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Teaching Kids How to Cook. Pork Chops and Applesauce. Fun, Easy, Delicious Recipe.

Updated on June 8, 2013

Pork Chops and Applesauce Dinner

Pork Chops and Applesauce is fun to make with my kids.
Pork Chops and Applesauce is fun to make with my kids. | Source

The Purpose Of This Recipe Article

If you haven't made Pork Chops via the Shake and Bake method with your kids before, I would suggest that you give it a try. This recipe is great for sparking some kitchen passion into the minds and hearts of young ones.

What's more is that this dinner is so popular, that it's almost too easy to sneak in a side of greens or vegetables.

  • We started our adventure by making a grocery list together. I asked my daughter to pick one thing she would like to have for dinner this week that we normally don't make. She picked Pork Chops with Applesauce.
  • Then we took a trip to the supermarket together to pick out all of the things we would need. (Sometimes just getting her to go to the grocery store with me is a challenge.)

I cherish every moment of bonding time with my daughter and I didn't want this time with her to end as soon as we left the grocery store. While in the check out line, I thought it would be fun to turn this little meal into a sweet article on Cooking With Your Kids. Just for fun.

I expressed to her that I thought this meal was a great idea to post on line and that I could really use her help as my kitchen photographer in order to get it done. Right away, she was interested in the photography job.

I absolutely love the way our meal turned out, and my daughter was so proud of herself for participating in the making of her favorite dish which turned out gorgeous as you can see .

The best part about making food in the kitchen with my child is the quality time that we spend together while we prepare dinner for our family with our own four hands.

Since my daughter is already a teenager, I grasp onto any opportunity to keep us close while I still can. These precious chunks of time together are memories that will last two lifetimes.

One for her and one for me.


Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: Makes 4 Sliced Sirloin Pork Chops

Ingredients

  • 4 sliced Sirloin Pork Chops
  • 1 (6 oz) box Shake N Bake, for pork
  • 2 medium Eggs
  • 1 jar Applesauce, your favorite
  • 1/2 teaspoon Creole Seasoning, Tony Chachere's

Kid Friendly Pork Chop Instructions:

  1. Beat 2 eggs in bowl add 1/2 teaspoon Creole Seasoning to egg batter and mix well.
  2. Pour One Packet of Shake and Bake crumbs into clear plastic bag.
  3. Dip your first pork chop in the egg batter and drop it in the clear plastic bag of crumbs.
  4. Shake It - Don't Break It.
  5. Remove Chop from bag and place on foil lined baking sheet.
  6. Repeat for remaining chops.
  7. The 6 ounce box of Shake and Bake comeswith 2 bags ofcrumb topping and 2 plastic bags for shaking. Each bag covers two chops. Discard leftover crumb topping.
  8. Bake Chops at 425 for 15 - 20 minutes (or until meat thermometer reads 160) Do Not Cover Or Turn Chops While Baking.

The Items We Used

Pork Chops and Apple Sauce is so easy and fun that your kids will love making them with you.
Pork Chops and Apple Sauce is so easy and fun that your kids will love making them with you. | Source

The Preparation Is Fun And Easy.

  • Beat two eggs in a shallow mixing bowl with a mixer or a whisk.
  • You will foil your baking sheet or pan (15x10x1inch pan) at this time.
  • Preheat your oven to 425.

(If you do not like to cook with foil, you can also bake your chops on an ungreased baking pan)

  • Measure and mix 1/2 teaspoon of Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning into the egg mix.

I highly recommend keeping a little container of this seasoning handy in your kitchen.

This seasoning goes excellent on almost everything that we cook.

(Especially sprinkled over boiled eggs instead of salt)

Never heard of it? Not to worry. I will give you a link at the bottom of the recipe so that you can check it out.

One of my most frequently used Seasonings

This seasoning tastes awesome on just about anything that you can make. I use this all the time.
This seasoning tastes awesome on just about anything that you can make. I use this all the time. | Source

Time To Shake and Bake

Dip each Pork Chop into your seasoned egg batter.

Pour one of your packets of crumb topping into your clear bag.

(One Chop at a time) Drop a single Pork Chop into your clear plastic bag of crumb topping.

...Shake Shake Shake... (This was my daughter's favorite part.)

Shake and Bake 4 Easy Steps

1.Dip Pork Chop in Egg Batter  2.Pour Crumb Packet into Plastic Bag 3.Drop Dipped Chop into Plastic Bag 4.Kids love this recipe
1.Dip Pork Chop in Egg Batter 2.Pour Crumb Packet into Plastic Bag 3.Drop Dipped Chop into Plastic Bag 4.Kids love this recipe | Source

Shake Shake Shake

Once the kids see you doing this in the kitchen, IT'S GAME TIME!
Once the kids see you doing this in the kitchen, IT'S GAME TIME! | Source

"Mom, Can I Try That?"

As I mentioned above, I had asked my daughter if she would be my kitchen photographer while I prepared the Pork Chops. I did not start off by asking her to help me make it. I know that for her to want to make it, the idea would have to come from her. Which was not a problem as soon as I dropped the first chop into the bag and shook.

When she saw me do this, she set down the camera and said, "Mom, Can I Try That?"

My hope is that this will inspire you to try this with your children in the kitchen. They will love how fun it is to shake their chops. The most awesome part about this step is that the more you shake the bag, the better.

But Remember, "Shake It, Don't Break It!"

Nothing warms my heart more than knowing that she has a little more kitchen confidence now than she did when she woke up this morning.



Teaching My Daughter How To Cook

Honey-Bee Dips Her Pork Chops into Her Prepared Egg Batter.
Honey-Bee Dips Her Pork Chops into Her Prepared Egg Batter. | Source
Honey-Bee Drops Her Dipped Pork Chops Into Her Plastic Bag Filled With Crumb Topping.
Honey-Bee Drops Her Dipped Pork Chops Into Her Plastic Bag Filled With Crumb Topping. | Source
...and Honey-Bee Easily Shakes Her Chop Bag. (This was her favorite part.)
...and Honey-Bee Easily Shakes Her Chop Bag. (This was her favorite part.) | Source

This Was A Fantastic Idea!

Beautiful Shook Chops Of Pork. Thanks to my awesome daughter. This was a fantastic idea!
Beautiful Shook Chops Of Pork. Thanks to my awesome daughter. This was a fantastic idea! | Source

Sneak In Some Fresh Organic Snap Peas Alongside Your Pork Chop

Even my picky eaters who never eat vegetables seem to find greens appealing next to a perfect Pork Chop and Golden Applesauce.
Even my picky eaters who never eat vegetables seem to find greens appealing next to a perfect Pork Chop and Golden Applesauce. | Source

425* for 15 - 20 minutes

Your oven must be preheated to 425 and you will want to set your trusty kitchen timer to check your chops in 15 minutes. Sometimes the chops prefer we leave them in for the full 20 minutes to make sure that they are fully cooked but not overdone.
Your oven must be preheated to 425 and you will want to set your trusty kitchen timer to check your chops in 15 minutes. Sometimes the chops prefer we leave them in for the full 20 minutes to make sure that they are fully cooked but not overdone. | Source

Trusty Kitchen Timer Reminds The Kids And I To Check Our Chops.

Our Trusty Little Kitchen Chef Timer Reminds Us To Check Our Delicious Chops.
Our Trusty Little Kitchen Chef Timer Reminds Us To Check Our Delicious Chops. | Source

A Side Of Vegetables

My daughter was not too happy with the thought of eating snap peas. You may have noticed, in the photos we took in the beginning of this recipe, we were originally going to make our Pork Chops and Apple Sauce with Fresh Corn On the Cob because what kid doesn't love corn on the cob? Probably because it's fun for them to eat. Same concept with the Pork Chops and Apple Sauce.

I decided to swap corn for peas and I figured that everyone would be so excited to eat Pork Chops with Apple Sauce for dinner that they wouldn't notice the bright green plumpness on the side of their plates.

Within minutes, every morsel of everything was inhaled. Seconds were served.

Mission Accomplished. Today has been a parental success in many ways.

Thank you for allowing me to share my experience with you.

I would absolutely love to hear about your experiences as well.

At the end of this recipe, I will place a Comment Box for you to write and share anything you'd like. I check my web articles quite often and I always make it appoint to respond to every single person.

Mission Accomplished! Pork Chops Complete with Applesauce and Snap Peas.

Kid Friendly Pork Chops with Applesauce served with a side of Organic Snap Peas and topped off with an ice cold glass of milk. HEAVEN
Kid Friendly Pork Chops with Applesauce served with a side of Organic Snap Peas and topped off with an ice cold glass of milk. HEAVEN | Source

Shake N Bake Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 11g coats one piece of pork
Calories 40
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 8 g3%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 240 mg10%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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      AngPow 3 years ago from North Cali

      Thank you billybuc. All in all, what made this meal so tasty and special was actually the time spent in the kitchen with my daughter. I agree that parents need to do more stepping up with their children. Teach them how to live & survive. The world is a scary place and is only getting scarier. If something were to happen to me tomorrow, am I satisfied with all that I have taught and showed my daughter? Am I confident that she could take care of herself? Of course, the answer is no. I think it always will be. There is always something more that I want to show and tell her. Tomorrow is not guaranteed, and reminds me of a quote (I forget who said it) "If you don't raise your children, somebody else will" ... this could not be further from the truth.

      Thank you for your feedback.

      Angela.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm sure I would love the recipe, Angela, but what caught my attention was the "teaching your kids to cook" part of this article. I think it is so important that we teach practical lessons like this to our children. I am amazed how many young adults I know who do not know how to change a tire.....parents really need to step it up and teach at home.

      Well done my friend and congratulations on one year. If you ever have the need to chat with someone you can reach me at holland1145@yahoo.com.

      bill

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      A wonderful way to teach kids to cook, Aplethora!! Thanks for sharing!!

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      AngPow 4 years ago from North Cali

      There is a Shake and Bake made especially for pork. When you try it, pick up the pork kind. Thanks for commenting!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Very comprehensive! The pork chops look delicious. I've never thought to use Shake 'n Bake on pork chops, but it's a great option. Thanks for the recipe.