When you think of baking in the oven, what’s the first thing that pops up in your mind? It is probably not pork chops. Baking is very closely associated with desserts, pies and pastry. Rarely do we connect baking with cooking a larger piece of meat. There are many ways in which you can prepare pork loin chops. You can cook them in the pan and you can have them barbequed in the grill. Some even like to broil their marinated pork loin chops. Although these are all wonderful ways to enjoy pork chops, baking the pork chop takes this piece of meat to the next level.
Why Bake Pork Chops?
Baking is a cooking technique that adds a lot more depth to the flavour of the pork chops and gives it the kind of versatility needed to blend in with a plethora of ingredients. Besides, when you are grilling pork chops or frying them, you run the risk of overcooking them. When pork chops are overcooked, they become extremely dry and unappetizing. Biting onto an overcooked pork chop is no different from chewing on a dry piece of cardboard. When you are baking pork chops, you can easily avoid this mishap. The other advantage of baking pork chops in the oven is that you do not have to use the excess fat that you would normally be using when following other cooking methods. The additional fat may taste good to some people, but it is not a very healthy portion of the meat. Avoid excess fat in your food as over consumption of it can lead to several health complications. The last thing you would want is to fall ill after having a delicious meal of pork chops. It also goes without saying that baking pork chops in the oven requires a lot less effort than grilling them or frying them.
Coating Mix for Baked Pork Chops
If you are new to baking pork chops, the most useful technique that you can learn is the art of using a coating mix. There is no specific coating mix that needs to be used in every single baked pork chop dish. In fact, there are numerous ways in which you can coat the pork chops. The purpose of applying the coat mix is to keep the flavour of the pork chops locked in as it bakes in the oven. There are plenty of readymade coat mixes available in the market. You are advised to make one at home instead of buying a pricey readymade pack to avoid an unnecessary expense. Also, preparing your own coat mix gives you full control of the ingredients that are being used in the coating. Additionally, you can keep the coat mix free from added sodium and preservatives when you make it in your own kitchen.
Do not be afraid to be in an experimental mood when you are selecting the ingredients for your coating mix. A bit of experimentation in the kitchen allows you to explore your cooking options and prevents you from being a one-trick pony. Even though you are at liberty to choose ingredients for your coating mix, we would advise to use croutons that have been crushed in a food processor. If there are no croutons at home, you could use crushed bread crumbs. A stuffing mix could also do the trick. Season the coating mix to suit your taste. Once you have combined the spices and the crumbs, you can place the coating mixture inside a large plastic container (such as a plastic bag). Make sure that you seal the container properly.
Getting Ready for the Oven
The next step of making baked pork chops is to dip each pork chop in a well beaten mixture of egg and milk. Let the excess mixture drip off before you put the pork chop inside the plastic bag containing the coating mix. Once all the pork chops have gone inside, give the bag a good shake. Get each pork chop thoroughly coated in the mix. Put the coated pork chops on a cookie sheet or a baking sheet. Make sure that the cookie sheet has been sprayed with cooking spray. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees while the coated pork chops rest on the baking sheet. Once the oven has been heated, place the pork chops inside and start baking.
Baking and Resting Time
One of the most common questions that people ask with regards to baking pork chops is, “how long should I bake the pork chops?” The baking duration differs on the basis of the thickness of the meat. For half inch thick pork chops, a 35 minute baking clock should be enough. Keep baking the pork chops till they turn golden brown. At this point in time, remove the baking pan from the oven and get it covered with an aluminium foil. For tender and juicy baked pork chops, you need to rest the meat for at least 5 minutes.