Pork, The Other White Meat, was an advertising slogan developed for the National Pork Board and it successfully made pork a household word. For many years people were somewhat afraid of pork. The fear of trichanosis, caused homemakers to cook their pork so long that it was usually served dry and tough, not a very appealing combination. While trichanosis still exists, the US government has set standards for the way that hog feed is prepared and the risk has been greatly reduced. It is known that if you are still wary of the parasite, all you really need to do is cook your port to a temperature of 140 degrees. The parasite cannot survive beyond a temperature of 137 degrees.
There are lots of great ways to bake pork chops. There is the long slow method which produces a fall apart chop that is fork tender and loaded with flavor. It is given a milk and egg bath and dredged in flavored bread crumbs before being placed in a 9 by 13 roasting pan and covered with aluminum foil. It is cooked for hours in a low heat oven and the results will blow you away. It is luscious as most pork chops are not and just so that you can relax and just enjoy this wonderful pork, use a meat thermometer to be sure you have exceeded the 130 degrees. If you steer clear of pork because you think it is dry, give this method a try, you will be a convert.
Another way to bake pork chops is in water. Get out your roasting pan and cube up a couple pounds of any white potatoes and two or three yellow onions (Here are some great onion choppers for you!), place these in the pan with six nice center cut bone in pork chops. Don’t go for the thin chops, get a nice thick cut. Cover everything with about 2 inches of water and 2 tablespoons of gravy mate. Place the pan in a 350 degree oven and cook for about an hour and a half uncovered. You will know that it is done when the water is gone and the baked potatoes and onions are starting to get crispy.
These have a very deep flavor and the potatoes and the onions are just the best. You can add other vegetables if you want such as carrots or other root vegetables. This is a hearty meal and makes a great fall dish or winter dish. It can be done on the counter in an electric fry pan as well.
Baking pork chops is a good way to pull all the flavor out of them. Breaded or not, they are the perfect meal without having to do a whole lot of extra work, they cook themselves with very little attention from you.
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