We’re keeping it simple again this week with another sheet pan recipe, this time with chimichurri slathered pork chops and roasted green beans!
I’m kind of obsessed with recipes that do double duty. If something can be repurposed or changed around, then it’s a total winner as far as I’m concerned! And that’s just what’s happening this week with this sheet pan recipe of chimichurri pork chops and roasted green beans.
I heart chimichurri sauce because it’s got a zingy, spicy, herby flavor and works so well on a million different ingredients.
Toss it with roasted carrots, marinade flank steak in it, brush it on chicken thighs on the grill. It’s versatile, flavorful, and you can make it as spicy as you wish.
Since we’re heading face first into fall, it’s time again to start busting out the trusty sheet pan recipes! They’re my go-to on busy nights; I still kind of can’t get over how easy they are. This chimichurri pork chop recipe is no different.
If you’ve got time, I recommend brining the pork chops for at least a few hours beforehand, overnight if possible.
I usually do a 2:1 water to salt ratio, and make sure to rinse the pork chops well afterward. Pork has a tendency to dry out, but brining keeps the chops moist and practically fool proof!
If you don’t have time to brine, however, no worries. Even if you leave the chops in the oven a bit longer than intended, the chimichurri sauce makes up for all kinds of ills!
I love serving these zingy chimichurri pork chops with green beans, since their fresh flavor holds up well to roasting, which brings out an innate nuttiness in the beans.
But again, the beauty of sheet pan dinners is their versatility.
If you can’t get your hands on green beans, lots of other veggies would work; diced potatoes, sliced zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, even carrots, if they’re sliced thin enough to roast at the same time as the pork.
Because that’s the only trick with sheet pan dinners, isn’t it? Everything needs to roast alongside together and be done at the same time. Make sure your vegetables are in that kind of sweet spot size; not too thick and not too thin. Whatever side you choose needs to be done in the same amount of time as the pork.
(Although… if you have to remove one item beforehand and then finish cooking the rest, no one will die. The world will keep turning. You have my permission to experiment when you like).