin end of the loin, are a lean cut of meat and can be dry.
How To Choose A Pork Chop
- The meat should be fresh and reddish-pink in color.
- Pork chops stored in the original wrapping will keep in the refrigerator for 1 or 2 days.
- To freeze, wrap in plastic, foil or butcher paper. Thaw the wrapped and frozen pork in the refrigerator.
- Do not overcook. The internal temperature of the meat should be 160 degrees.
Cookbooks are full of pork chop recipes. Pork chops can accompany most fruits and vegetables. These recipes are quick to prepare and contain only a few ingredients. To complete the meal, serve with a salad, pasta dish, steamed vegetables or rice.
Baked Pork Chops & Apples
- Place four 1/2-inch thick pork chops in a shallow baking dish.
- Mix together 1/4 teaspoon each of pepper and sage. Add 1 tablespoon flour. Sprinkle mixture over chops.
- Slice one apple and layer over pork chops.
- Sprinkle 1 teaspoon sugar over apples. Dot with 1 tablespoon butter or vegetable spread.
- Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce oven to 350 and bake for 25 minutes. Baste with hot water or beef stock.
- Serves 4, Calories: 300
Broiled Pork Chops With Potato Chips
- Place four 1/2-inch thick pork chops and 1 bay leaf in a large saucepan. (For more information on different types of cooking pans, see The Best Cooking Pots And Pans.)
- Add boiling water until chops are half covered.
- Cover the saucepan and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove pork chops and pat dry.
- Thinly slice two potatoes.
- Brush pork chops and potato slices with oil. Lightly flour.
- Place on a broiler pan and place 4 inches under the oven’s broiler.
- Broil 6 to 7 minutes. Turn over the chops and potatoes and broil 6 to 7 minutes longer.
- Serves 4, Calories: 325
Pork Chops with Fried Onions
- Trim the fat from four thick pork chops.
- Brown the pork chops in a fry pan. Remove from the pan.
- Slice one large onion and sauté in the fry pan. Add 1/2 cup hot water and 1 bouillon cube. Cover the fry pan.
- Cook until the water evaporates.
- Place pork chops in an oiled baking dish. Cover with fried onions.
- Pour water from fry pan and 1/4 cup dry white wine in baking dish.
- Cover baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 1 to 1-1/2 hours, until meat is tender.
- Serves 4, Calories: 325
Curried Pork Chops
- Mix 1-1/2 teaspoons curry powder and 2 tablespoons flour.
- Rub mixture over four 1-inch thick pork chops.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in fry pan and lightly brown pork chops on both sides.
- Slowly add 2 cups beef broth.
- Cover and cook for 40 minutes. Turn chops after 20 minutes.
- Serves 4, Calories: 300
Pork Chops and Vegetable Sauté
- Mix together 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/4 cup flour.
- Use mixture to coat 4 thick cut pork chops.
- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a fry pan and sauté pork chops until golden brown. Remove chops and set aside.
- Add 1 sliced onion and 1 sliced bell pepper to fry pan and sauté until soft.
- Add 1 cup stewed tomatoes, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 2 cups boiling water and 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce. Bring to a boil.
- Add pork chops to vegetable mixture. Cover and simmer for 35 to 40 minutes. (For more sauté and Asian inspired recipes, see The Best Easy Asian Recipes).
- Serves 4, Calories: 350
Sweet and Sour Pork Chops
- Brown 4 pork chops in a frying pan.
- Add 1 chopped onion, 1 cup tomato sauce, 1/4 cup cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon sugar, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
- Cover and cook for 30 minutes.
- Chop half a head of cabbage and add to pork chops.
- Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Remove pork chops and mix cabbage with sauce.
Pork chops are an inexpensive and versatile cut of meat. Chops can accompany most any side dish and it is the one meat that can be paired with fruits to create a different dinner taste. These recipes are just the beginning. Explore cookbooks and internet recipe collections for even more exciting and tasty pork chop dishes.