Whatever your goal, boneless Parmesan-crusted pork chops fall right into step. They are simple to prepare, which is a good thing, especially on those days when you’re pressed for time and you can still foster the impression that you fussed endlessly in the kitchen. The result is the irresistible combination of a moist, juicy chop with the crunchy sensation of bread crumbs, heightened by the smooth presence of Parmesan cheese.
Make your Parmesan crust coating with a mixture of grated Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs. Use your favorite store-bought variety or make your own by tearing Asiago cheese, or French or Italian bread into pieces, and then running them through a food processor until the crumbs reach the size you desire. Alternatively, use salty or cheesy crackers or cereal flakes to create the crumbs. Sprinkle the mixture with thyme or oregano, if you desire.
Set up your coating station so that your pork chop dinner comes together in a jiffy. In one dish, mix flour, salt and pepper. In a second dish, stir several eggs and some milk or melt some butter. Put the Parmesan crust crumbs in a third dish.
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Set a cooling rack sprayed with nonfat cooking spray on top of the sheet so that the chops get crispy on the bottom.
Dip a chop in flour, then in the milk or butter mixture. Place the chop in the third bowl, coating it thoroughly on both sides with the Parmesan crumbs. Place the chop on the rack and put the baking sheet in the oven.
Bake the chops for about 25 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 145 F when you insert an instant-read thermometer in the thickest part of the chop. Let the chops rest for three to five minutes before serving, according to Food Safety.gov.
Items you will need
- Grated Parmesan cheese
- Bread, crackers or cereal flakes
- Thyme or oregano (optional)
- 3 dishes or bowls
- Eggs and milk or melted butter
- Baking sheet
- Aluminum foil
- Cooling rack
- Nonfat cooking spray
- Instant-read thermometer
- Serve your pork chops with garlic mashed potatoes enhanced with fresh Parmesan cheese.
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