Easy Pork Sheet Pan

Easy Pork Sheet Pan really only takes minutes to prepare but the results look and taste great! I like to use boneless centre cut pork loin chops, about 1/2 inch thick, as the protein centrepiece and new potatoes are a terrific compliment. Also, if you like, adjust the spice proportions, in particular the smoked paprika according to personal tastes. In fact, if you’re looking for something a little sweeter, consider adding a tablespoon of maple syrup to the mix. It adds a very interesting dimension to to this easy prep dinner option.

For this particular preparation I used so called ‘baby cut carrots’. Years ago my beloved, who is not overly fond of carrots, used to insist on ‘baby carrots’ thinking they were more tender and tastier. In reality, baby cut carrots are really carrot sculptures, the result of machine processing that saved an industry almost 40 years ago.

In the 1980’s more than half the carrot crop was wasted as it was thought to be too misshapen and was deemed ‘unfit’ to sell. A California carrot farmer actually developed special machinery to process the potential waste into a more palatable shape that quickly came to dominate sales. Today’s baby cut carrots are the result and they occupy a huge proportion of carrot sales. They’re still carrots… just not baby carrots.

I just like how baby cut carrots look on this plate… and visual appeal is another important Veteran Move. Serving plates with greens, reds, oranges, yellows and whites along with your chosen grilled, baked or roasted protein not only looks more interesting it’s usually an easy way to ensure dinner checks off more nutritional boxes than dishes with more uniform, drab colours.

Olive oil, smoked paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder salt and pepper flavour the chops in this dish. Olive oil, lemon juice, garlic powder and salt and pepper flavour your veggies
INGREDIENTS
For the pork chops:
2 tablespoons olive oil (use less if desired)
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon Maple Syrup (optional)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper (to taste)
4 medium boneless pork chops
For the vegetables:
4-6 medium potatoes, chopped into small 1-inch chunks
1 cup frozen baby carrots
1 cup frozen green beans
2 tablespoons olive oil (use less if desired)
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons dried parsley (or freshly chopped)
salt and pepper (to taste)
fresh parsley for garnish (if desired)
Add the olive oil, paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to a small bowl and mix until it forms a paste
Add the olive oil, paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to a small bowl and mix until it forms a paste
Start by seasoning chops with kosher salt and pepper
Start by preheating your oven to 400 F and by seasoning chops with kosher salt and pepper
Rub the mixture onto both sides of the pork chops and set aside
Rub the mixture onto both sides of the pork chops and set aside
It's a Veteran Move to briefly 'parboil' your potatoes before mixing them into this dish
It’s a Veteran Move to briefly ‘parboil’ your potatoes before mixing them into this dish: using a casserole dish with a cover, add up to 1/4 cup water to the potatoes, cover and microwave for 2 minutes to partially cook them before adding them to the sheet pan
Add the chopped potatoes, the baby carrots and green beans to a large bowl. Pour the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic powder, parsley and salt and pepper over the top
Add the chopped potatoes, the baby carrots and green beans to a large bowl.
Pour the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic powder, parsley and salt and pepper over the top and…
...toss well to coat
… toss well to coat
Arrange the veggies to lay as flat as possible on the sheet pan and...
Arrange the veggies to lay as flat as possible on the sheet pan and…
... nestle the pork chops on top
… nestle the pork chops on top
Place the sheet pan in your preheated oven and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit
Place the sheet pan in your preheated oven and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit
Serve immediately
Serve immediately

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