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My mom is home from surgery and doing well. She does lots of the cooking in our home so while she is recuperating, my dad and I will be sharing in the cooking detail. Last night I cooked pork chops which were tender and juicy, which isn’t always easy when cooking pork chops. I learned how to bake pork chops years ago when I prepared my first chop and they were hard as a rock! I remember saying to my mom, “what’s the deal with pork chops, they are like eating a card board!” She laughed and said, “well did you use a meat tenderizer mallet?” Needless to say, I used one from that day forward. Mine is from Williams Sonoma but you can use any type of mallet.
How to bake pork chops
- 6 boneless pork chops
- garlic powder
- garlic salt
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 eggs beaten
- 2 cups bread crumbs I used progresso panko seasoned in separate dish
- 2 tablespoons honey dijon mustard
- 1/2 cup cooking white wine
- Spray a 13x9 glass baking dish
- Rinse pork chops and dry.
- Tenderize the chops using a meat tenderizer mallet. (do both sides)
- Season with garlic powder, garlic salt and pepper.
- Heat oil on medium heat in skillet and once hot, turn down to medium low and add the pork chops to the skillet cooking for 3 minutes on each side.
- Once seared for 3 minutes on each side, dip each chop in the beaten egg mixture and then dip in the bread crumbs. Add coated chop to glass baking dish and repeat until all the chops are finished.
- Add mustard and wine to the remaining oil in the skillet and stir until mixed well. Pour mixture over the breaded pork chops and bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes or until your thermometer reaches 160 degrees (no pink).
Recipe slightly adapted from all-recipes.
How to bake pork chops can be tricky if you don’t use a meat tenderizer mallet. I use the mallet on every piece of meat I cook including chicken! ha. I am sure some of you will disagree with that method but it works for me, so why not right? I remember in college, I cooked a steak for a new boyfriend that turned out disgusting and hard as a rock. I wish I knew about meat tenderizer mallets way back then! 🙂