Sometimes, you just crave a pork roast. For me, it’s at the end of a long day—the ones where I’m so busy I breeze past lunch and all of a sudden it’s 7 o’clock. I dream of satisfying, tender slices complete with a heaping side of vegetables. The kind of dinner that refuels and recharges me.
The last thing I want? To wait hours for the dang thing to cook.
“But, Katie!” you cry. “That’s what an Instant-Pot is for!” And as much as I wish I could join y'all, I don’t have the space in my teeny kitchen. Instead, I have a sheet pan.
And that’s all I need, according to the editors of America’s Test Kitchen. In their latest guide to speedy dinners, Dinner Illustrated: 175 Meals Ready in 1 Hour or Less, they have developed a recipe for sheet pan pork chops that packs all the satisfaction of a roast dinner in a third of the time:
“Thick-cut bone-in pork chops deliver the succulence of a larger roast but cook in just 10 to 15 minutes, making them the perfect weeknight treat.”
Another speedy dinner option!
You’ll need a hot hot oven to whip up dinner so quickly, 450° F. And to ensure the chops don’t dry out (shudder) make sure they measure between 1 and 1 1/2 inches thick. Also, let them rest for 5 to 10 minutes after cooking.
The entire meal takes an hour, and you’re rewarded with a plate full of hearty roasted root vegetables, juicy pork, and bold parsley vinaigrette. A pretty great way to end a long weekday.
- 1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes
- 1 pound carrots
- 1 fennel bulb
- 10 garlic cloves
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 4 (12-ounce) bone-in center-cut pork chops, 1 to 1 ½ inches thick
- 1 small shallot
- 1 handful fresh parsley
- 4 teaspoons red wine vinegar
- 1/8 teaspoon sugar
What's your favorite weeknight wonder dinner? Share recipes in the comments!