Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Oven pork chops

I'm not one to make New Year resolutions too often. But if I were, no doubt one of them would have something to do with seeking more variety in what we eat, and trying new things.

It's one of the reasons I like this blog, (Never) Too Many Cooks, so much. I aim to try at least one new recipe per week. And because I post once a week, I aim to try an additional something new at home too.

This week, however, coming off the holidays and all manner of colds and viruses running through the house, I resorted to an old familiar for dinner.

These oven pork chops are a tried and true recipe that comes from a family friend. It is naturally free of gluten and casein. And ridiculously simple.

Oven Pork Chops

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Mix together
1/4 cup diced onion
1 Tbsp vinegar
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 cup maple syrup

Brown pork chops in skillet.

Place in baking dish and pour the mixture over the pork chops.

Bake for 45 minutes, covered.

Remove foil and bake an additional 15 minutes uncovered.

Usually I like to serve this with mashed potatoes, but the few potatoes in my cupboard had started to go soft. So we went with our standard (gluten-free) pasta and a side of peas.

For those of you who don't eat pork, I can't see why this wouldn't work just as well with chicken.


  1. We love pork, but I tend to shy away from pork chops. Hard to cook them without smoking up the whole house (cursing the lack of proper venting over the stove) or drying them out. So, I'm definitely going to try this recipe. If you use it that much, it must be good!! Thanks!

  2. This looks yummy. Thanks--I think I'll serve it with brown rice and a salad.

  3. Kristen yes I can't do pork chops any way but in the oven. I've burned them and dried them out too so I just gave up.

    The only recipe I had for years was where you pour cream of mushroom soup over pork chops and bake them in the oven. While that is awfully delicious -it's not exactly the healthiest (and not an option for dairy-free).

    This has turned out really good for us every time we've made it. I usually reserve the extra sauce and dip each bite into it -it's so tasty.

  4. Are those the diced onions on top of the pork chops?

    I will try this one day soon with chicken breasts, and let you know how they come out.

    The thing I love about this blog? Every recipe I've tried so far has been AWESOME. And I'd say that even if I wasn't one of the bloggers here!

  5. Yes, those are the onions. I'm not a stickler about dicing mine real fine.

    Definitely let us know how it turns out with chicken!!

  6. I think the hubs would love this one. Thanks!

  7. I'm going to try this tonight with chicken thighs (that's what I have on hand and it's snowy and so cold here that I don't want to go out if I don't have to!).