Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Rollin' with my homies...or pork chops.

I'm not a huge cook. When I got married, one of my sisters gave me a recipe book with family recipes in it. I have added to it over the years....more recipes from family members and friends. For the first time ever, I added my OWN recipe to it....well, one I found on the Internet...all my myself, thank you very much. It's really easy, relatively low fat and very yummy.

It's name was originally Low-Fat, Oven-Baked Pork Chops, but that's way too boring, so we came up with a new name for it...Baked Buttermilk Pork Chops. That'll do for now. My creative juices aren't flowing tonight.

So, taking a page from Pioneer Woman Cooks, here are the ingredients you need:

Pork chops, buttermilk, bread crumbs, basil, paprika, lemon pepper and garlic salt.
Here's a close-up of the pork chops I bought at our local Tom Thumb.


Then I measured out two cups of buttermilk


and poured it in a bowl.



And then added the pork chop.

and all the other pork chops. Then the bowl goes into the refrigerator for an hour while the pork chops soak in the buttermilk.


After the hour was up, I talked my 11 year old, Donny, into helping me. He poured the bread crumbs, basil, lemon pepper, paprika and garlic salt into a bigger dish. (He was on crutches for a sprained ankle at the time.)



This is the mixture before it was..uh, mixed. Then we put the hour-long soaked pork chop into the mixture and coated both sides.



And then placed it on a baking sheet that I covered in aluminum foil.

And here they all are, ready to go into the oven, where they cook at425 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
While they cook in the oven, I cut up a ripe Cantaloupe into a bowl...


and prepare some broccoli covered in lemon pepper.


and, then, tadaaaa, the pork chops are done!



This was a new favorite in my home! My husband, my two sons, my elderly father and I all love them. You can, of course, serve whatever side dishes sound good to you.

Here's the actual recipe (I doubled everything):


4 pork chops - trimmed of fat

1 cup low-fat buttermilk

1 cup fine dry breadcrumbs

2 tsp. dried basil

2 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. lemon pepper

1/2 tsp. garlic salt


-Allow pork chops to soak in buttermilk, refrigerated, for at least 1 hour.

-Combine bread crumbs and remaining spices; spread mixture onto wax paper.

-Coat each pork chop in dry mixture.

-Place pork chops on greased cookie sheet and bake in a 425 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, or until chops are no longer pink inside.

41 comments:

Valarie said...

Those look really good, I might just try those sometime soon.

Jeff B said...

Life is good when pork chops are for dinner. Yum!

Rhea said...

Valarie - They are really yummy. The spices give it a little kick and the bread crumbs give it just a little crunch.

Jeff - My husband is not a big chicken fan (unless it's fried) so I try to find lots of beef and pork recipes to keep him happy...throwing in the occasional chicken or turkey. :o)

amanda said...

They look delicious. Also, I LOVE your countertops.

Rhea said...

Amanda - They are super delicious! I love my countertops too, thanks!

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Shanana said...

Thanks for visiting our crazy family's blog. Stop by any time. I loved the pictures you have of the flowers on your site as well.

VBF! said...

hahahaha this is brilliant!! I LOVE the photo effect! I could actually be a good housewife from all the tips I've got off you! :-) xx

Jules said...

Okay. So now I'm really hungry! Yum!

CrystalChick said...

Always nice to get a new recipe! :)

Kim said...

I'm coming for dinner!

Burfica said...

looks very easy and very yummie, I prefer to bake instead of fry anything.

~**Dawn**~ said...

Those sound fantastic! I am always looking for a new way to cook pork chops!

Kat said...

Yum. Porkchops are a favorite here. Did your kids enjoy helping? Cooking is the only domestic thing that I do. I am such a princess :-)

Rhea said...

Shanana - I enjoyed your blog! Thanks for coming by mine. I can't resist some flower photos thrown in with everything else.

VBF - Oh, haha, you mean playing kings isn't conducive for good housewifies? lol

Jules - They are super yummy, I promise.

Crystal Chick - Hope you enjoy it!

Rhea said...

Kim - last night's dinner was non-exsistent. It was fend-for-yourselves night.

Burfica - It's very easy, trust me, if I can cook it. I don't fry things ever.

Dawn - It was a new take on pork chops for me, but then, I'm not the hugest cook in the world.

Kat - Donny was a big helper. Remy didn't help during his window of opportunity and then was very upset it had passed. Kids!

Andrea said...

I like the new photo on your blog! Wow! Your blog is really taking off!

There is a good recipe that we tried off the Hellman's jar for "Parmesean Chicken". (We saw it at lunch-time and tried it for dinner). Simple, 3-ingredients and super moist! Maybe it could adapt to chops...

I like the lake escape! I forgot how pretty Texas can be (and warm). Spring-not here yet, although I saw 60's predicted this weekend. It's still 20-30's at night :(.

You are a good photographer! I love the irises!

I scanned through your entries....very interesting! I like to see what's going on in your neck of the woods ;)

Rhea said...

Andrea - I'd love to hear your recipe. Glad you enjoyed the flower pictures and the park adventure. I love hearing what's going on in your neck of the woods also...just a hop, skip and a jump across the pond, right? How's the weather in Germany right now?

tearese said...

thats funny...when I first saw the ingredients picture I thought, "Wow, that looks just like on PW's website." then I saw that you meant it that way.

Rhea said...

I think Pioneer Woman is awesome! I love her picture, step-by-step recipe format, so I decided to steal a page from her book...but give her credit, of course.

Karen said...

I stuggle with ways to cook pork chops - I've never liked them and consequently, neither does my family. (I guess I've passed down the genes...lol) I will have to try this one, though, because it actually looks like it would taste good. I am not a fan of frying things - and the only way I've ever eaten chops is pan fried.

Rhea said...

Karen - It's really yummy, I promise. Try it!

wehave9 said...

Looks like a great recipe...and it must be really nice to get your childrens help in cooking. But we don't "do" pork chops around here. But I am going to show my kids how nicely your son is helping you!

Tam said...

LOOKS LIKE A GREAT RECIPE! I have to add this to my MUST TRY!

Lula! said...

This is so ME. I will be making these TOMORROW, in fact. Yum.

Lula! said...

This is so ME. I will be making these TOMORROW, in fact. Yum.

Mommy's Kitchen said...

Those pork chops look good. I love buttermilk so I am going to give them a try. I am not to far from you, well not sure exactly where you are but I live in Mesquite just outside Big D. So Howdy Neighbor. I love your blog.

Shannon said...

Pork chops are a favorite in my home, so I'm always looking for new ways to cook them! I'll have to give this one a try! Thanks!

angie said...

I'll have to try this one. :)

Amy said...

I loooove pork chops. Thanks!

I've been seeing you around all over the blogosphere, so I've added you to my reader :)

Congrats on being featured as a saucey chef!

Kat said...

I can't believe I never made these. And I am always curious to know if anyone actually makes the recipes that I post.

And it's so funny looking at our old profile pictures :-)

Stephanie said...

You had me at "soak in buttermilk." These are getting cooked at my house soon!!!!

Angie said...

Congrats on your feature today!! I love pork chops, so thanks for another great recipe to add to my tiny repetoire.

sassy stephanie said...

congrats on your feature today saucy chef!

Vixen said...

Those chops look and sound fantastic. So glad you shared this recipe, I will definitely try it this week.

Tiffany said...

Can't wait to make these... my husband will love it!

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

This is great. I recently bought lots of pork chops on sale. They are all in the freezer waiting for this recipe!

Karen said...

I often bread my pork chops and add spices and herbs to the breading..

Like your spice & herb combination for these..

Dee Martin said...

these look yum - gonna have to try them soon!

Angela said...

Yum! These look great! I love recipes that bake in the oven (even in the summer) because on worknights, it gives me that few minutes to prepare side dishes while I don't have to babysit the main dish. And I can have a few sips of wine and transition from work to dinner without feeling so rushed. Will definitely try these!

gypsy-heart said...

Rhea I loved seeing your son helping you...I miss those times. :(

Excellent pictures too..thanks for sharing!