Lemon Pepper Pork Chops
Our kids devoured these simple pork chops, infused with one of my favorite flavor boosting ingredients, lemon pepper seasoning. Scramble recipe tester Debbie Firestone said, “This recipe was a home run!” Jazz it up with whatever condiments your family enjoys.
- 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. butter
- 2 lbs. thin center cut boneless pork chops
- 1/4 tsp. salt or to taste
- 4 tsp. salt-free lemon pepper seasoning or to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. When the oven is hot, heat a large heavy oven-safe skillet, preferably a cast iron skillet, over medium-high heat. When it’s hot, add the oil and the butter and swirl them around the pan.
- Add the pork chops to the pan and season them with half the salt and half the lemon pepper seasoning. Allow them to cook for about 3 minutes until they are lightly browned on the bottoms, then flip them, season them with the remaining salt and lemon pepper seasoning, and brown the second side for about 3 minutes.
- Transfer the skillet to the oven and let the pork chops cook for 4 – 5 more minutes until they are just cooked through (cut into the thickest one to make sure it is no longer pink in the middle). For extra thick chops you may need 8 – 10 minutes. Remove them from the oven and serve immediately.
Slow Cooker Directions
- Swirl the olive oil and butter in the bottom of the slow cooker (either melt the butter first or turn on the slow cooker and let it melt for a few minutes). Season the pork chops, then add to the slow cooker, and turn over several times to lightly coat with oil and butter. Be sure to arrange pork chops such that the edges of the meat are not touching the sides of the slow cooker (otherwise those parts may get tough). Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours (thin cut chops will cook more quickly than thick cut). (Slow cooker cooking times may vary—Get to know your slow cooker and, if necessary, adjust cooking times accordingly.)
Scramble Flavor Booster: Serve the chops with Dijon mustard or spicy barbecue sauce. Tip: The USDA recommends cooking pork chops to an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees for a safe, juicy and tender meal. After removing the pork chops from the oven, allow the meat to rest for at least 3 minutes before cutting or eating it. You're likely to fill this time hunting down the family and herding them to the table! Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values): Calories 270, Total Fat: 15g, 23%; Saturated Fat: 6g, 30%; Cholesterol: 100mg, 33%; Sodium: 190mg, 8%; Total Carbohydrate: 0g, 0%; Dietary Fiber: 0g, 0%; Sugar: 0g; Protein: 29g Like this recipe? Check out The Scramble's family-friendly meal plans to see just how simple getting dinner on the table can be!
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