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What are some good ways to cook pork chops in the oven?

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One way to bake pork chops is to coat them with a package mix such as Shake 'N Bake and bake them in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. Spice it up by adding additional spices or even fruit, such as peaches, to the baking dish.

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What are some good ways to cook pork chops in the oven?
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A quick addition to the basic Shake 'N Bake recipe is to add 2 teaspoons of ground ginger to the coating bag. Drain 1 can of sliced peaches, saving 1/4 cup of syrup. Coat the pork chops with the syrup and then place them in the bag. Shake until well coated. Place the coated pork chops into a baking dish, and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, and add the drained peaches. Return to the oven, and bake for an additional five minutes.

Another recipe for oven-baked pork chops starts with preparing a baking dish with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of crushed cornbread stuffing mixture, 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, and 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt, and set the mixture aside. In a small bowl, beat 1 egg and 2 tablespoons of milk until well mixed.

Dip the pork chops in the egg mixture, and then dredge the chops in the cornbread mixture before placing them in the prepared baking dish. Place the dish in the oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 to 35 minutes.

Cooking pork chops in the oven is done by marinating, breading, baking or broiling them. The marinating procedure is the most common method used for oven cooking pork chops. Marinated pork chops are great when baked or broiled because of their ability to retain moisture.

First, add the ketchup, vinegar, oil and sugar in a bowl until there is a perfect mix of the marinade ingredients. Then, place the mixture in a glass dish or plastic bag. Add the pork chops, turning them to ensure they are fully coated. Allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes. Marinating longer will increase the flavor. When the pork is done marinating, discard any remaining marinade. Don't use the marinade to braise the meat as it cooks. Cook the pork using whatever method you prefer.

The type of vinegar used changes the taste of the marinade. Apple cider vinegar is an excellent option for pork because of the subtle fruit flavor it gives. Wine vinegar is a stronger flavor that is complex when paired with pork. Balsamic vinegar is a good option for a sweet and sour flavor.

Pork must be cooked thoroughly. The pork chops should be white all the way through without any sign of red in the center.

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