Warmer weather is tremendously close, but I'm already making a transition in the kitchen with this Macadamia-Crusted Pork Chops with Bacon Brussels Sprouts recipe.
Give these breaded pork chops a quick sear before transferring them to a hot oven to finish off. While they're in the oven, you'll have time to cook the bacon brussels sprouts for a quick side dish to serve with the pork chops.
Plus, it's all gluten free, paleo, and Whole30. Healthy food, big flavor, cooked quickly. Let's do this!
Something about macadamia nuts just screams summer, doesn't it?
I'm not exactly certain why, but I associate macadamia nuts with tropical foods and climates. Perhaps it's because Hawaii has been a large producer of macadamia nuts since the 1940s, according to Wikipedia.
Which might explain why this recipe was inspired by a meal eaten in Hawaii. Not by me, though. A friend and her husband went to Hawaii last summer. She posted a picture of macadamia-crusted pork chops with brussels sprouts, raving in the caption about how good it was.
Naturally, I jotted it down as an idea for the blog... And here we are!
I could have waited until summer was in full force before posting this recipe (it's currently April), but looking outside and seeing snow... I want to warm up, even if that means turning to Hawaii-inspired eats way before I should.
Seriously. It's snowing. In April.
Welcome to 2018.
Could be worse, though. Because on the bright side, I can make macadamia-crusted pork chops anytime I damn well please. You don't need a grill OR nice weather for this recipe. Just a skillet, an oven, and all the right ingredients.
And maybe the world will take a hint and melt all this snow.
Wishful, irrational thinking, I know. But a girl can dream, right?
Okay, let's get to this recipe. I guarantee it's not as hard as you might assume. You're just breading the pork chops with a blend of ground macadamia nuts and coconut shreds, searing it, then transferring all of it to the oven to finish cooking. The hardest part is dipping pork chops in egg. I swear!
Note: If you're anti-coconut like my husband, you can sub a cup of almond flour for the cup of coconut shreds. But the pork chops won't have as much of a tropical flair if you do that. Just follow your heart! (Er...your stomach?)
Macadamia-Crusted Pork Chops with Bacon Brussels Sprouts
- 4 pork chops (4 to 6 ounces each)
- 1 cup roasted macadamia nuts
- 1 cup coconut shreds OR 1 cup almond flour
- ½ teaspoons salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 pound brussels sprouts, trimmed and sliced
- ½ medium yellow onion, sliced
- 3 ounces bacon (~4 strips), chopped into 1” sections
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
- Add the macadamia nuts, coconut shreds, salt, pepper, and rosemary to a blender or food processor. Process until a uniform meal is formed. Empty into a shallow bowl or plate.
- Whisk the eggs until smooth. Transfer to another shallow bowl or plate.
- Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels. Dust the pork chops completely with arrowroot powder. Dredge the dusted chops first in the egg, letting excess liquid drip off. Transfer to the macadamia nut mixture, making sure to cover the entire surface of the pork chops. Repeat until each pork chop is covered.
- Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the pork chops for 3 minutes on each side, then transfer to the oven and cook for an additional 8 to 12 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prep the veggies. Heat another skillet over medium-high heat and add the remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil. Add the bacon and cook for 5 to 8 minutes until crisp.
- Add the sliced onion and saute for 4 minutes, until lightly browned and translucent. Add the brussels sprouts and cook for 8-10 minutes, until brussels sprouts have softened.
- At this point, everything should be ready to eat! Serve each pork chop with a hefty serving of brussels sprouts.
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