I think we all make very simple dishes often and as good as they are we always wish they had something extra. Chicken parmesan is I think the perfect example of a simple breaded chicken breast that has had something added to make it just a little better. There are a number of other things I can think of that have been changed the same way. There are a number of ways simple dishes have been elevated with sauces and gravy, but perhaps the simplest way is a relish.
Relishes can be either sweet or savory, I prefer savory. You can make a relish out of just about anything. When I make one it is usually based on what I have in the fridge. One that seems strange but works extremely well with a simple fried pork chop is made with the pickled pearl onions and apple with a little parsley and honey. When making a relish just think of things you like and put them together.
Simple things like pan fried fish, chicken, pork chops, and steak all benefit from a relish. Oven baked breaded things, or deep-fried are screaming for something. Breaded pork chops/cutlets are something I think most people make, wether fried or baked. You can find them pre-breaded in most grocery stores and even in the frozen section. I have always made my own and honestly it took me a long time to start making a relish to go with them.
This relish was made with what I had in the fridge yesterday. You could use any pickled product but I like olives and they were in the fridge.
6 finely chopped green olives ( I had the common stuffed ones)
1 chopped green onion
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Mix everything together and refrigerate for at least an hour.