Skillet Pork Chops, 3 Ways

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hidden valley ranch southwest salad with pork chop

I love how our country is so diverse—our landscapes, our people, and my favorite, our food. Our country is so big that no matter what region you travel to, you can find a new flavor to introduce to your family. I’m always trying to find ways to change up some of my go-to meals and to help develop my son Kai’s sometimes-picky palette.

Here are three ways to enhance and add new flavors from all over our country to a basic pork chop recipe. If your family loves Buffalo chicken, they are going to dig this spicy pork chop recipe. Personally, I love healthy salads (and sometimes Kai even does, too), so I thought it’d be fun to make a tasty Southwest salad complete with an avocado dressing on top of a pork chop. The last recipe that I wanted to share is a great one for your picky eaters. This Hawaiian teriyaki pork chop recipe topped with caramelized pineapple rings is sweet (for the kids), yet savory (for the adults).

Base Recipe

All recipes serve 4, plus extra dressing.

Ingredients:

  • pork chops: 4
  • salt and pepper: to taste
  • olive oil: 2 Tbsp

Instructions:

Step 1: In a large skillet, heat olive oil on medium high heat.

Step 2: Sauté pork chop in salt and olive oil until it’s thoroughly cooked and the pork has reached an internal temperature of 165ºF and the juices run clear.


 

1. Buffalo & Blue Cheese Pork Chops Recipe

buffalo cheese pork chops

Ingredients:

  • finished pork chops: see above
  • butter: 3 Tbsp
  • Louisiana style hot sauce: ⅓ cup
  • garlic, minced: 1 teaspoon
  • sour cream: ⅓ cup
  • plain Greek yogurt: ⅓ cup
  • blue cheese: 4 oz, crumbled
  • fresh parsley, minced: 1 tablespoon
  • salt: a pinch
  • celery sticks: 12, on the side

Directions:

Hot Sauce Recipe:

Step 1: Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan.

Step 2: Add ⅓ of a cup of Louisiana style hot sauce.

Step 3: Add 1 tsp of minced garlic.

red hot sauce melted butter garlic

Blue Cheese Recipe:

Step 4: Mix together ⅓ cup of sour cream, ⅓ cup of plain Greek yogurt, 4 oz of crumbled blue cheese, minced parsley to taste, and a pinch of salt.

blue cheese crumbles sour cream and parsley

Assembly:

Step 5: Pour the hot sauce over the cooked pork chops. Drizzle the blue cheese dressing on top.

Serve with celery sticks and my suggested side dish: potato salad.


 

2. Southwest Avocado Pork Chops

pork chop on top of green salad with tomatoes

Ingredients:

  • finished pork chops: see above
  • romaine lettuce: 1 head, chopped
  • cherry tomatoes: about 20
  • corn: (1) 8.5 oz can, drained and rinsed
  • black beans: (1) 8.5 ounce can, drained and rinsed
  • avocado: 2 medium, ripe
  • sour cream: 2 cups
  • Hidden Valley Original Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix: (1) 1 ounce package
  • cilantro: one handful, chopped

For the pork chops:

Step 1: In a large skillet, heat olive oil on medium high heat.

Step 2: Sauté pork chop in salt and olive oil until it’s thoroughly cooked to an internal temperature of 145 °F.

For the salad:

Step 3: Assemble a salad using romaine lettuce, tomatoes, avocado slices from one avocado, corn, and black beans.

bowls of corn, black beans, tomatoes, lettucechopped cilantro on cutting board green knife

Step 4: Lay the cooked pork chops on top.

hidden valley ranch avacado dip

Step 5: To make the dressing, blend one ripe avocado, 2 cups of sour cream, and 1 packet of Hidden Valley Original Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix until smooth.

Step 6: Drizzle ⅓ of the dressing over the assembled salad.


 

3. Hawaiian Teriyaki & Pineapple Pork Chops

pork chops with pineapple rings and white rice

Ingredients:

  • finished pork chops: see above
  • brown sugar: ¼ cup
  • soy sauce: ¼ cup
  • pineapple juice: ⅓ cup
  • onion powder: 1 teaspoon
  • fresh minced garlic: 2 teaspoons
  • pineapple slices (rings): 8.25 ounces, canned
  • red bell pepper: 1, cut into strips
  • cooked white rice: 2 cups

Directions:

Step 1: To make the teriyaki pineapple sauce, whisk together ¼ cup of brown sugar, ¼ cup of soy sauce, ⅓ cup of pineapple juice, 1 tsp of onion powder, and 2 tsp of minced garlic. Simmer for about 10–15 minutes, stirring consistently.

whisk pineapple sauce brown sugar

chopping red peppers on a cutting board

Step 2: Sauté pineapple rings until caramelized, about 8 minutes.

roasted pineapple rings

Step 3: To assemble, drizzle teriyaki sauce on top of cooked pork chops. Add caramelized pineapple rings on top.

Step 4: Serve with sautéed red peppers and rice.