I have an interesting relationship with pork chops. I’m not a huge red meat eater. I was always that annoying person at a steak house who tried to custom order a veggie dish and, in most cases, the server what like ?!?! So, I’d end up ordering pork. And my family went to steak houses a lot! I mean, it was the 90s. When I became an adult, my roommate and I decided to pick one thing we could cook that always made us feel like capable adults. That happened to be pork chops and mashed potatoes. Our repertoire beyond that basically consisted of ice cream and chips. So, I definitely grew tired of pork. Lol. But in my late 30s, I think I sorta forgot about pork chops.
This is my moment to resurrect the forgotten other white meat. And, let me tell you, it was hit with my kids. They really loved the pork. And while they were initially confused by the green bean fries (cause they’re not the usual potato fries), the kids really liked them after a try.
The nice thing about green bean fries is that they’re an unexpected alternative to whatever you usually do with side veggies. I definitely get in a rut of steaming broccoli and carrots as a side dish. While my kids always eat them, I don’t want them to grow tired of them.
On top of them being a nice break in routine, it’s surprisingly easy to make green bean fries. It’s basically just dipping, breading, and baking. Plus, the pork chops need very little more than a flipping in the pan; so, you can really focus all your effort on the fries. This recipe will take you down to the minute, time wise, but there is a lot of down time while you wait for the fries to bake. It’s really a great opportunity to check in on your kids if they’re doing the Tissue Box Piggy Banks Craft OR watch a bit of a program with your kiddos. (See our TV Time section for ideas).
🌈 KIDIFY THE MEAL 🌈
🍅Take out the clumps. I separate the breading mix into 2 bowls because after you coat a bunch of green beans, the breading mix starts to get lumpy. It’s great to have a fresh bowl of breading mix once this starts to happen. My kids were super turned off by the breading chunks on the green beans the first time I made this. Of course, I was totally into the crispy chunks and grazed on those every time I walked by the baking sheet. I can guarantee that you will achieve higher levels of child-approval by making the green beans as evenly, uniformly coated, so they look less deformed and hence, less freaky. Lol
🍅Try different sauces. This is a big ‘duh’ but make sure you have some plain ketchup leftover in case your kids won’t even try the sauce.
🍅Change up the sauce. If your kids don’t mind lumps in a sauce, I would recommend using 1 t dill relish instead of pickle juice. The sauce ends up resembling a more savory 1,000 Island dressing that way.
- 2-3 t steak seasoning
- 4-6 boneless pork chops
Start by preheating the oven to 425 degrees. Grease a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray, and set aside.
Set a non-stick pan on medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Sprinkle each side of the pork chops with 1/4 t of steak seasoning. Place the pork chops in the pan and cover with a splatter guard. Cook for 7-10 minutes on each side. Pork chops are done when they are no longer pink in the middle.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine all the breading ingredients (breadcrumbs, cheese, & seasonings). Mix together. In another medium bowl, lightly beat the eggs.
Now set up a green bean station in this order on your counter: fresh green beans --> egg bowl --> breading bowl --> baking sheet.
Submerge a green bean completely in the egg mixture, dip the bean into bread crumbs until well coated, and then place on baking sheet. Repeat for all green beans. Once baking sheet is full, put in oven on center rack for 15 minutes.
The sauce is easy. Combine the 4 ingredients in a small bowl. You can increase the amount, based on your servings.
Serve pork and green bean fries on a plate, with dressing atop the food or on the side.
We recommend that all meals for children be served with milk.