Wednesday, August 12, 2009

easy dinners still make dirty dishes

I've been sticking to extremely easy cooking this week. Mostly quick meals with protein, veggie and starch. My favorite veggie was zucchini sauted with garlic, an entire onion, and in the end, red wine vinegar. I'm wondering if another vinegar would have gone better. I just got some white wine vinegar and "pear-infused" vinegar.

I'm curious what everyone else's ideas are for quick meal things. I've had pre-seasoned chicken breasts, cubed steak, easy seasoned pork chops on a skillet, that zucchini, fresh corn and microwavable rice. Are there better ideas out there? I've also been eating up my tomatoes with a little salt for both an appetizer and a late-night snack.

Easy Parmesan-Crusted Pork Chops

2 large eggs
1 cup dried Italian-style bread crumbs
3/4 cups freshly grated Parmesan
4 (1/2 to 3/4-inch thick) center-cut pork loin chops
salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 T olive oil
Lemon wedges, for serving

Whisk the eggs in a pie plate to blend. Place the bread crumbs in another pie plate. Place the cheese in a third pie plate. Sprinkle the pork chops generously with salt and pepper. Coat the chops completely with the cheese, patting to adhere. Dip the chops into the eggs, then coat completely with the bread crumbs, patting to adhere.
Heat 3 T of oil in a very large skillet over medium heat. Add pork chops, in batches if necessary, and cook until golden brown and the center reaches 150 degrees, about 6 minutes per side. Transfer the chops to plates and serve with lemon wedges.

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