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How to Bake Pork Chops

Pork chops are totally delicious, scrummy, but you do need to watch how you cook them to make sure they do not dry out. Having been a fan of pork chops and tried all different ways this is the way I find is best…

Take one large pork chop per person, put a little olive oil and butter into a large flat frying pan. You need the olive oil to cook it and the butter to it colour a little, the olive oil also makes sure that the butter does not burn and go black and spoil. Just put the frying pan onto a low heat and gently fry the chops for a few minutes on each side, turning over and removing when both sides are a bit brown.

Now take a baking tray, put some thick baking foil into it, place the chops on the top, put some chopped onions, tomatoes, mushrooms or other vegetables that are to your taste on top of the pork chops, and fold the foil over so that they are completely wrapped up. Now put these in a warm oven that has already been heated to the required temperature, on gas mark 180 and leave for approximately 20 minutes.

If you do not mind the chops not being browned first then you can put them straight into the oven without frying them first, then unwrap the foil for the last 5 mins of the cooking, turning over for a while so that both sides have a chance to brown.

Another recipe which is delicious and where chops do not get a chance to dry out, is to cook a pork chop on one side, then turn it over and put a mixture of the following on top….. take some grated cheese, some mayonnaise and some apple sauce, making into a mix, using about a third of each, and put some spoonfuls on to of the chops so that the chops are as covered as possible with the mix, then put them back into the oven on a very high heat at the top of the oven so that the mix can mix into the chops and brown while cooking.

This dish is best served with mashed potatoes and you can make the mash more interesting by adding a little apple sauce, herbs, cheese, onion or mustard, whatever takes your fancy, but it is probably best to match it with whatever you have put into the mixture on the chops.