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Pork Chops in a Zesty Tomato Sauce

Tender pork chops baked in a tomato and lemon sauce.

Tender pork chops baked in a tomato and lemon sauce.

Warhol exhibit at the Museum of Theatre, Wroclaw Poland. Photo by Pawel Czerwinski.

“Let’s have pork chops tonight”, I was told. Okay, I thought, let’s try a recipe that I used to enjoy as a young lad. I hadn’t eaten this in years but remembered the wonderful zesty tomato sauce with lemon and how tender the meat was. I searched on line using the keywords “pork chops, tomato, lemon” and came across a variety of retro sounding recipes that even included the classic Campbell’s tomato soup. But I still couldn’t find the one that I remembered. So in the spirit of reviving a vintage recipe, I hunted through my mom’s old recipe box and finally came across the slightly spattered and faded recipe card I was looking for.

I’ve added some spicy chili paste but if you want a milder sauce, just substitute a little black pepper to taste.

Pork Chops in a Zesty Tomato Sauce

Tender pork chops baked in a tomato and lemon sauce.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 260kcal
Author: Kevin Lamoureux

Ingredients

  • 4 pork chops (about 1 lb)
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup (10 oz)
  • 1 oz water
  • Juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp chili paste (Sambal)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Arrange pork chops in an enamel-coated cast iron roasting pan, sprinkle with garlic salt.
  • Cover and bake for 40 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine the remaining sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  • Remove the pan from the oven, drain the fat and pour the sauce over the pork chops.
  • Return to the oven and bake covered for another 40 minutes.

Notes

Mashed potatoes and green beans make excellent side dishes that go well with the sauce.

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