Grilled Italian Pork Chops

So easy and quick!

So easy and quick!

As a new mom I can really appreciate a recipe that has few ingredients, a brief prep and cooking time, and the ability to satisfy.If I can’t do most of it while holding a baby, it just might not get done. Moms have to multitask. There is just too much to get done! Even now as I am typing this I am nursing the wee Violet, planning dinner for tonight in the back of my head, and having a belated breakfast.

My in-laws came for dinner this week, and I knew I needed to find something low carb and pork or beef based to feed them that would be super quick (my MIL has dietary restrictions). A quick scan of the interwebs and I found this recipe for grilled pork chops and 10 minutes later I was back from the store with some lovely loin chops (*my husband was trained as a butcher and always tells me when choosing meat to pick anything with the word “loin” in it for lots of flavour). For the Italian seasoning, I highly recommend the PC Italian Seasoning grinder, which is my most used spice and the best commercial seasoning I have ever found. Sometimes when I adapt a recipe, it takes a few goes to get it right but this one was a winner right from the get-go. Our guests loved it, I used up all the super sweet cherry tomatoes from my CSA share, and there was minimal cleanup. Welcome to the weekly line up, Grilled Italian Pork Chops- I hope you enjoy your stay 🙂

Grilled Italian Pork Chops

serves 4 

6 pork chops*

1 cup of Italian salad dressing

1 pint of cherry or grape tomatoes

a few tablespoons of grape seed or olive oil

6 sandwich size slices of mozzarella

Italian seasoning**

salt and pepper

small handful of basil, chopped

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Place pork chops in bag or dish and coat with dressing. Marinate for 15 minutes to overnight.

Place tomatoes on foil lined cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with Italian seasoning and salt and pepper.

Roast at 400 for 20 minutes or until a little browned/blackened on top.  Set aside.

Oil and preheat grill to medium-high. Place chops on grill and sprinkle with salt and pepper and some Italian seasoning.

Grill for 2-4  minutes, then do a quarter turn (for nice grill marks) and grill for another 2-4 minutes (depending on thickness of chops). Flip and grill for another 2-4 minutes. Do another quarter turn then layer on your cheese, tomatoes (a few per chop) and basil and grill for the remaining 2- 4 minutes for a total of 8-16 minutes (roughly).

Let rest a few minutes before serving.

 

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Baked Breaded Pork Chops

Alright, this seems easy but for some reason breaded pork chops have always been a bit of trouble for me and are either not crispy enough, too greasy, or the meat is overcooked.

Usually I do either flour, egg and milk, and seasoned breadcrumbs and either fry or bake, but today I tried an easier recipe as I was tired and short on time and had no milk.

The result was amazing! Very moist and crispy, even though I have yet to invest in a rack to bake them on, which a lot of recipes seem to recommend.

I baked these on convection with baked potatoes for the same amount of time, and it worked out great. An addition of peas and a very effortless but satisfying meal was created.

3-4 pork chops, no bone (3/4″ thick)
3/4 cup ranch salad dressing ( I used Kraft but I prefer Rene’s)
salt and pepper
italian breadcrumbs
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella or parmesan or other cheese

Preheat oven.
Spread out salad dressing on plate and use tongs to coat pork evenly
Mix together cheese, salt and pepper, and breadcrumbs on plate and coat pork evenly.
Place on foil lined cookie sheet and bake for 40-50 minutes