Weeknight meal prep can be super simple with the right recipes and ingredients. We love finding meals that are easy to put together after a busy day errands, work, and kid shuffling. This parmesan crusted pork chop is exactly what we’re looking for: simple, tasty, and with just the right amount of effort involved to get a good meal on the table. Let me tell you just how easy it is to make this meal happen.
Pork chops are a good go-to protein; like chicken, it’s a fairly bland meat on its own, but a little seasoning and the right cooking methods help to bring out optimal flavor. One way to pep up pork is to coat it in flavor, in this case a blend of parmesan cheese and Italian seasonings bring great flavor and texture. I mean, who doesn’t like crispy cheese?!? A quick sear in a pan and then the pork chops head over to the oven to finish cooking. The end result is a tender piece of meat covered in a crisped cheesy coating. While the pork bakes, I can turn my attention to taking care of those end of the day odds and ends so that when dinner hits the table, everyone can relax.
There’s nothing too fancy here, just a simple meal with the right combination of ingredients. Weeknight cooking doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. And clean up is also easy, so there’s no reason to hunch over the kitchen sink scrubbing pots, pans, and dirty dishes. I like to serve this up with a side salad or maybe some roasted potatoes, keeping sides simple will maintain the simplicity of this meal. Getting good food on the table without too much fuss is a nice way to end a busy day, and this parmesan pork chop is about as simple and delicious as it gets!
Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops
40 minutes to prepare serves 4
- 4 boneless pork chops
- ⅓ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- 2 tablespoons Italian bread crumbs
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 pinch paprika
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat glass baking dish with cooking spray.
- Drizzle pork chops with 2 tablespoons olive oil, both sides.
- In a shallow bowl, combine Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, garlic powder, paprika, parsley, and pepper. Dredge pork chops into mixture until completely coated.
- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a skillet and sauté pork chops, 5 minutes each side.
- Place into baking dish and cook for 25-30 minutes (longer if using thicker pork chops).
Recipe adapted from Lil' Luna