What’s Up, Hungry People!
Some nights call for a dinner that goes beyond the ordinary. You already know how much I adore chicken and waffles—it’s a household fave. But guess what? I recently put a fun twist on this classic. Say hello to pork chop waffles!
Why Pork Chops and Waffles?
You might be wondering, “Why the switch to pork chops?” I’m all for changing things up and keeping dinner interesting. Besides, pork chops offer a slightly different flavor profile that complements the waffles just as perfectly as chicken does.
Time & Simplicity
One of the major draws of making waffles, plus basically any protein that’s fried, is that they come together in a snap. Seriously, in roughly 30 minutes, you can whip up your go-to waffle recipe, get those pork chops sizzling, and slather the whole ensemble in a creamy maple yogurt sauce. Want a bit of heat? Go ahead and give it a drizzle of sriracha. Boom! Dinner is served and it’s anything but boring.
Here’s What You Need
- Flour: Provides the foundational structure for waffles and coats pork chops for a crispy crust.
- Milk: Adds moisture to the waffle batter, making them fluffy and soft on the inside.
- Egg: Binds the waffle ingredients together and helps the pork chop coating stick.
- Sugar: Sweetens the waffle batter to balance the savory elements of the dish.
- Baking Powder: Helps the waffles rise and become fluffy.
- Butter: Adds richness to the waffles and helps in browning.
- Salt: Enhances the flavors of both the waffles and pork chops.
- Panko: Gives the pork chops a crunchy exterior.
- Bacon (Optional): Adds an extra layer of smokiness and crunch.
- Sriracha: Provides a spicy kick as a topping for the completed dish.
- Salt & Pepper: Season the pork chops to taste.
- Plain Greek Yogurt: Creates a creamy base for the maple yogurt sauce.
- Maple Syrup: Adds a sweet, earthy flavor to the yogurt sauce.
Prepping the Sauce and Oven
Preheat your oven to 375°F. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt and maple syrup until you get a smooth consistency. Pop that bowl in the fridge until you’re ready to serve up this goodness.
Let’s Get Those Pork Chops Ready!
Prepare your pork chops by giving them a good pat-down to dry them off. Next, toss them in flour to coat, then dunk them into a whisked egg. Finish them off by plunging them into the panko until a thick, crunchy crust forms. Don’t leave any bald spots—cover those chops entirely!
Baking the Pork Chops
Lay those crusted beauties on a baking sheet and slide them into your preheated oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the internal temperature hits 160°F.
While those chops are getting all crispy and amazing, it’s time to focus on the waffles. Preheat and grease your waffle iron. In a bowl, mix the flour, milk, egg, sugar, melted butter, baking powder, and a pinch of salt. Your batter should be thick but still pourable.
Cookin’ Up Waffles
Grab a measuring cup and pour 1/2 cup portions of batter onto the preheated waffle iron. Cook according to your waffle iron’s guidelines, usually around 3-4 minutes per side.
Bring It All Together
Once those pork chops are cooked to perfection, take them out and let them hang out for a bit. In the meantime, your waffles should be just about ready. Stack a pork chop on each waffle and lavish them with your chilled maple yogurt sauce. If you’re in the mood for some extra oomph, add bacon slices as a garnish.
Additional Tips & Troubleshooting Advice
- Check Pork Chop Temperature: Ensure the pork chops reach an internal temperature of 160°F for safe eating. A meat thermometer is your best friend here.
- Waffle Iron Settings: Your waffle iron might have different heat settings. Start with a medium setting and adjust based on your first waffle’s crispiness and color.
- Avoid Soggy Waffles: To keep waffles crispy while you finish cooking, place them on a wire rack in a warm oven (about 200°F).
- Homemade Panko: If you’re out of panko, you can pulse day-old bread in a food processor for a quick substitute. Just remember it won’t be as crunchy.
- Greek Yogurt Substitute: If you’re out of Greek yogurt, you can use regular yogurt but expect a thinner sauce. You might want to reduce the maple syrup slightly to balance it out.
- Cooking Bacon: If using, you can cook the bacon in the oven alongside the pork chops on a separate tray for efficiency.
- Non-Stick Cooking: For an easier cleanup, line your baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat before cooking the pork chops.
- Waffle Batter Consistency: If the waffle batter seems too thick or too thin, you can adjust by adding a small amount of milk or flour.
- Spice Level: The sriracha is optional but recommended for those who like a kick. Feel free to adjust the amount to your preference.
- Sauce Ahead: The maple yogurt sauce can be made a day in advance and stored in the fridge. Give it a good stir before serving.
And there you have it, Hungry People! This pork chops and waffles recipe is a game-changer, shaking up the classic chicken and waffles we all know and adore. With the sweet and tangy maple yogurt sauce, it’s got layers of flavor that’ll make you question why you haven’t tried this before! You might even find yourself making this one a new staple in your kitchen rotation—after all, it’s breakfast for dinner with a twist you won’t forget.
Pork Chops & Waffles with Maple Yogurt Sauce
FOR PORK CHOPS:
FOR MAPLE YOGURT SAUCE:
- ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt and maple syrup until smooth. Refrigerate yogurt until ready to serve.
- Prepare the pork chops by patting them dry, tossing in flour, dipping into the whisked egg, and finally into the panko until a thick crust has formed. Cover the pork chops completely with breading.
- Place the pork chops onto a baking sheet and put them into the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F.
- While the pork chops are cooking, preheat and grease the waffle iron. Whisk together the flour, milk, egg, sugar, melted butter, baking powder, and a pinch of salt. The waffle batter should be thick but smooth.
- Using a measuring cup, pour the batter in 1/2 cup increments onto the preheated waffle iron. Cook waffles according to the waffle iron instructions, about 3-4 minutes per side.
- Remove the pork chops from the oven when ready and let them rest while the waffles finish cooking.
- Arrange the pork chops on top of the waffles and drizzle on the maple yogurt sauce. Garnish with slices of bacon, as desired. Serve breakfast for dinner, and enjoy!