Saturday, December 21, 2013

Perfect Pork Chops

Like most Paleo eaters, I typically stick to meat & veggies for dinner. To keep it from getting boring, I like to try different types and cuts of meat, and pair with seasonal veggies. 

Sometimes cooking meat can be scary- at least for me. I get a little nervous (especially with thicker cuts) that I'm going to undercook it. However, I also don't want to overcook the meat & dry it out. Through trial & error, I have come up with some magic equations that equal perfectly cooked cuts of meat. With this recipe, you can have a thick, juicy cut of meat~ worry-free.

Pork has gotten a bad reputation over the years, that it doesn't deserve. The pork chop is actually really lean- typically even more so than a chicken breast. I find that pork chops have a light, subtle flavor, and are a nice alternative to switch up your meat options. The neutral taste of the meat lends itself to many flavor combinations, but this is my favorite basic recipe. 

I love sautéing my pork chops in a pan before putting them in the oven. It allows the almond meal and spices to create a delicious crust on the outside that really seals in all of the juices. They are so easy to prepare, and are great served with cinnamon apples (click here for my easy recipe) and a green salad or crispy green beans.

I hope you enjoy this recipe~ & feel confident that your meat will turn out just right. Keep your eye out for my tips within the recipe, and please let me know if you give it a try! :)

Ingredients:

  • 2 pork chops (about 1 inch thick)
  • 2 tsp almond meal/flour
  • 1/4 tsp of each: garlic powder, italian seasoning, paprika, salt, & pepper
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
*Feel free to multiply the recipe.

Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF. 
  2. Combine the almond meal and spices. Evenly distribute the mixture to coat the pork chops on both sides. (Pat it on, so it really sticks to the meat)
  3. In a large pan, heat the coconut oil over medium to medium-high heat until melted. Add the pork chops & cook for 3 minutes (don't touch the meat once you've set it down~ let it brown & form a nice crust). Flip the pork chops, and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  4. Place the pork chops on a baking sheet lined with foil, and transfer to the oven for an additional 8 minutes.
  5. Remove the meat from the oven, and let it rest for 3 minutes before serving. (keeps it juicy!)



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11 comments:

Katie said...

This sounds like the perfect way to cook the pork chops I bought this week-- can't wait to try it tonight!

Jessie B said...

I hope you like 'em! You should try out the green beans or applesauce too :) Let me know how it goes!

Katie said...

They were AMAZING. I see them becoming a regular event in our house. Thanks for the recipe! :)

Jessie B said...

@Katie Yay! So glad to hear it :)

Anonymous said...

It only takes that long to cook?

Mackenzy Bailey said...

Making these tonight!

OneThickChick said...

This recipe is perfect. I love it. It has become our families go-to pork chop recipe. Thank you for posting.

tessalinn said...

This was truly a perfect porkchop! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! The flavor was amazing and they weren't overly dry. Thank you for such detailed instructions, especially regarding the timing in each step.

Jessie B said...

@OneThickChick I am so sorry I overlooked your comment! So glad you & your family enjoy the recipe :)

@tessalinn Thank you so much for your feedback! I always wonder if I'm too wordy in my directions, or if they're helpful. I'm so glad you enjoyed the pork chops! :)

Anonymous said...

I came across this recipe when I googled paleo pork chops yesterday, and it was delicious! My fiancé loved it so much, and it was a great way to have a paleo meal that he didn't realize was paleo, haha. I loved that it was also quite easy to make, especially considering how tasty it turned out to be.

Jessie B said...

Thank you so much for your feedback! I'm glad you found me, and so happy you & your fiancé enjoyed the recipe! Sneaky Paleo recipes are always the best ones ;)