Oven Baked Pork Chops with Carrots & Cheese Crust is a perfect family meal that is easy to prepare, pop in the oven & forget! It gets thumbs up every time!
I love pork! It is such a versatile meat that can be nice and lean and makes a nice change from the chicken. We have reduced our meat intake quite drastically in the last year or so but occasionally indulge in our meaty family favourites, this being one of them!
I've inherited this oven baked pork chops recipe from my mum and it's become part of my own family cooking repertoire.
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Oven Baked Pork Chops - easy family dinner!
One of the great things about this dish is that once assembled, it pretty much takes care of itself. I like to make it for Sunday lunch when I don't fancy spending a lot of time in the kitchen. It is also great when it's too hot to cook anything on the top of the stove but you fancy "proper" cooked dinner. We are the family who eat roast dinners and use our oven (not just for cakes) in the Summer almost as often as in Winter so one pan bakes like this one (especially when they are this easy) are always welcomed!
This bake reheats really well too, so if there are just two of you you can still make full recipe and enjoy leftovers the next day or freeze for later!
Do I need to tenderise the pork chops before baking?
I would highly recommend it as this makes all the difference when it comes to your final product and meat will be gorgeously tender and succulent plus it will cook quicker too! I suggest covering your meat with cling film when tenderising to avoid bits of meat splattering everywhere. If you don't own meat tenderiser* you can use simple rolling pin* instead to get the same result.
Why are you using mayonnaise in oven baked dish?
You might find it a bit odd using mayonnaise in baked dish but I promise you, it's been tried and tested and will not disappoint. Mayo together with natural meat juices will create the most wonderful sauce, you won't be able to get enough of. Trust me!
What to serve Oven Baked Pork Chops with Carrots & Cheese Crust with?
- Simple buttered jacket potato, plain rice or mash - any of these will go lovely with the yummy juices!
- Steamed green veg of your choice
- Crusty bread (try my Easy Yogurt Bread Rolls) and lightly dressed green salad
Depending on time of year you might want to pair it with one of the side dishes below:
- Homemade Fresh Tomato Salsa (Pico De Gallo)
- Easy Grated Carrot Salad
- Creamy Summer Coleslaw
- Oven Roasted Asparagus
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan & Garlic
How to make Oven Baked Pork Chops with Carrots & Cheese Crust - Step-By-Step
Oven Baked Pork Chops with Carrots & Cheese Crust
- 4 pork loin chops or boneless pork chops any visible fat trimmed
- 4 carrots peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 onion peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 teaspoon (heaped) sweet paprika powder
- 1 teaspoon (heaped) mixed herbs
- 4 tablespoon (heaped) mayonnaise
- 100 g grated cheese mature cheddar works well here
- Spring onions to garnish
- salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon rapeseed or olive oil for the baking dish
- Prepare ovenproof baking dish (roughly 33x23cm/ 13x9inch) by lightly oiling it.
- Spread sliced carrots evenly at the bottom of the dish.
- Follow by layer of thinly sliced onions.
- Sprinkle the veg with paprika and mixed herbs.
- Trim the fat of pork loin chops if you wish and give every slice a good bash with rolling pin or meat tenderiser to make it nice and thin. Season each slice with salt and pepper.
- Place seasoned steaks over the vegetables.
- Spread mayonnaise over the meat in thick and even layer.
- Sprinkle grated cheese.
- Cover with aluminium foil (or the lid if your baking dish comes with one) and bake at 180°C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for about 1 hour after which take the foil/lid off and bake for another 15 min for the cheese to create nice, brown crust.
- Sprinkle with spring onions and serve with your choice of sides.
- Nutritional information is approximate, per serving and should be treated as a guideline only.
- Freezer friendly. Freeze baked and cooled dish in freezer safe container. Defrost in the fridge overnight and reheat in the oven (using oven safe dish) or microwave until piping hot.
Update Notes: This post was originally published on 6 June 2017 and republished in June 2019 with some helpful info, new photos, recipe card, step by step photo instructions.
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Eden | Sweet Tea and Thyme says
So good! Comfort food at it's finest! We all wanted seconds, haha!
Thank you Eden! So pleased to hear that! 🙂
Sara Welch says
What an awesome recipe! This will make a great family dinner for tonight! Yum!
Thanks Sara! 🙂 Enjoy!
This is an amazing recipe that reminds me of the dish my mom used to make. I especially love the cheesy crust on the pork.
Thank you Edyta! 🙂 This is my version of the recipe my mum used to make for us when I was little. Cheese crust is just the best!
I am usually not a big fan of pork chops because I find them to be too dry. But these look just the opposite. They look moist and yummy and I can't wait to make them.
It is indeed Vicky, not a dry morsel of pork with this recipe! 🙂 I hope you like it!
Krissy Allori says
Oh the cheesy crust looks so good! I know my kids will love this!
Thanks Krissy! 🙂 My two cannot get enough of it whenever I make it!
Thao @ In Good Flavor says
I am always on the lookout for simple recipes for the family. I love that this a one dish meal that comes together with little effort. The use of mayo is a great idea, not only to create juices but to keep the pork moist.
Thank you Thao! I'm the same, always on the lookout for easy family dinners. 🙂 The pork ends up beautifully moist and tender here and I do agree it is thanks to top layer of mayo. I hope you enjoy it if you decide to make it. 🙂
It sounds delicious! I think I've come across another recipe with mayonnaise in in the past but I'd forgotten about it completely. This definitely makes me want to have a go at something like this as I'm sure the sauce in it is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice x
Thanks lovely! It really is delicious and this gorgeous sauce really makes it. x
Kirsty Hijacked By Twins says
Oooh this looks so tasty! This would certainly go down well here x #CookBlogShare
Thanks Kirsty! 🙂 Clean plates all round, every time here 🙂 x
Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie says
Oh I am such a fan of meals you can pop in the oven and leave to take care of themselves - bliss!! I must say I am intrigued by the mayonnaise idea...but I can well believe it works. And hey, I'm such a mayo fan, I'd happily put it in anything!! 😀 Thanks for linking up to #CookBlogShare! Eb x
Thanks Eb! I love one pot, cook yourself without much bother type of dinners especially when the weather is so much nicer! I'm a bit of a mayo fiend myself 🙂 and here it works so beautifully creating this rather lush sauce so I think you wouldn't be disappointed 🙂 xx
Karen, the next best thing to mummy says
This looks tasty I am not a fan of baked beans if I'm honest I always say it's because my mum fed me so many when I was a child but looking at your photos may just entice me into giving them another try#[email protected]_karendennis
Hi Karen, Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂 There are no baked beans in this dish at all so you should be fine 🙂
Michelle Rolfe says
Great looking family dinner, I think my whole family would enjoy! Must give it a try as we all love pork. #CookBlogShare
Thank you Michelle 🙂 I hope you enjoy it if you decide to give it a go. Please come back and let me know 🙂
Monika Dabrowski says
Great family recipe and I like how you managed to sneak a fair amount of vegetables in it too! #CookBlogShare
Thanks! 🙂 Kids can never get enough of it and fair bit of veg with it is definitely added bonus! 🙂