I think this recipe is an absolute gem. Really, in all my years of cooking, I don't think I have ever made chops as delectable as these! Crispy-crunchy on the outside, meltingly tender and moist on the inside. The key, I think, is the salty milk marinade/brine, and making sure not to overcook them. Thanks to Gourmet Magazine for this one.
- In a large shallow dish, like a 9x13 pan, stir together milk and first amount of salt.
- Add pork chops (you could use bone-in chops, if you wish) and marinate (if you want to call it that; it's more of a milk brine methinks), covered and in fridge, for at least one hour (maximum 4 hours).
- Turn chops once, halfway through marinating/brining time.
- When ready to cook chops, preheat oven to 200F and have ready an ovenproof platter.
- In a shallow dish (like a pie plate), combine freshly made bread crumbs (grind bread in food processor to make crumbs; you'll need about 8 slices) with garlic powder, rosemary, thyme and remaining amount of salt.
- Remove chops from milk and let excess milk drip off, then dredge chops in bread crumbs, lightly patting crumbs onto both sides of chops so they adhere.
- Place breaded pork chops on a tray, keeping chops in one layer.
- In a large 12-inch skillet over high heat, place butter and oil.
- Saute chops, 2 1/2 to 3 minutes per side only.
- DO NOT OVERCOOK, do not crowd chops in skillet, and turn only once; chops should be golden brown and just cooked through.
- Place cooked chops on platter and keep warm in preheated oven.
- Cook remaining chops (you may have to do 3 batches, depending on the size of your pan and how many chops you do); add more oil and butter to pan if necessary (it likely will be).
- I recommend serving with applesauce.