Garlic Cashew Crusted Pork Chops are my primal, paleo, low carb version of “shake and bake” pork chops. Except these are grain free and taste even better. I have been experimenting with cashew meal and sunflower meal lately in the kitchen. Surprised to find out that this combination of nut and seed meals makes the best pork chop breading I have ever had. My husband said that these pork chops were better than the ones I used to make with the shake and bake breading. He is really particular about pork chops, as they are his childhood favorite. We both grew up with those shake and bake pork chops. We have these garlic cashew crusted pork chops at least once a week now, and I always serve them with spinach salad. My hubby has to always have spinach with his pork chops. He says they go together, and can’t be served apart. I call his quirky food rules that don’t make sense “food OCD”.
- 5 medium size pork chops
- 2 eggs, beaten
- ½ cup cashew meal, I found this at Trader Joes or you can grind up raw cashews into powdered meal, or get it here
- ⅓ cup ground sunflower seeds, (grind up raw shelled sunflower seeds into a powdered meal)
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1½ tsp smoked paprika, like this one
- 1 tsp chipotle chili powder, like this one
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 2 tbsp parmesan cheese * optional, can omit if dairy free.
- Preheat oven to 400 F, and generously grease or oil a large baking dish.
- In a processor or magic bullet type blender, grind up cashews until powdered meal forms (if you can’t find cashew meal). Put ground cashews in a bowl and set aside.
- In processor or magic bullet type blender grind the sunflower seeds until powdered meal forms. Add ground sunflower seeds to the cashew meal in bowl.
- Combine with the cashew and sunflower meal: 2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp sea salt, 1½ tsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp chipotle chili powder, ½ tsp black pepper and 2 tbsp parmesan cheese * optional. Mix together thoroughly.
- In a separate medium size mixing bowl beat 2 eggs.
- Dip a pork chop in beaten eggs and place in the cashew breading bowl, and coat pork chop in cashew breading. Flip chop over and coat the other side. Once coated, place in prepared baking dish. Repeat with each pork chop.
- Bake at 400 F for 20 to 30 minutes depending on thickness of pork chop. Half way through cooking time flip the pork chops over then continue baking for remaining time.