BAKED PORK CHOPS WITH SWISS CHARD
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 18 min
For an easy and healthy weeknight dinner for the family, look no further than the old faithful pork chop. These juicy chops baked to perfection with melted parmesan and fontina cheese are melt in your mouth delicious, and with everything going in one pan into the oven, it’s the easiest dinner you’ll make all week. Try it yourself with Assorted Pork Chops on sale now.
1 1/2 lbs Swiss chard, stems removed, leaves washed and cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
3 Tbs olive oil, divided
1/2 tsp salt, divided
1/4 tsp plus 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper, divided
4 pork chops, about 1-inch thick
1 1/2 Tbs parmesan, grated
4 oz fontina cheese, shredded
Heat oven to 450° F. Oil a large baking dish. In a medium bowl, toss Swiss chard with 1 tablespoon oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place chard in baking dish.
Rub pork chops with 1 tablespoon oil, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Put pork chops on top of Swiss chard. Drizzle remaining 1 tablespoon oil over chard and around pork chops. Sprinkle parmesan and fontina over chard and around pork chops. Bake until chops are just done, about 18 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Nutritional Information: Calories: 498, Fat: 40 g (15 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 104 mg, Sodium: 963 mg, Carbohydrates: 7 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 29 g
Did You Know?
There are an estimated one billion pigs on earth at any given time. That’s a lot of pigs! The pig is one of the oldest forms of domesticated livestock, and also happens to be the world’s most popular meat. More than 80 billion tons are produced annually, arriving on our plates as pork and processed meats like sausages, ham and bacon. Pork is a high protein meat and it is a good source of many B vitamins, but our guess is that most people eat it for other reasons!
Know Your Pork Cuts
From chops to different types of loin, hocks and more, choosing the right cut of pork can be confusing. Here’ a quick rundown on the most common types.
Chops: These are the meatiest cuts from the center of the loin, and can be bone-in or boneless. Choose cuts that are at least an inch thick to ensure the chops are juicy. These are great for baking, grilling or pan frying.
Loin: The loin is a large cut of back meat. It is boneless and perfect for roasting or slicing into chops. A thrifty option is to buy loin on sale, use half for a roast and freeze the remainder as chops for a second or third meal.
Tenderloin: This cut is from the end of the loin, and as the name suggests, is a tender, juicy cut. It is much smaller than a loin cut, making it more appropriate for a single dinner. Tenderloin is best roasted or grilled.
Ribs: Baby-Back Ribs are small slabs that come from the part of the ribs closest to the backbone. Spare Ribs come from the lower ribcage, making them a fattier cut. Both cuts are delicious barbecued, smoked or oven baked.
Shoulder or Butt Roast: This is a large roasting cut that can be sold bone in or boneless. Its best slow cooked either in the oven or crockpot and is the perfect cut for dishes like pulled pork and carnitas.
Hocks: Front and rear hocks usually come cured and smoked, although they can be purchased raw as well. Hocks are most commonly used for flavoring dishes like slow cooked beans, but can be used as a meat cut for stews or braised dishes.