Baking pork may sound intimidating to some, especially since baking is not exactly the type of cooking that is closely accompanied to pork. When it comes to pork, the most usual cooking style is grilling or roasting. However, baked pork chops have recently gained popularity especially towards those who want a more healthy way of cooking pork.
There are a lot of recipes for baking pork. Some of which are quite hard to follow, while some requires some pretty unusual ingredients. This recipe is relatively easy to follow, and the ingredients are also easy to acquire. Unlike barbecue or grilled pork chops, baking pork does not require any marinade or marinating. The dish can be prepared with the need to mix in with spices and let it sit overnight in order to achieve a flavorful taste.
Preparing this dish takes about 10 minutes. The actual cook time takes about 20 minutes, or depending on the consistency of the pork that you want. It is highly recommended to use fresh pork, rather than frozen. Frozen pork tend to lose its juices and has a rather ugly consistency.
6 pork chops, trimmed
2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 egg, beaten
1 pinch of garlic powder
1 pinch of seasoned salt
Pour the melted butter into a 9×13-inch baking dish. Make sure that the entire bottom part of the dish is covered in butter. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and milk for about a minute. Dip the pork chops into the mixture, making sure that each cut is properly covered. After dipping the pork chops in the egg and milk mixture, arrange them in the baking dish. Make sure that the pork chops are not on top of each other. Sprinkle each side of the pork chops with garlic powder, and salt. Pepper can be an optional addition here, although this depends on the taste that you want to achieve.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Bake the pork chops in the preheated about 10 minutes. Cooking time depends on how you want the meat to be done. Flip the pork chops and cook for another 10 minutes. Make sure that the pork chops are properly cooked and that there is no longer pink in the center of the meat. Using an instant-read thermometer, the pork chops are cooked when the center temperature read at about 145 degrees F.
When it comes to the choice of pork chops, even the ones with the bone still in are also applicable. When it comes to side dish options, this baked pork chops recipe comes perfect when a side of mashed potatoes and vegetables. Adding grated cheese on top of each pork chops when baking is also a great twist, although this also depends on the taste that you want to achieve. For added taste, a blend of soy sauce, lemon juice and ketchup can be added to the egg and milk mixture.