Eat Healthier and Cheaper!


What’s Cooking in the Country?

Last weekend I was flipping through my latest issue of Southern Living, looking for some of their amazing recipes when I came across one for Homemade Shake and Bake Pork Chops.  If you were around in the 70’s you may remember the  commercials for the baked-on coating.  The commercial was full of homemade goodness and lots of southern accents! Take a look and have a laugh…

Now, instead of buying the coating in a box, you can stir some together with ingredients you probably already have on hand.  This mixture will be healthier (no preservatives) and cheaper than the box you buy.  Mix it up and say with your best southern accent, “And I helped!” =):

Homemade Shake and Bake

1 1/4 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
2 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1 1/8 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, divided
4 (1/2-inch-thick) bone-in pork loin chops

1. Preheat oven to 425°. Stir together first 6 ingredients, 2 tsp. salt, and 1 tsp. pepper in a bowl. Transfer mixture to a 1-gal. zip-top plastic freezer bag. Rather than adding the Olive oil to the dry ingredients, I brushed the chops with the oil, then dropped them into the Ziploc bag with the baking mixture.

2. Sprinkle pork chops on both sides with remaining 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/8 tsp. pepper. Place 2 chops in breadcrumb mixture, and shake to coat well. Place chops on a wire rack on a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining chops.

3. Bake at 425° for 15 minutes; turn chops over, and bake 10 more minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 155°. Let stand 5 minutes.

Here was my menu that went along with the pork chops:

Baked Pork Chops
Roasted potatoes
Roasted squash
Watermelon Salad

The result was a crispy, oven baked pork chop full of lovely flavor!  You need to try this!  If you have a few minutes, just mix up the coating and put it in a ziploc bag and keep it for when you need baked chicken or pork chops.  Pin this to your Pinterest board to use later if you don’t need it now.

What have you been experimenting with in your kitchen this week?

With love from my country kitchen,

7 thoughts on “Eat Healthier and Cheaper!

  1. Shake and Bake and I Helped!! I do remember those old commercials. I make up my own breading for porkchops and chicken using half bread crumbs and half parmesan cheese. I cannot remember where I got that recipe but it is one I use over and over. This week I made a loaf of banana bread using my brother in law’ s recipe and it has a crunchy coating on top. It is my favorite banana bread recipe. Of course I fill my banana bread with walnuts as I LOVE them. Thanks for sharing your recipe this morning! I always look forward to seeing what you are cooking up in your kitchen.


  2. This breaking sounds great! I loved shake & bake pork chops growing up, but I won’t be having them anytime soon. 😉

    As I made a chicken pot pie to take to a friend, I made a broccoli cheese pot pie for us. It turned out wonderful! I love to make up my own recipes as I go.


  3. Thanks for posting this recipe Denise. I saw it in Southern Living too but didn’t type it out and keep it. So I copied your version this morning and saved to my recipe docs on the computer. Thanks again.


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