As much as I love using my Crock Pot, there are times it's beneficial to change things up. In this bitter cold Indiana weather lately, it’s the perfect time to use the oven to add a little more warmth.
I find the baked pork chops to be perfectly seasoned, and they turn out beautifully golden as well. It’s such an easy low-mess recipe to make. Keep in mind you can also use the seasoning mix with chicken.
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The Mississippi Mud Potatoes are a good comfort dish to serve alongside the chops. They add a nice cheesy compliment to the pork chops (or chicken). It wouldn't hurt to add a fresh cut salad to balance the meal.
The Cherry Dump Cake has a deceiving name, considering how delicious it is. It's an even more attractive recipe because of how easy it is to make — just four ingredients. It’s a recipe you can change up and use your favorite pie filling: raspberry, apple or blueberry. Note: If using apple, remember to add 2 tsp. of cinnamon.
Homemade Shaken Pork Chops
3 cups bread crumbs (not panko)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons table salt
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon celery salt
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
6 bone in 1/2" thick pork chops
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
In a large plastic bag add the breadcrumbs, oil, salt, paprika, celery salt, black pepper, garlic salt, garlic powder and onion powder.
Close the bag and rub all the ingredients together until fully mixed. Add one pork chop to the bag at a time and close with some air trapped inside. Shake gently until covered. Repeat with each piece of pork.
Place on a sheet pan and bake in the oven for 15 minutes then turn the pork chops over, and bake 10 more minutes.
Mississippi Mud Potatoes
8-10 Cups potatoes, diced finely
16 ounces cheddar cheese, cubed or shredded
1 Cup mayonnaise (real)
1 package bacon, cooked and torn into large bits
1/2 Cup green onions, chopped
In a 9x13 pan or 3 quart casserole dish, mix potatoes, cheddar cheese, bacon, and green onions. Stir in mayonnaise. Bake at 325 for an hour and a half or until potatoes are tender. Top with more cheese if desired.
Cherry Dump Cake
2 cans (21 ounce size) cherry pie filling
1 package (16 ounce size) yellow cake mix, stirred with a fork to break up clumps
1 can (12 ounce size) lemon lime soda
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Pour the cherry pie filling in the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish.
Sprinkle the cake mix (dry) evenly over the top of the pie filling.
Slowly pour the lemon lime soda over the cake mix.
Place the baking dish in the oven and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.
Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.
This article originally appeared on The Reporter Times: It's a great time to learn how to make delicious, golden pork chops