Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Parmesan-Crusted Pork Chops

I got this recipe from Giada De Laurentiis, the feisty Italian chef on the Food Network. This is basically her twist on schnitzel, which I do enjoy making. A nice gremolata or even risotto would go nicely as a side dish. What I love about this dish is that it's affordable, easy to make, and come on, who doesn't love a pork chop?

INGREDIENTS (serves 4)

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup dried Italian-style bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cups freshly grated Parmesan
  • 4 (1/2 inch thick) center-cut pork loin chops (each about 10 to 12 ounces)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • Lemon wedges, for serving
  1. Whisk the eggs in a pie plate to blend. Place the bread crumbs in another pie plate. Place the cheese in a third pie plate.
  2. Sprinkle the pork chops generously with salt and pepper.
  3. Coat the chops completely with the cheese, patting to adhere.
  4. Dip the chops into the eggs, then coat completely with the bread crumbs, patting to adhere.
  5. Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a very large skillet over medium heat. Add pork chops, in batches if necessary, and cook until golden brown and the center reaches 150 degrees, about 6 minutes per side.
  6. Transfer the chops to plates and serve with lemon wedges.

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