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Crunchy Pork Chops

Updated on December 28, 2015
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Crunchy Pork Chops. These will go great paired with sides of Mashed Potatoes and Sauerkraut.
Crunchy Pork Chops. These will go great paired with sides of Mashed Potatoes and Sauerkraut. | Source

During the 19th century, sauerkraut was a cold-weather food, and sauerkraut served with pork was a Fall dish. Sauerkraut with turkey was a Christmas dish. Sauerkraut served with pork was eaten for good luck on New Year's day, because as the Pennsylvania Dutch say, "the pig roots forward" with it's snout, thus moving forward into the New Year.

5 stars from 1 rating of Crunchy Pork Chops with Mashed Potatoes and Sauerkraut
Mashed potatoes and sauerkraut is a very delicious combination for you vegetarians out there.
Mashed potatoes and sauerkraut is a very delicious combination for you vegetarians out there. | Source

Background Information

This menu was popular in Pennsylvania back when my parents were growing up. Every New Year’s Day they would eat this meal because according to folklore it would bring good luck in the coming year. In Germany and in Pennsylvania Dutch culture, cabbage leaves represent paper money and since sauerkraut comes from cabbage, eating cabbage signifies being financially lucky.

All three of these dishes is really good when combined together. For the vegetarians out there, a combination of the sauerkraut with the mashed potatoes is fantastic! This is a highly processed meal (with the instant mashed potatoes and the breading for the chops) but it is fast, easy, different, and one of my favorite meals that I only indulge in about once a year. The fried coating should get crunchy while keeping the inside from drying out, but watch that they don’t overcook.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: Serves 2 people

Sauerkraut was Popular and is a Healthy Food

During the 19th century, sauerkraut was a cold-weather food, and sauerkraut served with pork was a Fall dish. Sauerkraut with turkey was a Christmas dish. Sauerkraut served with pork was eaten for good luck on New Year's day, because as the Pennsylvania Dutch say, "the pig roots forward" with it's snout, thus moving forward into the New Year.

You don't have to use instant mashed potatoes. If you have a favorite homemade recipe for creamy mashed potatoes, use that recipe instead.

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Rinse chops with water and pat dry. Salt and pepper them on both sides to your liking.Cover completely with seasoned in bread crumbs and spray both sides with olive oil spray.Place on a bakers rack over a cookie sheet. This allows more even cooking on both sides.Check if they are done by cutting through a chop. You don't want to eat raw pork meat. These look nice and done and ready to eat.
Rinse chops with water and pat dry. Salt and pepper them on both sides to your liking.
Rinse chops with water and pat dry. Salt and pepper them on both sides to your liking. | Source
Cover completely with seasoned in bread crumbs and spray both sides with olive oil spray.
Cover completely with seasoned in bread crumbs and spray both sides with olive oil spray. | Source
Place on a bakers rack over a cookie sheet. This allows more even cooking on both sides.
Place on a bakers rack over a cookie sheet. This allows more even cooking on both sides. | Source
Check if they are done by cutting through a chop. You don't want to eat raw pork meat. These look nice and done and ready to eat.
Check if they are done by cutting through a chop. You don't want to eat raw pork meat. These look nice and done and ready to eat. | Source

Ingredients

  • 2-4 Pork Chops, bone in
  • 1 Can Olive Oil Spray, a few sprays to cover chops
  • 1/2 cup Dried Italian Breadcrumbs
  • 1 can Sauerkraut
  • 1 Package Idaho Roasted Garlic Instant Mashed Potato Mix
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Rinse pork chops in water and dry. Salt and Pepper the chops on both sides. Dip into the breadcrumbs; cover well on both sides.
  3. Spray both sides with some Olive Oil Spray.
  4. Place each chop on a baking rack placed on a cookie sheet and place in oven. Cook 20 minutes then take out of oven and flip the chops on the other side. Check to see if they are done inside by slicing with a knife. If not, cook another 10 minutes, or until done. Keep in mind that oven temperatures vary.
  5. While the chops are cooking, open and heat the can of sauerkraut.
  6. Follow the easy directions on the mashed potatoes: boil 2 cups of water and add the package of the instant potato mix and stir (my favorite brand is Idahoan Roasted Garlic).

Key Benefits of Meat, including Pork

  • May help to prevent anemia
  • Help to build and maintain body tissues
  • May help to improve male fertility
  • Help to maintain the nervous system

Key Nutrients in Pork

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Key Nutrients  
4 oz Lean Pork, raw  
Calories
123
Protein (g)
22
Fat (g)
4
Saturated fats (g)
1.4
Polyunsaturated fats (g)
0.7
Monounsaturated fats (g)
1.5
Iron (mg)
1
Zinc (mg)
2
Selenium (mcg)
13
Vitamin B12 (mg)
1

The Benefits of Eating Pork and Other Meats

The fat content of pork has decreased to 20% in the 1990s, down from 30% in the 1950s. Further trimming brings the fat down even lower to four percent. A lean pork steak can contain as little as 3g of fat per four ounces.

Meats are hard to digest but are recommended for those who are run down, in order to strengthen the body, as long as they are prepared in an easily digestible way, such as soups. Chinese doctors believe beef is good for the blood, the bones, and lower back pain. Lamb is prescribed for impotence and kidney problems. Pork is believed to be good for dry coughs, and for those with a weak or nervous constitution.

In recent years, meat has become much leaner due to new breeding and butchering techniques, which results in some meats having lower fat than skinless chicken. Extra-lean cuts of meat are rich, low fat sources of protein that can be part of a weight loss diet.

Meats supply all of the nine essential amino acids and are known as a high biological value protein food. They are a particularly useful source of protein for young children and the elderly who may have small appetites, but who still need to take in high levels of protein to build up or maintain their bodies.

What is your favorite traditional New Years Eve Recipe?

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      Efficient Admin 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      KoffeeKlatch - thank you very much. I love those two together with the chops. Only make this meal once or twice a year as a splurge since I don't eat pork too often. Thank you for stopping by and commenting and the votes. Have a great weekend.

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      Susan Hazelton 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Your recipe sounds great. I've never tried sauerkraut and mashed potatoes together before but I'm willingm to give it a try. Up, useful, and interesting.

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      Efficient Admin 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      alocsin - thanks for the vote. I hope you enjoy it.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Love pork chops but have never had this crunchy kind, which sounds great. Forwarding this to the family cook. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Efficient Admin 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      hello shiningirisheyes - The crunchier the better I say :-) If I knew how to make the outside coating real crisp like potato chips I would do it! Thanks for reading and commenting. I hope you enjoy when you do make them!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      This recipe for the crunchy pork chops looks fantastic and I thank you for sharing. I will have to omit the sauerkraut as I have tried it on many occasions and just can not adopt a liking for it. Although my family loves it.

      I will be trying your wonderful pork recipe.

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