I grew up in the 70’s. I’m not old, I’m a classic. Anyway, in the 70’s, moms were just getting out into workforce in larger numbers (smoking their Virginia Slims and wearing Charlie! Cologne) and fast and easy meal solutions were really making headway in American kitchens. There were TV dinners, of course, but there were also a number of instant sauces and coatings designed to make quick meals that tasted (allegedly) homemade. My favorite of all these had to be Shake ‘n Bake. Bread crumb seasoning mixes that you used to coat pork or chicken and baked for a “Better Than Frying” fast meal! The commercials were GREAT, some little kid (with a Southern accent. It was always a Southern kid) asking Grandma if she (always she, this was the 70’s) could help “fry up” supper. That’s when Grandma would let the little tyke in on her secret 🤫 She doesn’t fry anymore – she uses Shake ‘n Bake! Blah blah blah, they cook, the family loves it, “so tender and juicy” exclaims Grandpa. Then the little tyke blurts out “Its Shake ‘n Bake, and I HELPED”!!
Well tykes, today we’ll learn how to make our own Shake and Bake style pork chops without any of the pesky modified food starch or sodium silicoaluminate (dang it!). Just as easy, just as crispy, and just as tasty (dare I say more tasty?), as the original without frying! (Read more…)