Monday, March 26, 2012

Pork Chop Parmigiana

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Anything breaded, fried and topped with cheese has to be good. How could it not? The crisp coating from frying and melted creamy cheese is a delicious contrast in flavors to have. And this Pork Chop Parmigiana has all those components working perfectly. We're probably all familiar with the classic Chicken Parmigiana, however this dish gives it a pork spin. Seasoned boneless pork chops are pounded thin, breaded and fried before topping it with marinara sauce, basil and fresh mozzarella. These are great served with your favorite pasta for a comforting meal...

This was a great adaptation to a classic dish. I really liked this pork version and I might even like it better than the original chicken version! It is somewhat involved because the pork will need to be pounded thin and the whole process of breading and frying takes some time. However to make this dish ahead of time and make it easier for me, I prepared the breaded and browned pork in advance. Once cooled, I wrapped each piece of breaded pork in foil and placed it in the freezer. I then heated the pork from frozen in a 350 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes. After they were warmed through, I topped each breaded pork with marinara sauce, basil and cheese, then broiled it until the cheese melted. So this is definitely a dish that can be enjoyed on a busy weeknight - you'll just need to prepare in advance accordingly.

As for adapting this to a gluten free version, it was pretty easy too. GF breadcrumbs can be pricey so instead, I finely crushed gluten free crackers in a food processor (potato chips work well too!) and used that as a breadcrumb substitute. You can either use an all purpose gf flour blend (xanthan gum not required) or any gf flour will do since the breading mixture combines the flour with cheese and breadcrumbs.


Pork Chop Parmigiana
recipe adapted from Emeril

1 pound boneless thin cut pork chops (about 4)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup all purpose flour {or gluten free flour blend}
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk {whatever kind you have on hand will work}
1 cup breadcrumbs {or gluten free breadcrumbs or finely crushed gluten free crackers}
1/2 cup finely grated parmiggiano reggiano cheese + more for garnish/serving
1/2 cup olive oil for frying
1 cup marinara sauce {homemade or store bought}
1 8oz ball fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
8 fresh basil leaves, whole + more for garnish, chopped


Lay the pork chops out on a cutting board and cover with a large sheet of plastic wrap. Using a meat mallet, pound pork chops until they are about 1/2 inch thick. Season the pork chops on both sides with the salt, pepper and garlic powder. Set three shallow pans side-by-side. Place the flour in one, the eggs, milk, and lemon zest in another, and the bread crumbs and Parmesan in another.

Dust the pork chops in the flour and shake-off any excess. Working one at a time, dip the pork chops in the egg wash to coat, then transfer to the bread crumb mixture and coat evenly, shaking to remove any excess.

Preheat the oven to broil.
Set a 12-inch sauté pan over medium heat and add the olive oil. Place half of the breaded pork chops in the hot oil and cook until golden brown, about 1-2 minutes per side. Transfer the browned  pork chops to a foil-lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining pork chops.

On each pork chops, spread 2 tablespoons of the tomato sauce over the top, followed by placing 2 whole fresh basil leaves over the sauce and lastly top with 2 slices of fresh mozzarella cheese.

Place the baking sheet under the broiler and cook for 2-3 minutes or until cheese has melted. Remove from the oven, and garnish with chopped fresh basil and additional
finely grated parmiggiano reggiano cheese . Serve over cooked spaghetti or linguine with additional sauce if desired.

2 comments:

doctoratehousewife said...

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Courtney said...

Oh my goodness, this was delicious. I don't know how to act, so I did 3 slices of mozzarella, but other than that, it's perfect as is.

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