Monday, September 28, 2009

Pork chops made easy

I have a confession to make.....I've never made pork chops in my life! I don't know why but they scare me to death. I think maybe it's because every time my hubby tries them when we go out to dinner they're super dry and way over cooked. While I love our Sunday steak nights, I decided to man up and give the pork chops a try. Another confession is I don't usually work the grill and I really hated to make my hubby fire up the grill for a meal I wasn't so sure how it was gonna turn out so instead I got the idea of using my Panini press. I figure the shows on TV use an indoor grilling pan and since I don't have one how could a Panini press be any different. Besides I can cook both sides at the same time and assure even cooking, how can it get any easier then that?!?!?

The end result was fantastic! You can substitute any herbs you would like. I did buy a thicker cut of meat only because I didn't want a thin cut that I would dry out in the first minute of cooking. If we wouldn't have gobbled it up so quickly I would have taken a picture of the inside to show you how juicy they stayed. I didn't put measurements because it depends on your taste, and size of pork chops, so just sprinkle enough to coat the meat.

Pork Chop

2 pork chops
olive oil
dried sage
red pepper flakes, if desired
Drizzle olive oil on pork chops. Sprinkle remaining herbs and seasoning.

Add pork chops to a hot panini press and close the lid. Cook for 4 minutes then turn chops, close the lid and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.
Meanwhile my hubby cooked up some onions on the stove top using butter, Tony's, garlic salt, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.


  1. Those look like delicious pork chops.. Nicely done.

  2. Wow, I'm impressed! I agree, it's very easy to dry out pork chops. Yours look great.

  3. Awesome looking chops. I bet you make them often now!

  4. Dinner looks great! I make mine on the George Forman all the time which doubles as a pannini maker for me.

  5. This was an inspired idea. The chops look succulent. Kudos :-) Have a great day.