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Apple Pecan Stuffed Pork Chops

Apple Pecan Stuffed Pork Chops – thick pork chops stuffed with an apple and pecan mixture and roasted to perfection.

With the arrival of the fall season, it seems that everyone’s mind automatically switches over from salads and iced drinks to more warm, homey foods.

Use some of fall's bounty to make these Apple Pecan Stuffed Pork Chops. Perfect for company or family weekend dinner. https://www.lanascooking.com/apple-pecan-stuffed-pork-chops/

Some of my personal favorites are all the comforting soups and stews that go hand in hand with fall weather. But I could never forget one of our local fall produce stars – apples!

The area of north Georgia where we live is a huge producer of apples supplying an average of 2 million pounds per year.

There are dozens of orchards within a short drive from us and they produce some of the best, tastiest apples you’ve ever seen! I love using our local apples to make a big batch of Spiced Applesauce in the Slow Cooker that we freeze and enjoy throughout the year.

When we think of apples, we almost always think “sweet” don’t we? Pies, crisps, crumbles, tarts, cakes, baked apples, applesauce.

They’re all certainly delicious, but sometimes I wanted to do something different and along a savory route like these Apple Pecan Stuffed Pork Chops. 

These stuffed chops are easy to prepare and make a pretty presentation for a company dinner. They’re also perfect for a weekend family meal.

The apple and pecan combination is an interesting complement to the savory pork. I hope you’ll give this recipe a try.

How to Make Apple Pecan Stuffed Pork Chops:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Create pocket for stuffing in each chop for Apple Pecan Stuffed Pork Chops

For a stuffing pork chop, you want a thickness of at least 1 1/2 inches. A thinner chop is difficult to work with in creating the pockets for the stuffing. Also, you’ll need a very sharp, long, thin knife to make the task easier. Of course, you could just ask your butcher to do it for you if you don’t want to do it yourself.

Also, if I was serving this for guests, I’d remove the flesh from the bone at the lower end of the chop creating a Frenched effect. These were for family, so I didn’t bother with that. Be sure to trim the pork chops of any excess fat. Then create the pockets by cutting through the flesh of each pork chop nearly to the bone.

Season chops for Apple Pecan Stuffed Pork Chops

Liberally season the chops both inside and out with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Mix stuffing or Apple Pecan Stuffed Pork Chops

In a medium bowl, combine the fresh bread crumbs (made mine from some leftover ciabatta), chopped onion, minced garlic, chopped apple, pecans, parsley, mustard, 2 tablespoons oil, salt, and pepper. Mix well. (Note: I always choose a Golden Delicious apple for stuffings, etc., because they keep their shape during cooking better than most. You could, however, use any crisp, juicy apple that you particularly like.)

Stuff pockets for Apple Pecan Stuffed Pork Chops

Stuff the pocket of each chop with a generous amount of the bread-apple-pecan mixture. You should have plenty of the mixture to fill four large chops.

Secure pockets for Apple Pecan Stuffed Pork Chops

Secure the opening with toothpicks. I used two – one at the top and one at the bottom.

Brown the chops for Apple Pecan Stuffed Pork Chops

Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of canola oil and the butter. Add the chops, two at a time, and cook until nicely browned on both sides.

Add all chops to pan for Apple Pecan Stuffed Pork Chops

Add all four browned chops back to the pan and add the chicken broth or stock. I was using my big 12″ cast iron skillet and had to fit those chops in there like they were pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, but it worked out!

Cover the skillet with a lid or with aluminum foil. Transfer to the oven and cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour, basting occasionally with the pan juices. Check often making sure not to overcook.

Remove the pan from the oven and transfer the chops to a plate. Tent with foil to keep warm.

Reduce the sauce for Apple Pecan Stuffed Pork Chops

Strain the cooking juices to remove any solid bits and return the strained juices to the pan. Cook over high heat at a rapid boil until reduced to your desired consistency to create a sauce to serve with the chops. The sauce may be finished with a teaspoon or two of butter if desired.

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Use some of fall's bounty to make these Apple Pecan Stuffed Pork Chops. Perfect for company or family weekend dinner. https://www.lanascooking.com/apple-pecan-stuffed-pork-chops/

Apple Pecan Stuffed Pork Chops

Thick pork chops stuffed with an apple-pecan mixture and roasted to perfection.
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 680kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 4 rib pork chops on the bone 1 1/2” thick
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup chopped Golden Delicious apple
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup minced flat leaf parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. dry mustard
  • 4 tblsp. canola oil divided use
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • dash of black pepper
  • 1 tblsp. butter
  • 1 cup chicken broth or stock

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Trim the pork chops of any excess fat. Create a pocket in each chop by cutting through the flesh nearly to the bone. Season the chops inside and out with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the fresh bread crumbs, chopped onion, minced garlic, chopped apple, pecans, parsley, mustard, 2 tablespoons oil, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  • Stuff the pocket of each chop with a generous amount of the bread-apple-pecan mixture. Secure the opening with toothpicks.
  • Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Add the remaining canola oil and butter. Add the chops, two at a time, and cook until nicely browned on both sides. Add all four browned chops back to the pan and add the chicken broth or stock.
  • Cover the skillet with a lid or with aluminum foil. Transfer to the oven and cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour, basting occasionally with pan juices. Check often making sure not to overcook.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and transfer the chops to a plate. Tent with foil to keep warm.
  • Strain the cooking juices to remove any solid bits and return the strained juices to the pan. Cook over high heat at a rapid boil until juices are reduced to your desired consistency to create a sauce to serve with the chops. The sauce may be finished with a teaspoon or two of butter if desired.

Notes

Recipe adapted from About.com

Nutrition Information

Serving 1 | Calories 680kcal | Carbohydrates 20g | Protein 46g | Fat 46g | Saturated Fat 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat 32g | Cholesterol 143mg | Sodium 900mg | Fiber 3g | Sugar 5g

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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27 Comments

  1. Thanks for this . I have some chops and was in a quandary as to how to prepare a different dish. Making this now.

  2. Heather | girlichef says:

    I love thick-cut chops like this – and that stuffing is just blowing my mind!

    1. Helen McCracken says:

      This was amazing! So good!

  3. Exquisitely done! Such a nice treat apples with pork chops is classic and you have done it so well.

  4. Jane, The Heritage Cook says:

    Oh My Lana! These are stupendous – I love your step-by-step instructions and photos. It’s been a while since I made stuffed pork chops and I think it is time again! You’ve inspired me :-)

  5. Those are some thick pork chops! Apples and pork are a perfect match.

  6. Barbara | Creative Culinary says:

    Oh Lana these sound amazing. I don’t think I have any thick pork chops but I’m so desperate to try this I might have to sew 2 thin ones together. :) Yum really is the word!

  7. Kim Beaulieu says:

    I love stuffed chops. They are so delicious and perfect for cooler weather. Nothing better than pork chops and apples. This looks SO amazing.

  8. Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic says:

    Stuffed pork chops are exactly what I think of when I think fall comfort food. Crisp, juicy apples are a perfect pairing.

  9. Julie Blanner says:

    This sounds fall-tastic!

  10. Rocky Mountain Woman says:

    I am sooooo making these this weekend! They look like the perfect fall weekend treat!

  11. susan // the wimpy vegetarian says:

    These look so good! And I had no idea northern Georgia was such a big apple growing area! I lived in Atlanta for several years and go back there almost every Thanksgiving and missed that vital point. (I love apples!)

  12. I can’t imagine anything that I would love more, right now!

    Miss P

  13. The Food Hunter says:

    This is a delicious way to use up all those fall apples!

  14. Lauren @ Healthy Delicious says:

    This looks great – I love apples and pork together! And I love that you went savory for this month’s menu. :)

  15. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I love making stuffed pork chops! These look fantastic and i love the idea of adding in pecans too. My Georgia born and raised grandmother would have gone crazy over something like this….yum!

  16. Laura @MotherWouldKnow says:

    I love pork chops, but I’ve never stuffed them. With your excellent photos, it will be easy to take that next step and make a truly beautiful looking set of chops for a festive dinner. Your apple stuffing is superb looking too – what a lovely way to amp up the flavor of pork chops!

  17. Lauren Kelly Nutrition says:

    My family would go crazy for these pork chops! What a delicious recipe!

  18. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living says:

    What a hearty Fall meal – pure comfort food!

  19. Brenda@SugarfreeMom says:

    I haven’t stuffed a pork chop in a really long time. This filling sounds awesome!

  20. These look so good, they’re making my mouth water! I had no idea Georgia produced so many apples, fun fact and wonderful recipe!

  21. Yum! Saving this for an easy company dish.

  22. I adore stuffed pork chops and love this recipe. Looks so perfect for this time of year!

  23. Paula - bell'alimento says:

    Now that’s a stuffed pork chop! Looks amazing Lana.

  24. Wow, these seriously look like the BEST pork chops ever!! Definitely adding these to my must-make list!

  25. You’ve reminded me of a stuffed pork chop recipe I used to make that is quite similar! I’m going to have to try your spectacular version—the family will be thrilled to see these beautiess for dinner!!!

  26. These look wonderful Lana! I love savory apple dishes almost as much as I do sweet ones, and apples are a natural with pork. Fantastic!