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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Italian Baked Pork Chops

I knew this one was going to be a tasty meal when I heard Chris proclaim from the other room....Oh my god this is so GOOD!!!!  And he was absolutely right.  But you'll probably not be surprised by this statement.  This dish has all my favorite flavors.  Parmesan cheese, Dijon mustard, basil, oregano, parsley.....mmmmmmm......what more could an Italian (ok, part Italian) girl ask for?  I found this recipe in one of Sandra Lee's Semi-Homemade cookbooks.  When I bought the book, I was astonished at all the people who commented on it, saying that they didn't like it because she used too many store bought ingredients.  I laughed because, well, if they really truly knew anything about Sandra, they would have known that Sandra is all about taking certain store bought items and turning them into "semi" homemade meals.  Her thing is to make things easy and in a short amount of time and make it look like you spent hours in the kitchen.  Now, I'm not always fond of her recipes, I'd rather use fresher ingredients, but they give me ideas, and that is what I LOVE about them.  This one is actually straight from her book... and I didn't change a thing.

Italian Baked Pork Chops
Recipe courtesy of Sandra Lee, Semi-Homemade 2
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
4 center cut Pork Chops
salt & pepper
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Prepare a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

In a small bowl, whisk together Dijon, oil and Italian seasoning.  Season pork chops with salt and pepper.  Brush both sides with the mustard mixture.  Place in prepared baking dish.  Press Parmesan cheese on top of the pork.

Bake 12-14 minutes or until the pork is cooked through.  Enjoy!


Andrea said...

Mmm this looks good!! Whats not to love about it - parm, dijon, hello tasty treat! The potato side looks delicious too. Man I'm hungry and
I want THIS!

StephenC said...

Wonderfully simple recipe. I can't stand Sandra Lee and either turn off or mute the TV when she comes on.

Which is not to say she doesn't have some good ideas. It's her smarmy manner that turns me off.

I'm making your last tilapia recipe for tomorrow night's dinner. Tonight we'll be finishing the rack of lamb.

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

You have to love Sandra, even if you hate her. I mean if nothing else she's entertaining... She just goes a bit far sometimes with her semihomemadeness (I think she lost a lot of viewers years ago with her 'Kwanzaa Cake' which included a store bought angel food cake, apple pie filling, chocolate frosting, and corn nuts...not kidding) but in all seriousness, she did overcome a lot in her life and made a huge success of herself. And this recipe is proof that she DOES have some great ideas!!

italian kitchen decor said...

What a wonderful recipe.
I am so glad I visited this evening-