How long do you fry pork chops, chicken chops and meatballs?

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What do you think of when you think ‘comfort foods’? Next to traditional pies and casseroles, chops and meatballs may be on your list of childhood taste memories.

They are one of the simplest ways to cook meat. Add breadcrumbs, eggs and a pinch of salt and the base of your meal is ready within minutes. How long exactly do you need to fry chops and meatballs?

Remember that the exact cooking times depend on the thickness of the  meat chunks that you use. If you want to make sure that the meat is  cooked through, use a thermometer. The internal temperature of minced  pork or beef should be at least 71oC. For chicken fillets, the thermometer should read 74oC or above. When it comes to pork chops, the minimum safe temperature is 62oC.

Chicken chops
2-3 minutes on each side
Pork chops
4-5 minutes on each side
Meatballs
10-15 minutes, depending on a size; turn frequently


Did you know?

Pork and chicken chops can be prepared in a variety of ways but if you like the chicken-nuggets-style crispy crust, try breaded or battered chops. The easiest way to prepare breaded chicken or pork chops is to dip them in mixed eggs and then coat with crumbs. The basic batter consists of plain or self-raising flour, egg, milk, salt and pepper. Batters make a great base for experiments.

In some recipes additional ingredients like Worcestershire sauce, beer, herbs, roasted paprika etc. are added to spice up the flavour. There are also some more exotic possibilities, like coating your chops with sesame seeds instead of the usual crumbs or flour.

And how do you prepare your favourite batter?

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