Remove the pork chops from the oven and serve with their cooking juice. To add a touch of freshness, serve the pork chops with chopped fresh parsley.
History and origins
There are no traditional recipes for pork chops, but this cut of pork is certainly one of the best known. Very common in Europe and especially in the United States, pork chops represented one of the noblest parts of this animal. When pigs were slaughtered by peasant families, it was a real celebration. Of the pork, we all know, nothing was thrown away, and each part was carefully dried, smoked or treated to keep it as long as possible to meet family needs throughout the year. The chops - these lean and tender meat steaks - were often sold to the most well-off families. Today, pork chops are still a prized cut of pork, but today they are inexpensive and very nutritious.
How to make pork chops tender and juicy
There are two ways to make pork chops tender and juicy.
• The marinade: this is always one of the most effective techniques to make any type of meat soft and juicy. The marinade makes the fibres softer and gives tenderness in cooking.
• Fast cooking: pork chops, being very lean, must not be subjected to prolonged cooking at high temperatures. You can cook them at a low temperature for longer or, if you need to get perfect fast-cooking, the advice is to limit yourself to the correct times as indicated in the recipe.
What to serve pork chops with
Baked pork chops can be accompanied by different vegetable side dishes. A fresh green salad with tomatoes and a few slices of fennel or steamed vegetables such as carrots and green beans is excellent. Also excellent is a classic mashed potato, or a side dish of baked potatoes flavoured with fragrant herbs.
Calories and nutritional values of pork chops
100 g of pork chops contain about 202 Kcal. Pork chops are therefore light and healthy food, but you must always pay attention to the condiments with which they are prepared. As for the nutritional values, 100 g of pork chops contain 24 g of protein, 0.83 g of carbohydrates and 11 g of fat. Pork chops contain phosphorus, potassium, selenium and magnesium.
This roasted pork chops recipe is very simple and tasty and, best of all, in a few minutes you will have a nutritious, cheap and delicious meal. Once cooked, the pork chops can be stored in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.