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Crunchy Pecan Crusted Pork Chops Recipe

Pecan Crusted Pork Chops are a unique dish to add to your table. Plum Sauce will take these to the next level!

Pecan Crusted Pork Chops

Breadcrumbs are my typical go-to for breaded pork chops, but a friend told me to give pecans a try. I love pecans and love giving my dishes a twist. The pecans were exactly what my boneless chops had been missing! If you skip on the plum sauce, these keto friendly pecan crusted pork chops can be on your dinner menu, too.

For this recipe, I recommend choosing a chop that is cut at least 1- to 1 ½ inch thick. The thinner the chops, the easier it is to overcook them. My husband prefers a thicker cut. I found the perfect cut at 1 ½ to 2 inches works best for these Pecan Crusted Pork Chops.

One of my best tips for cooking pork is to allow your meat to sit out at room temperature for at least 30 minutes prior to cooking. Use this time to season and/or marinate the meat. You should never cook meat directly from the refrigerator to prevent drying out and to achieve the best flavor.

Seasoning is something I consider to be a personal preference when it comes to cooking. I like to give measurements of spices and seasonings that are enough to give the dish flavor without overwhelming your taste buds. Over the years, pork has become milder, so it’s important to use ample seasoning. At a minimum, use kosher salt and black pepper. Marinating pork and choosing the right dry rub blend can also make or break a dish.

To keep your pork chops nice and juicy, it is important to remember one final step before serving your pecan crusted pork chops – let them rest! When you allow them to rest, the juices run toward the center and reabsorb, ensuring that each bite is juicy and delicious. If you instantly cut into the chops, the juices immediately flow out and you lose the majority of flavor.

Can you use bone-in pork chops?

Yes! But you’ll need to increase the cooking time by a few minutes. That’s why this digital meat thermometer comes in handy.

Personally, I prefer using bone-in, but occasionally, I will pick up a pack of boneless. When properly cooked, they can be moist and flavorful, too.

Can you freeze these chops?

Once breaded with the pecans and prior to cooking, you can wrap the chops in clear wrap and place in a single layer in a freezer bag. Remove as much air as possible. They will store for up to 2 months.

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How to make the Pecan Crusted Pork Chops with Plum Sauce:

  1. Place top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the eggs with the Dijon mustard. Season with salt and black pepper, as desired, and whisk to combine. Set aside.
  3. Place the pecans and rosemary leaves into a food processor and roughly process into crumbs, leaving some larger pieces for texture. Transfer to a shallow plate and set aside.
  4. Season the pork chops with salt and black pepper on both sides and dip each chop into the egg mixture, then into the pecan crumbs, making sure the chops are coated with pecans on each side.
  5. Heat the olive oil in a large cast iron or other oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Once hot, sear the pecan-crusted chops, approximately 2-3 minutes per side.
  6. Transfer the cast iron skillet to the pre-heated oven and cook for 15-20 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chop reads just below 145°F. (The temperature will rise several degrees while the meat rests).
  7. While the chops are roasting, combine the plums, balsamic vinegar, and honey in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the plums start to break down and the sauce starts to thicken, approximately 15 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat and cool for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a blender or food processor. Purée until smooth.
  9. Remove the chops from the oven and allow to sit for a few minutes.
  10. Spoon the plum sauce onto the tops of the pork chops and serve.
  11. Enjoy!

Pecan Crusted Pork Chops
Pecan Crusted Pork Chops

Pecan Crusted Pork Chops

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Pecan Crusted Pork Chops are a unique dish to add to your table. Plum Sauce will take these to the next level!

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1½ cups pecans
  • 3 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
  • 4 thick-cut boneless pork chops
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 large plums, pitted and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey

Instructions

Place top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven to 350°F.

In a small bowl, combine the eggs with the Dijon mustard. Season with salt and black pepper, as desired, and whisk to combine. Set aside.

Place the pecans and rosemary leaves into a food processor and roughly process into crumbs, leaving some larger pieces for texture. Transfer to a shallow plate and set aside.

Season the pork chops with salt and black pepper on both sides and dip each chop into the egg mixture, then into the pecan crumbs, making sure the chops are coated with pecans on each side.

Heat the olive oil in a large cast iron or other oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Once hot, sear the pecan-crusted chops, approximately 2-3 minutes per side.

Transfer the cast iron skillet to the pre-heated oven and cook for 15-20 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chop reads just below 145°F. (The temperature will rise several degrees while the meat rests).

While the chops are roasting, combine the plums, balsamic vinegar, and honey in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the plums start to break down and the sauce starts to thicken, approximately 15 minutes.

Remove from heat and cool for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a blender or food processor. Purée until smooth. 

Remove the chops from the oven and allow to sit for a few minutes.

Spoon the plum sauce onto the tops of the pork chops and serve.

Enjoy!

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Pecan Crusted Pork Chops are a unique dish to add to your table. Plum Sauce will take these to the next level!


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