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Cracker-y, Crumble-y, Parmesan-y Pork Chops

Olive Garden Italian dressing, crushed up buttery crackers, and Parmesan cheese work beautiful magic together in this simple (yet flavorful) seven ingredient recipe: Cracker-y, Crumble-y, Parmesan-y Pork Chops!

Cracker-y, Crumble-y, Parmesan-y Pork Chops, anyone? So much flavor here! Briefly marinated in Olive Garden dressing, then coated in a seasoned batch of crushed up buttery crackers & Parmesan, these baked pork chops epitomize heart warming comfort food.

baked pork chop with ritz and parmesan

I thought that the dressing would add a bit more flavor to this little pack of pork chops than just dredging them in egg before their cracker crumble coating, and this turned out to be a good decision! Filling & delicious, these cracker-y, crumble-y pork chops were the perfect end to a chilly fall afternoon spent raking & bagging leaves.

Cracker-y, Crumble-y, Parmesan-y Pork Chops

ritz cracker pork chop ingredients

Ingredients

1.25 lbs center cut boneless pork chops (4 small chops)
3 Tbsp Olive Garden Italian dressing
18 buttery round crackers (Ritz or equivalent)
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp garlic powder

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray the bottom of a small baking dish with cooking spray.

brush chops with dressing

Brush the top and sides of each of the pork chops generously with dressing, then flip them over and brush the other side. Make sure that each chop is nicely coated.

cheese and crackers in food chopper

Add the crackers, Parmesan, and seasonings to a food chopper or small food processor. Pulse just until crushed and combined.

pork chops and cracker crumble mixture

Spread the cracker crumb mixture out on a dinner plate. Dredge each chop with the crushed crackers, pressing the cracker crumb mixture into the chops with your hands to coat. Place the chops in the prepared baking dish.

pork chops in baking dish

Bake your cracker-y, crumbly pork chops at 375 degrees for 30 minutes, or until cooked through.

browned pork chops in baking dish

Broil on high for 2 minutes to brown the topping, and enjoy!

pork chop and broccoli on a plate

Note: You can substitute ALDI’s Tuscan Garden restaurant style Italian dressing, or equivalent, if you don’t have Olive Garden dressing on hand.

That’s a tasty baked pork chop

cracker & parmesan baked pork chops on a plate with broccoli and parsley

Apparently these pork chops smell amazing to cats, because Bad Kitty Lucy would not leave me alone for a single minute while I was making & photographing this recipe. I ended up having to lock her up in another room so that I could finish!

Besides that, though, they taste amazing to people. High School Kid and I quite enjoyed ours served with simple steamed broccoli & roasted potatoes (not pictured) on the side, and you have time to throw together a side or two while the chops are baking in the oven.

And let me just give another quick shout out to my little Ninja Express food chopper in making the cracker crumble coating here. I’ve had mine for years, use it constantly, and it’s so much easier for small jobs than dragging out the whole big food processor.

Got more Parmesan and dressing?

This Olive Garden Dressing Sheet Pan Chicken Dinner uses just five ingredients!

To help you make the most of these flavorful ingredients: Here’s a super easy, five-ingredient sheet pan dinner recipe to throw together with more of your Parmesan and dressing. Why not try an Olive Garden dressing sheet pan chicken dinner another night this week; it’s quite different from these pork chops, yet uses a couple of the same main ingredients.

Or, if you want to take your pork chops & Olive Garden dressing in another direction: Enjoy this recipe for smothered skillet pork chops with bell peppers & onions.

Cracker-y, Crumble-y, Parmesan-y Pork Chops, printable recipe

Cracker-y, Crumble-y, Parmesan-y Pork Chops

Olive Garden Italian dressing, crushed up crackers, and Parmesan cheese work beautiful magic together in this simple (yet flavorful) seven ingredient recipe: Cracker-y, Crumble-y, Parmesan-y Pork Chops!
Course dinner
Cuisine pork chops
Keyword baked pork chops, olive garden dressing, parmesan, pork chops
Prep Time 13 minutes
Cook Time 32 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1.25 lbs center cut boneless pork chops 4 small chops
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Garden Italian dressing
  • 18 buttery round crackers Ritz or equivalent
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray the bottom of a small baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Brush the top and sides of each of the pork chops generously with dressing, then flip them over and brush the other side. Make sure that each chop is nicely coated.
  • Add the crackers, Parmesan, and seasonings to a food chopper or small food processor. Pulse just until crushed and combined.
  • Spread the cracker crumb mixture out on a dinner plate. Dredge each chop with the crushed crackers, pressing the cracker crumb mixture into the chops with your hands to coat. Place the chops in the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake your cracker-y, crumbly pork chops at 375 degrees for 30 minutes, or until cooked through.
  • Broil on high for 2 minutes to brown the topping, and enjoy!

Notes

You can substitute ALDI’s Tuscan Garden restaurant style Italian dressing, or equivalent, if you don’t have Olive Garden dressing on hand.

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Michele

Monday 22nd of November 2021

Thank you, I look forward to all the ideas.

Delaina

Saturday 20th of November 2021

That salsa bean soup was fantastic with some shredded cheese and tortilla chips for dipping. Thanks!

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