These rosemary-flavored breaded pork chops get a little kick from fresh hot red pepper.
Saving time: A thinner cut of pork saves cooking time. Use Egg Beaters rather than whole eggs to avoid spending time beating eggs.
2 teaspoons diced hot red pepper or 1 teaspoon dried flakes
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary needles
2 teaspoons salt
Coarse black pepper to taste
1 cup toasted bread crumbs
1/3 cup Egg Beaters or 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
8 center-cut bone-in pork chops 1/2 inch thick
4 tablespoons Filippo Berio extra-virgin olive oil
WILL MARINATE 8 PORK CHOPS
1/2 cup coarse kosher salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup boiling water
2 quarts cold water
Juniper berries, garlic, fresh herbs, mustard seed, cinnamon, orange slices, can all be added to brine for optional flavor.
Mix all the brine ingredients in a heavy duty plastic bag. Place the chops in the bag and make sure they are submerged. Use a weight to hold them under the liquid. I place the bag in a casserole dish before placing in the refrigerator. Pork chops that are 1 inch to 1 1/2 inches thick need several hours to brine.
When ready to cook, rinse the chops well and dry them; do not salt them.
When the brining is completed, mix the red pepper, garlic, rosemary, salt, pepper, and bread crumbs on a sheet of wax paper. Set aside.
Pour the Egg Beaters or beaten eggs into a shallow dish. Dip the chops in the egg on both sides, then coat each one on both sides in the bread-crumb mixture, pressing them in with your hands. Transfer them to a dish. Do not stack them on top of each other. Refrigerate the chops, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
Heat the olive oil in an oven-to-table sauté pan. Brown the chops on both sides over medium heat for about 3 minutes on each side. Do them in batches, if neces¬sary, keeping them warm as you brown them. Serve immediately with lemon wedges.
This recipe is featured on show 1724, Tasty Pork - Maiale Saporita.
Want More Recipes? See My Latest Book:
Mary Ann returns to her family's humble beginnings to bring us a treasure trove of more than 200 time-honored recipes.
Buy it now from Amazon for just $24.00
A Testimonial From Mario Batali:
This collection epitomizes the tradition and love that goes into all of Mary Ann Esposito's cooking. Like her award-winning TV series, this book will live on for years with all of those who cook her delicious recipes. My kids love everything Mary Ann cooks!"