Baked Pork Chops and Brown Rice

This is one of the most forgiving recipes I have ever come up with.  Depending on what you use as oils and liquids will lend a different flavor every time!  Michaela had been diagnosed in 2009 right before Thanksgiving and I struggled to come up with something different than bread stuffing for dinner, alas Brown Rice!  It has been a staple in our menu ever since.

The rice will take 45-50 min to cook so I get that on the stove first.
5 cups liquid (I use 2 1/2 cups Swanson Chicken Broth and 2 1/2 cups Orange Juice.  If you don’t have one or the other, water will work fine but it will not be as flavorful )
2 cups Brown Rice  (gluten free)
1 stick butter (vegan butter if dairy allergies)

Bring liquid and butter to a boil and add rice.  Reduce heat to a simmer and cover.  During the next 40 minutes, remove the lid and stir only two or three times.

While the rice is cooking, I chop one large onion and about five or six stalks of celery and saute in butter.  The amount of onion and celery that you choose is a personal preference.  My family happens to like this dish with more, so I put more in the recipe.
While this mixture is sauteing, I brown my pork chops with just a little bit of oil in the frying pan.  I have used Walnut, Grapeseed, Sesame, Olive, and Almond Oil.  Each oil lends just a tad of difference in taste, all have been delicious!  As I have said before, I love to experiment with food and this is one recipe I have found I can do a lot to without messing it up. As the chops are browning, I salt and pepper both sides, adding just a sprinkle of McCormick’s Garlic and Parsley.  In this dish, I am using 8 pork chops, but if you do not need that much, the recipe can easily be cut in half.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Once the onions and celery are as sauteed to your preference, remove from heat and set aside.  When the rice has reached 40 min. there should only be a little liquid left in the rice.  Add your onion and celery mixture to the rice and continue simmering for an additional 5-10 min.  Do not let it cook until completely dry.  Add salt and pepper to taste and set aside.
Place your rice in an 11 x 9 glass baking dish.  Layer your browned pork chops on top.  Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until done.  You will definitely know when this dish is done by it’s aroma!

If you would like to dress up the meal, add mandarin oranges about 10 minutes before removing from oven along with parsley sprigs for color.


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Comments: 24

  1. alejandro guzman January 25, 2011 at 4:27 am Reply

    yum and yum!

    Not a big fan of the chop but I guess you could substitute with another cut of meat.


  2. tbaoo January 25, 2011 at 9:16 am Reply

    your house smells, can i come round for dinner :)

  3. SJ January 25, 2011 at 9:47 am Reply

    I had just about gone off rice but I really like what you’ve done here. Another one for me to try out :)

  4. Mary January 25, 2011 at 11:26 am Reply

    Alejandro, yes you could use cuts of beef and use Swanson’s Beef broth with water. I don’t know how the OJ would go with beef. Hmmm…may have to try it. You could also use lamb. Good ideas. Thanks!
    Tbaoo-you are welcome for dinner anytime! I love cooking for people:)
    SJ-This is a twist on rice that is worth giving a try. Doesn’t taste anything like normal, everyday rice:)

  5. Ed Lawrence January 25, 2011 at 2:57 pm Reply

    I was wondering what I was going to attempt to make for dinner tonight! I will give it a go , I am no a cook, but I try! Thanks Mary for the tip!

  6. Mary January 25, 2011 at 3:05 pm Reply

    Ed, you will have to let me know what you think of it. It is just a recipe that demands a little more time than others.

  7. Ed Lawrence January 25, 2011 at 10:20 pm Reply

    I am making this dish now as I type. It does smell wonderful! Thank you!

  8. This looks so yummie, I can almost smell it! I love chops!!!

  9. Ron January 26, 2011 at 12:00 am Reply

    Mary – Thank you for sharing your stories and recipes. I follow a special diet that does not include meat, but this sounded yummy :). I have passed your blog along to friends who would enjoy it and share it with others.

    Be well,

  10. Debra January 26, 2011 at 4:38 am Reply

    Sounds (and looks) like a winner!
    Brown rice is a staple in our house too.

  11. Jorie Pacli January 26, 2011 at 6:01 am Reply

    Mary! You need to really invite me for dinner tonight…lol! I crave for this dish now…:) My tongue stretches all the way to your place, so incredible!!!

  12. Pamela January 27, 2011 at 6:48 am Reply

    love brown rice! I won’t go back to white!

  13. Jessica M January 27, 2011 at 5:24 pm Reply

    I’m a fan of brown rice too! I love coming to this blog…I always get new ideas for recipes.

  14. Mary January 27, 2011 at 8:07 pm Reply

    Ron, thank you for sharing my blog with others. Jorie, you are always welcome at my table if you are ever in TN:) Pamela & Debra, I used to eat white rice all the time until I tried brown. That is all we have now and we love it. And Jessica, thank you for your kind words. Hope to see you come back soon for another visit!

  15. yourskinchick January 27, 2011 at 10:03 pm Reply

    Mary, sounds yummy. When I cook it up, I will definitely let you know.

    Thanks for putting wonderful information on your site.


  16. Dee/reddirtramblings October 2, 2011 at 8:28 pm Reply

    Thank you for this recipe. I used to make one which was similar with cream of whatever soup. We always added mushrooms. I’m going to make this tonight. Thanks again.~~Dee

  17. Stephanie Carlson May 28, 2012 at 10:15 pm Reply

    I found your site through Melt in Your Mouth Mondays blog hop. I love recipes like this one – can’t wait to try it! Have you tried this in a slow cooker? Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Mary Hudak-Collins May 29, 2012 at 3:32 am Reply

      Thank you Stephanie for dropping by ☺ No, I haven’t ever tried it in a slow cooker. I imagine it would work out pretty well and be less preparation time. If you try it, please give me a shout and let me know how it turned out.

  18. Jo-Lynne {Musings of a Housewife} May 29, 2012 at 5:40 pm Reply

    That sounds DELICIOUS!

    • Mary Hudak-Collins May 29, 2012 at 6:25 pm Reply

      Thank you Jo-Lynne. I ran across another pork chop recipe today that sounds very tasty too. It’s great to be able to share everyone’s ideas and different ways to make foods ☺

  19. April @ The 21st Century Housewife May 30, 2012 at 12:02 am Reply

    This sounds absolutely delicious, and I love the idea of adding the mandarin oranges. Brown rice is such a healthy food as well as being very tasty – this sounds like a fantastic main course!

    • Mary Hudak-Collins May 30, 2012 at 12:26 pm Reply

      April, thanks for stopping by ☺ I don’t use ‘Minute Rice’ in this recipe, but I expect that it would be fine, and would cut down the cooking time considerably. It’s been years since we have eaten white rice. We enjoy the taste of the brown rice more and the healthy aspect of it weighs in too. Again, I appreciate your visit!

  20. Julie Marling May 30, 2012 at 1:07 pm Reply

    Great info on you site.. New follower from Duck n a row hop.. Love for you to follow back! I am hosting a facebook hop now. Love for you to link up your facebook page.

    • Mary Hudak-Collins June 1, 2012 at 2:27 pm Reply

      Hey Julie! Going over there now to check it out! Thank you for the invite ☺

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