Cooking 101: Pork Chops!
Accounting for 10% of total pork consumption in the U.S., pork chops are a tender and tasty lean protein source that are a favorite for many. Because of their low fat content, overcooking could lead to dryness, but stick to the tips and tricks in this cooking 101 and you’re guaranteed a tasty chop every time!
Pork chops are pieces cut from the whole pork loin. Also known as rib chops or center-cut chops, bone-in includes the bone and boneless have the bone cut away.
Bone-In or Boneless?
Boneless are easier to prep, but because so much of the fat is removed they can be seen as less flavorful than bone-in. Boneless chops cook in about 3-4 minutes per side depending on the thickness, but a meat thermometer is suggested to avoid drying them out. For pork chops, roasts, loin and tenderloins an internal temperature of 145º F is best with at least 3 minutes to rest.
Ways To Cook
High-heat, quick cooking methods are the best for this lean cut of pork. The best to choose from are:
Pork chops that are about 1 inch thick are best when the grill has been preheated over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes. Sear them over direct heat for 2-3 minutes then move to indirect heat for 5-6 minutes.
Try This: Garlic & Thyme Grilled Pork Chops
Great for bone-in or boneless, pan searing your pork chops is excellent for chops with a crisp outside and moist inside. The trick to this is having your skillet good and hot over medium-high heat. Let 1 tablespoon of olive oil (or butter) get shimmering hot before adding your chops and letting them sear for 3-5 minutes before flipping to sear the other side until browned. When pan searing, a meat thermometer should read 135º F and 145º F once rested for 3-10 minutes.
Try This: Pan-Fried Pork Chops with Garlic Butter
Another method for tender, juicy and delicious chops is broiling in the oven! Simply season your chops as desired and lightly oil an oven-safe pan before preheating it for 5 minutes. Once preheated, place your pork chops on the pan and broil for 7-8 minutes per side. Let rest for 5 minutes before enjoying with your favorite sides!
Try This: Shake N Bake Pork Chops
Made with pounded-thin boneless pork chops, chops are coated in crunchy seasoned panko bread crumbs before being pan fried. A fairly simple recipe, you can have it all ready in 30 minutes. The recipe serves it with angel hair pasta with herbs and sweet and sour red cabbage, but this would also be great with German Potato Salad, spatzle, brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes or cole slaw!
Preheat the oven and grab your favorite stuffing, these pork chops are heavy in the best way! Stuffed with a Thanksgiving-style bread stuffing, this recipe will take 40 minutes in the oven and a little more to prep, but the end result is so hearty and delicious it is worth making time for. You can use your imagination when it comes to the stuffing too – spinach dip, sun-dried tomatoes and artichokes, apples and cheddar and mushrooms with goat cheese are also capital “D” Delicious!
Italian style breadcrumbs with garlic rosemary gravy? Yes please!!! Made with boneless pork chops, this recipe results in a beyond tasty dinner that would be great alongside mashed potatoes and sweet corn. Popular in the south, give it a try and tag us with #BestMarket, we would love to see!
Coated in a super creamy, garlicky mushroom sauce, this is one hearty pork chop recipe excellent for slow cooker season. Made over a layer of potatoes, your creamy sauce leaves them and the pork chops moist, flavorful and tender. Simply prepare your sauce in one pan, sear your pork chops in a pan, saute mushrooms and onions in the same pan before adding all to the slow cooker to 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.
Mojo pork is a must-try because it is such a unique blend of both Latin and tropical flavors like orange, Adobo, oregano, cumin and cilantro. Requiring 2 – 24 hours to marinate, your pork chops will absorb and develop the flavors until you are ready to grill. Served with creamy avocado and bright red onion, serve these pork chops with a fresh side salad for a night of pure deliciousness.
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August 25, 2020