I’ve got a little bit of a story about this new crispy pork recipe. The first time I made it my 11-year-old was at a friend’s house so she didn’t get to try it with us. So, I hesitantly sent her leftover pork cut up (and cold!) in her lunchbox the next day. I thought she might not know what it was, but I honestly didn’t have anything else good I could easily pack so I just crossed my fingers and sent it anyway.
When she got home from school I was relieved to see her lunchbox was empty and she was very inquisitive about the “steak” I sent her. And since then she’s asked me several times to make it again! I was thinking wow, she must love it more than I ever thought she would if she’s only had it cold and can’t wait to have it again! So I was thrilled to be able to appease her request by making the beloved mystery “steak” for her again last week. Gotta love a win like that in the kitchen. :) And I know you’ll love how quick and easy this one is and the fact that it uses whole-grain crackers (along with some seasonings) for the crust. It’s definitely a good one to add into your weeknight meal rotation. Enjoy.
- 14 whole-grain woven wheat crackers (such as Triscuits or the Back to Nature version)
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 4 boneless thin-cut pork chops (about ¾” thick)
- Optional garnish: Freshly grated parmesan cheese or homemade honey mustard sauce
- In a food processor pulse together the crackers and spices (all the way down to the pepper) until crumbly. Spread on a large plate and set aside.
- Coat both sides of the pork chops with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. It helps to throw it all in a big baggie together and toss it around.
- Press the pork chops into the cracker mixture until well coated on all sides.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the pork chops until golden brown on both sides and no longer pink in the middle, about 3 to 4 minutes each side.
- Top with optional garnish if desired and serve.
- Alternatively you could bake the chops in the oven at 450 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes (or until no longer pink in the middle).