Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops

I just made this for dinner tonight and wow, it was so good I had to blog it. Give it a try and if you think about leaving out the lemon wedge, don't, it makes the dish. (I actually used a lime wedge since I didn't have a lemon, but the citrus flavor added the last touch, so don't omit it!) It was so easy and took about 20 minutes prep and cook time. It is from Giada de Laurentis. Sorry I don't have a picture.

2 large eggs
1 cup dried Italian-style bread crumbs
3/4 cups freshly grated Parmesan
4 (1/2 to 3/4-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

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. Sprinkle the pork chops generously with salt and pepper. Coat the chops completely with the cheese, patting to adhere. Dip the chops into the eggs, then coat completely with the bread crumbs, patting to adhere.

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. Transfer the chops to plates and serve with lemon wedges.

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