Solar Cooking: Boneless Breaded Pork Chops

by Tammy Taylor

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Well it looks like a sunshiny day and the wind will not be high, can’t think of a better reason to use my * Solar Oven.  It’s only going to get up to the upper 50’s today but outside temps don’t matter – as long as the sun is shining and the wind isn’t high enough to mess with the reflectors, solar oven cooking is a GO!  Today I think I’ll try my hand at baked pork chops…

I Baked These Pork Chops Quickly In My Solar Oven. Leave The Heat OUTSIDE! #TaylorMadeHomestead

RancherMan has harvested a couple of wild sow hogs in the last several months & we’ve been enjoying many savory recipes such as meatloaf, grilled ribs, slow-cooker roast with red wine and BBQ sandwiches.  But the processor provided several thick tenderized steaks and these boneless pork chops as well.  Now I love me some pork chops, and I think they come out more juicy & tender when they’re breaded and baked.  Thankfully baking is easy to do in a solar oven so today I’m going to give it a go with my pork chops.

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I pulled out the boneless chops and rinsed them off.  Then I dipped them in a beaten egg and then rolled them in breadcrumbs I made from sourdough baguettes that had gotten WAY too hard to eat.  I seasoned them with some dried thyme from my herb garden and a little salt & pepper.  I laid them in the black porcelain pan that came with my solar oven and placed the see-through lid on so I could watch its progress as it was cooking.

I Baked These Pork Chops Quickly In My Solar Oven. Leave The Heat OUTSIDE! #TaylorMadeHomestead

I decided to stack it on top of my other black porcelain pan that I filled with sliced carrots, a little salt & pepper, just a touch of water, a pat of butter and a sprig of rosemary.  Hey, why shouldn’t they both be cooking at the same time?

I Baked These Pork Chops and carrots Quickly In My Solar Oven. Leave The Heat OUTSIDE! #TaylorMadeHomestead

I was prepared to cook these chops for several hours but by positioning the reflectors directly toward the sun the temp on my solar oven soared to 325 pretty quickly and I actually cooked them in just over an hour.  I’ve read that you want to cook pork to an internal temperature of 145 degrees for safety but it just didn’t take very long on this day to achieve that.  SCORE!  So RancherMan & I enjoyed an early supper of the most delicious breaded pork chops I’d ever tasted along with fresh steamed carrots, and not one lick of additional energy was needed to cook this meal.  Gotta love it!

I Baked These Pork Chops Quickly In My Solar Oven. Leave The Heat OUTSIDE! #TaylorMadeHomestead

With warmer weather knocking at our door I’ll be using this solar oven more & more not only for the energy-free cooking that I love but also to keep that cooking heat & humidity outside where it belongs.  The temps really heat up during the summertime in our area of Northeast Texas and any heat you can leave outside is a good thing indeed!

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40 thoughts on “Solar Cooking: Boneless Breaded Pork Chops

  1. Anya

    I love the idea of solar cooking though never actually attempted it before (seems intimidating for me!). And this recipe looks so delicious!

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  5. Christina

    I’m parked next to you in the Strangers and Pilgrims link up, and I’m glad to be there! This post is really interesting! Christina http://www.ourwoodhome.com

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  8. Elaine

    That is cool!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday Link Party!! Hope to see you tomorrow!! Pinned!!

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  9. Christy

    What a delicious looking meal! Thank you for sharing with Idea Box link party. Hope to see you again for Week Nine!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Oh yes Heidi, handy, handy, HANDY! That electric oven of mine pumps heat right into the house when it’s on so in the summer I limit its use as much as possible. ~TMR~

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  11. Gina

    So cool! A solar cooker! I have never tired to use (or even heard of) one of these! Thanks for sharing this on the #ShareTheWealthSunday linkup!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I’ve had so much fun with my solar cooker, and here in NE Texas it comes in really handy in the heat of summertime – keep that cooking heat outside! ~TMR~

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  12. Toni

    I’ve been looking at Sun Ovens for a while now, and I’m planning to buy one soon. I’ve read the reviews on the newer version of yours on amazon, and one reviewer says the food cooked in it takes like plastic. So, I was wondering if you’ve had any dishes turn out tasting like plastic?

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Wow Toni, I’ve never heard that & certainly never experienced it with my oven. ~TMR~

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  13. All that's Jas

    Wow, that is really neat! Never heard of solar ovens before. Does it take longer to bake and can you set the temperature? Thank you for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things. Hope you have a fabulous day!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      The temps in the oven can be regulated by how directly you point to the sun, so most of the time it takes the same time as baking in a regular oven. Preheat to the temps you want & put the food in. A meat thermometer confirms the internal temps of most of the food you’re cooking and BOOM! Free cooking energy. ~TMR~

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  14. Deedra

    I keep telling my husband that it would be a great idea to have one of these solar ovens. I know in the summer time with I use the oven ( just about every other day) the house heats up more. I live in Nevada and have sun most days out of the year and Im guessing because it gets over 100 here I would have no problem getting high temps in the stove. I am glad I found you off of the Fluster Buster party #121.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I’ve really had fun with my sun oven Deedra – it will be getting double duty this year since I’ve finally figured out how to make light fluffy sandwich bread. In past years I’d just buy bread during the summer because I didn’t want to heat up the house, but looks like my handsome RancherMan will be getting his favorite homemade bread all year long! ~TMR~

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        1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

          I don’t think so Deedra but I bake pork chops all the time. I dredge them in whipped egg and coat with bread crumbs & spices (usually just salt, pepper & some sage but it changes based on my mood!) Then I bake them until done. I much prefer the soft moist texture of baked pork chops to the harder tougher texture of pan fried. ~TMR~

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  15. Beverly

    What a clever idea. I had never heard of solar cooking before. I need to check into that. Your pork chops looked awesome. Thanks for linking up to Wake Up Wednesday. Bev

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  17. Heidi @ Pint Size Farm

    Great post, I have always wanted to try solar cooking 🙂 I featured you at the HomeAcre blog hop this week (at Pint Size Farm). It will go live tomorrow AM. Congratulations!

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  18. Shanna

    I love my Sun Oven; so happy to see someone else blogging recipes with it. I use mine mostly in the summer months when I don’t want to heat up the kitchen. Thanks!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Oh me too Shanna, summertime is when it shines (pardon the pun) since I’m not using any additional energy to prepare my meal and I’m keeping that heat out of the house. Love my solar oven! ~TMR~

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  19. Stephanie

    What a cool idea with a delicious result!! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again next week!

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  20. ColleenB.~Texas

    I’m always checking my Spam folder several times a day………nothing there except junk and also tried to register and it says I’m already a member of your blog newsletter. I got here this morning through a link that I had saved to your blog and only then did I realize that I wasn’t receiving your email updates.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Oh no Colleen! Might check your spam folder to make sure the emails didn’t accidentally get filtered into there. If not, maybe resubmit your request for email subscription? Please let me know if you are still not receiving emails & I”ll do some digging on my end as well. I can see your subscription, and it’s marked active on the email service. Hummm… ~TMR~

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  21. Felecia

    I love how you stacked the food! Two birds with one stone! I love utilizing my Sun Oven on warm, sunny days! Today will be a good day to set that up! Think I’ll bake some bread! Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend! Blessings from Bama!

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  22. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

    I love my solar oven Karen, and here in NE Texas it’s not only the heat but the humidity that’s a killer during those hot months. I play with the solar oven in the cooler months just because I love it, but I focus more fully on solar cooking in the summer to keep the heat & humidity outside. I’ve only begun to scratch the surface as to its versatility, but I’m surely loving it so far! ~TMR~

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  23. Karen

    Yes, summer is on it’s way and the baking will become more limited. 🙁 Love me some cookies. I haven’t come across many posts in the blog world that discuss the use of solar ovens. How versatile is it as far as the types of cooking you can do? Do you believe the investment has been worth it to you?

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  24. Texomamorganlady

    Just wanted to check in and let you know that the batch of crockpot enchiladas were a big hit, even with hub, who is not fond of cheese!

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