Quick and Easy Pork Chop Recipes You Can’t Mess Up
When it comes to feeding your family a quick weeknight meal that is budget-friendly and a crowd pleaser, there are few meat dishes more popular than pork chops. This hearty protein will satisfy your taste buds and fill you up.
Pork chops attached to the bone disperse the flavor throughout the meat, making bone-in pork chop dishes beloved by many. They take a little longer to cook, but may be worth the wait for the extra flavor and attractive presentation.
Boneless pork chops are trimmed of fat and bone, so they are leaner. To keep them juicy, we recommend a faster cooking method like grilling, broiling, or pan searing. Boneless pork chops are particularly convenient for busy folks and hungry families because you can make a delicious meal quickly..
Whether bone-in or boneless, pork chops cook relatively quickly, making them easy to incorporate into a weeknight dinner. Here are a few of our favorite recipes that are simple to make for cooks of any skill level, using either pork cut.
Pork Chops with Red Eye Gravy
Pork chops can sometimes be a bit tough, and dry if overcooked. This recipe is fantastic because it adds a thick gravy to the pork chop, contributing both moisture and tenderness to the meat. A Southern favorite is to use drippings of pan-fried country ham and black coffee to concoct the gravy. The term “red eye” comes from the appearance of the grease on the top layer.
Since fat carries the flavor in food, this gravy packs the final dish with plenty of flavor. With prep time of 10 minutes and cook time of 20, this dish can be on the table as quickly as possible to feed your hungry brood!
Herb Crusted Pork Chops
Is it just us, or is everything better breaded? This recipe for herb-crusted pork chops has a delightful flavor combination, with fresh herbs like parsley and tarragon — plus a delectable mustard coating. Use a cast iron skillet for the best browning.
The dish also takes less than 30 minutes total to prepare and cook, making it the perfect option for a tight schedule.
Balsamic and Rosemary Grilled Pork Chops
For a lighter option, try this savory recipe. It relies on balsamic vinegar, which is naturally fat-free, packed with antioxidants, and contains minimal amounts of natural sugar. Balsamic vinegar gives a tangy-sweet kick to the dish, while the herbal seasoning perfectly complements it without overpowering the pork flavor. Not only will fresh rosemary and garlic taste heavenly, but your house will smell like an Italian restaurant!
You can prep these before heading out the door in the morning if you’d like — since you can leave them marinating in the fridge for up to 8 hours — then come home and pop them on the grill. Don’t have all day to wait on your marinade? Don’t worry. One hour of refrigeration in the glaze is all it needs.
Pan Seared Pork Chops with Easy Pan Gravy
Have some of the basic kitchen staples — like butter, flour, half-and-half, and olive oil? Got 20 minutes total? Great! You can make this recipe.
When the meat is done cooking, allowing the pork to rest in foil will not only thoroughly cook the meat by raising its internal temperature, but will also seal in the juicy flavor. And the combination of half-and-half, flour, and butter will create an excellent base for a creamy gravy that’s not too thick… and is a cinch to make.
What Makes Coleman Natural Pork Chops So Great?
Enjoy speedier meal prep with high-quality bone-in and boneless pork chops from Coleman Natural Foods. All of our pork products are sourced from American Humane Certified farms that raise animals 100% crate-free and never use antibiotics or growth hormones.
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