Sweet and Spicy Chops

11 Dec

Yes, these pork chops are breaded. Many of you may say, “Lynn, I thought that breading was ‘bad’ for our health!” I would like to inform you all that breading is not “bad” for your health, nor is any other food…everything can fit in moderation. This breading is half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose flour. Breading that is made at home is MUCH healthier than breading at a restaurant and this breading is not deep friend in a vat of oil; just cooked in tbsp of olive oil for the entire batch. If you have questions about this moderation concept, I would love to answer them 🙂 Otherwise, go ahead and try this tasty meal!

Sweet and Spicy Pork Chops with Maple Sweet Potatoes

3 pound of sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into thirds
6 thin Pork Chops, about 1 pound
¼ cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 egg
½ cup water
Chili Powder

1 TBSP olive oil
¼ cup maple syrup
¼ cup milk


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the sweet potatoes, reduce heat to about 8 and cover. Boiling them with the cover on will prevent heat from escaping, but be sure to keep an eye on it so it doesn’t boil over. Boil for 20-25 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Whisk the water and egg together in a small bowl. In a bowl large enough for a pork chop to easily fit in, mix the flours, 1 tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp chili powder, and a dash of salt and pepper. Dip each pork chop into the egg-water mixture and then into the flour mixture. Flip the pork chop to fully coat with flour and set aside. Repeat with the remaining pork chops.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp oil over medium-high heat. Add three pork chops and cook about 2 minutes per side. If checking the temperature, the pork is ready at 155°F. Otherwise, cut into the pork chop and make sure there is no pink flesh visible. Thin pork chops could be ready in 4 minutes total. On the last flip, sprinkle the chops with cinnamon and chili powder.
  3. Once all of the pork chops are finished set them in a container and put them in the microwave to stay warm.
  4. Once the potatoes are done, remove them from the water and put them in a bowl. Mash the potatoes with a metal masher. Whisk in the milk and maple syrup. Add cinnamon and chili powder to taste.

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