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Apple Pecan Stuffed Pork Chops

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

Ingredients

  • 4 rib pork chops on the bone 1 ½” thick
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ cup fresh bread crumbs
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • ½ cup chopped Golden Delicious apple
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup minced flat leaf parsley
  • ½ tsp. dry mustard
  • 4 tblsp. canola oil divided use
  • ½ 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

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