My mom was one of the best cooks in the world. You have no idea how much I miss her home-cooked dinners sometimes. As most of you know, I lost her in 2017 and while most of her recipes live on, it’s just not the same. But as much as I loved her cooking, there were a few things she made that I just could not stand. She made this horrible apricot chicken dish that I nicknamed “yucken” when I was a kid -and the name just sort of stuck. Another thing I just didn’t like when I was a kid were pork chops. No matter how she made them, it took everything I had not to gag over every bite.
Now that I’m an adult, I understand that it’s a texture issue, but as a kid I just thought pork chops were gross. Speaking of being an adult, we all know that means you have to do things you don’t like sometimes and since I want my kids to at least TRY new foods, I made pork for dinner recently. I ended up finding this recipe for Salsa Verde Pork Chops, so I made it.
Salsa Verde Pork Chops
Here’s what you need:
- 3-4 medium boneless pork chops
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp. minced garlic
- 1 C. salsa verde (you can make your own, but I used a jar that I bought at Target)
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
- 1 tsp. cumin
- Salt & pepper
Here’s what you do:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray an 11×7 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Heat the olive oil and minced garlic in a large frying pan.
3. Brown the pork chops on both sides and season with salt, pepper and cumin.
4. Remove the pork chops from the pan and place in the baking dish.
5. Pour the salsa verde over the pork chops and top with diced jalapeno.
6. Bake 25-30 minutes.
7. Remove from the oven and serve with diced avocado, salad or riced cauliflower.
If you like pork chops and you’re looking for a new way to make them, maybe give these Salsa Verde Pork Chops a try?
And in case you’re wondering, my kids take after me and pork chops are officially OFF our menu. For good.