Persons: 2 Cost: $$ Level: medium Time: preparation 35-40 min Ingredients: easy to find
The pork chop, lovingly called ”schaboszczak” in Poland, is one of our most common dishes. It dates back to the time of the Polish People’s Republic. In my family, we would serve it for Sunday dinner, preceded by “rosół,” Polish chicken soup. The first written ”schabowy” was published in Lucyna Ćwierczakiewiczówna’s “365 dinners for 5 zloty,” a cookbook that symbolised PPR times.
Pork chops are usually served with fried cabbage salad and potatoes—however, I prefer to prepare it with light, seasonal vegetables and a small Chez Domia twist. I hope you like it!
#What you need
- 2 pork chops (the best are with bone)
- 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1 big onion
- 1 egg
*And if you want to make it with my Chez Domia sides:
- 4-5 small potatoes
- 3 carrots
If you prefer to make this dish without the sides I propose, skip this part and go directly to #step2
If you are using young potatoes, there is no need to peel them; simply wash them well. If you only have regular potatoes, peel them.
Next, prepare a large pot of salted boiling water and drop your potatoes in. Cook for around 25-30 mins., over medium heat, and covered with a lid. To make sure your potatoes are cooked, take a fork and stick it into one. If it goes in smoothly and without resistance, it means they are ready to remove from the heat.
Let’s prepare our meat. Wash and dry your pork chops, then put one inside a plastic bag and pound it with a mallet. Do this on both sides, until the meat has increased by at least half its volume. Do the same with your second pork chop, then set both of them aside.
I suggest using a plastic bag for this step, to avoid getting meat all over your kitchen and yourself! 😉
Now we must prepare the coating. Take 2 medium bowls. In the first one, whisk your eggs until they are a clear, unified colour. Set your breadcrumbs in the second bowl. Chop an onion into medium-sized cubes, and chop your parsley.
If you are also making the Chez Domia sides, peel and cut your carrots into two parts. Set aside your onions, carrots and parsley.
Now take a pan and add 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil. During the time that oil will warm up we can prepare our pork chops. Take a first slice and sprinkle with salt and pepper, after dipped in beaten eggs and breadcrumbs. So prepared put on the hot pan and repeat all the same step with the second slice of pork chop.
After 5 mins., turn over your pork chops and add the carrots and onions, then cover and cook with the lid on for about 5 mins. Check occasionally to see whether your vegetables are becoming tender and your pork chops are turning golden. Once this happens, your dish is cooked!
Time to decorate. Take one “schabowy” (pork chop) and place it on a plate. Then add your potatoes and carrots. Spread your onions and parsley over the top, as shown in the sketch. Do the same with your second “schabowy.”
Dinner for 2 is ready! Smacznego (bon appetit in Polish)!
If you made more Schabowy, remember they can only remain in the fridge for one day after cooking