April 07, 2014

Quick and Easy Breaded Pork Chops (Italian Seasoning Mix and Bread Crumbs)

This morning I have pork chops in the refrigerator to use for dinner tonight. I wasn't sure how I would make them, but I came to the computer this morning and as I sat down in my chair, a little snippet of an old housewife's poem came to mind;

"What makes a housewife's hair turn gray, is what to cook each blessed day!"

Just for the heck of it, I typed it into the search box and found I had mentioned this same poem back in January of 2009.  Ready for the irony factor?  It was on a post about what to do with.... pork chops!  

Here is a repost from January 9, 2009;

I have a vast collection of old cookbooks. I actually have one from right around 1910 that I dearly love, but most of my cookbooks are circa 1930's - 1980's. About half of them are church and school fundraising cook books. One of the things they love to put in them are little quips and poems and sayings on each page. Although I don't remember the whole verse, tonight there is one on my mind and the end of it goes like this;

... but what makes a housewife's hair turn gray
is "What to cook?" each blessed day!

So today after arriving home from work an hour late, I looked in the refrigerator and the little prose that I typed above came to mind... 'what to cook each blessed day......' Well, today is pork chops. And not in the mood for making a huge dinner out them I opted for a simple breading.

Here is where my regular readers will be thankful I've preached to them to always, always save 'extra' bread. The heels of loaves, day old bread you know you won't eat. The last bun in the package. The bruschetta and baguettes left over from Thanksgiving... get them out of the freezer and run them through your food processor!

To a pile of about 2 cups of bread crumbs add;
1 dry package Italian Salad Dressing Mix
1-2 garlic powder or a mixture of garlic pepper seasoning

Lay each pork chop into the breading mixture and press the mixture into the chop to seal. I flip mine two or three times and press firmly.

Place in a pan (I like to line my pans with foil for easy clean up) and either spray heavily with cooking spray or add about 2-3 T oil of your choice. I like to use the oil because it forms a nice crust on the pork chops.

Here they are, ready for the oven! Bake at 400 degree's for approximately 35 minutes or until done in the centers. Serve with your favorite side dish. I served them tonight with cooked cauliflower and baby carrots with a simple 4-cheese sauce. Enjoy!

*can be used on chicken breasts too!!Print Friendly and PDF