Breaded pork chops are an all-American comfort food classic. It’s an inexpensive source of lean protein and its delicious! After all, who doesn’t enjoy the crispy and delectable crunch of deep fried breading and juicy meat morsels?
When making breaded pork chops, you can actually make your own breading instead of using the store bought variety. This way, you control the quality of the bread used and avoid unnecessary preservatives in your food.
Here’s how to make a delicious breading for pork chops.
- Get your ingredients together. To make the basic breading, you will need about six to eight slices of toasted bread. Use whole grain bread or other flavorful breads. You can even mix it up. For some spice, you’ll only need some salt, freshly ground pepper, two teaspoons of garlic powder.
- Prepare your food processor. To make breading, you will need a food processor. Kitchen Aid and Cuisinart make excellent kitchen appliances. If you don’t have a food processor, you may also want to try using a coffee grinder, but you’ll only be able to make a few cups of breading at a time.
- Combine the ingredients in the bowl and mix! Break up the toasted bread and toss all the seasons in the food processor bowl. Place the lid and secure it tightly. Turn on the appliance and watch the bread turn into breadcrumbs right before your eyes.
- Make an Italian variation. If you want to make your breadcrumbs interesting, here are some things you can do. Add half a cup of grated Parmesan cheese, a teaspoon each of dried thyme and oregano to the mixture.
- Make a spicy variation. If the meat eaters in your family want a little kick in their pork chops, add a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and a teaspoon of chili powder. Add more if you want it to be extra spicy. If you’re using the breading for food kids will eat, be careful with the spices!
- Use cereals for more nutrients. As an alternative to using bread, you can also use breakfast cereals. Don’t use frosted cereal or the sugars will caramelize during the cooking process. Avoid cereals that have dried fruits in it. You may also use your favorite whole grain crackers such as Thin Wheats or other saltine crackers. If you want to boost the protein content of your breading and add more flavor to your dish, add a handful of nuts in the food processor. Cashew nuts, garlic peanuts, macadamia nuts and shelled pistachio nuts work great for cooking.
- Store in an airtight plastic container. Whatever variation of breading you make, use a generous portion of it when making your breaded pork chops. Any unused breading can be stored in an airtight container and stored in a cool dry place.
This breading is so versatile. You can use it for fried chicken to make
country fried steak or chicken nuggets. It can also be used with ground
beef to make meatloaf. Make your own variations using your favorite dry
ingredients and come up with your own flavors. Delicious!