Pork is a great meat to eat if you are on a low carbohydrate diet, and a couple of meaty pork chops on the bone can make a very satisfying meal. I just enjoy pork chops cooked in an unfussy way in the oven as described below.
If you decide that you are going to cook pork chops using the oven method then your choice of pork cut is extremely important otherwise you may end up with a very disappointing dry pork chop. This is not only a waste of your time but also a waste of a very good piece of meat.
The very best pork chops for roasting in the oven are nice thick chops at least an inch thick. The chops should be chosen with the bone in and should have a layer of fat and rind around the outside.
If you are buying your meat from the supermarket the pork counter is such a disappointment, you just know from looking that the thin fat-free pork fillets that masquerade as pork chops these days, are going to be like eating cardboard.
I often find the supermarket “value range“ pork chops are a good choice as they have more fat on them and as fat in the pork world is not considered a good thing they are cheaper too!!! I really think you plenty of fat for flavor and succulence. A good butcher will, of course, be able to supply the type of chop you need.
To prepare the chops for the oven, take a strong pair of kitchen scissors and snip around the rind and fat but being careful not to cut into the meat at inch intervals. Cutting the chop this way prevents the chop from distorting under the heat of the oven.
Take each chop and rub each chop with plenty of olive oil and season each side of the chop with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Pre heat your oven to its highest temperature. Place the chops onto a baking tray – you need a tray with low sides so the fierce heat hits the pork chops straight away, and cook the chops until the fat is crispy and tinged brown – about 10 minutes or so. Then turn the temperature of the oven down to 140C and cook for a further 15 minutes, check the chop is cooked all the way through.
Then take the cooked chops out of the oven and rest the meat for around 20 minutes before eating and enjoying.
I really like eating pork this way plain and simple as the porky goodness is great just on its own. However could easily add a herby or spicy rub to the chop before cooking for extra taste.
I like to eat these simply with some buttered vegetables like savoy cabbage, and nothing else. It also gives me a lot of pleasure to have a good gnaw on the pork chop bones as I find the meat right next to the bone is the juiciest tasty and delicious.
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