Crunchy Pork Chops
Who in the world would think of baking pork chops with mayonnaise and Melba toast crumbs? Not me ~ that is, until I came across the recipe in The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook.
First off, coat the chops well with mayonnaise to give them a substantial crust. Seasoned Melba toast crumbs coat these oven-baked pork chops and helps make these pork chops extra-crispy. Don’t break the Melba toasts too much. The crumbs should have some pieces the size of small pebbles.
While an instant-read thermometer takes the guesswork out of determining when the meat is done, you can use the "nick-and-peek" method: Use a paring knife to make a slit in the top of the pork chop and take a look at the meat's interior.
These pork chops are delicious; very tender and moist with an excellent crunchy breading!
Ready for the oven
Crunchy Pork Chops
1 (5-ounce) box plain Melba toasts, broken into rough pieces
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper (my addition)
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon sugar
6 tablespoons mayonnaise
4 pork chops (6 ounces each)
Heat oven to 425 degrees.
Place Melba toasts, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, thyme and sugar in a zip-lock bag.
Seal the bag and pound to coarse crumbs, leaving some crumbs the size of small pebbles.
Add 2 tablespoons of the mayonnaise to the bag and work the mayonnaise into the crumb mixture.
Transfer the Melba crumb mixture to a large plate.
Working with one chop at a time, coat with 1 tablespoon mayonnaise (see my note below.)
Coat thoroughly with the Melba crumb mixture.
Press on the breadcrumbs to make sure they adhere, then lay the chop on a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet.
Bake the chops on the wire rack until the coating is a golden brown and the center of a chop registers 140 degrees on an instant-red thermometer, 16 to 25 minutes.
Transfer the chops to a clean plate and let rest until the pork reaches and internal temperature of 150 degrees before servings, 5 to 10 minutes.
These are definitely excellent pork chops!!!
Pam’s notes: Instead of placing the crumb mixture on a plate to bread the chops, I kept the crumbs in the plastic bag and it worked great to press on the breadcrumbs to adhere to the chops.
I found that a tablespoon of mayo was a little much to coat each pork chop with. I used about a teaspoon for each chop.
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