Ultimate Stuffed Pork Chops
I love pork! Pork chops, pork roast, bacon! I use this recipe whenever I have guests come over. It’s a pretty looking recipe and it can feed a lot of people! It’s so easy to make more or less depending on your size of pork. It’s time sensitive because you can make the stuffing a day ahead and even cut up and pocket the pork ahead of time. This makes assembly a breeze and then it’s an hour and a half in the oven you are free to spend with your family or make some sides!
For the pork I start off by making my stuffing. I add the butter to a skillet and saute the onions, garlic and apples. For the apples I love using granny smiths. The tang coupled with the onion and pork is amazing! But use your favorite apple or any apple that is on sale this week. I will say red and delicious just doesn’t have the flavor this dish needs. You can use it but I’d stick with the golden or green apple variety. While the stuffing is getting good and brown I chop up my fresh herbs and add them to the pan. I just let this mixture chill on low while I start the process of butchering my pork.
The pork loin I used was 4.4 pounds and I was able to get 6 think cut chops out of it. My last chop was a little messy and hard to get a pocket but it still worked out and will taste just as good as the pretty ones.
It’s time to stuff these beautiful babies with our delish onion/apple mixture! I put one spoonful in each chop and then go back and fill in with the remaining stuffing. Now it’s time for the magic to happen! This delicious magic ingredient I speak of is of course BACON! There is nothing like delicious crispy bacon it makes everything better and every dish delicious. For this dish I typically use about three slices pure chop, but I was lacking in the bacon department today and didn’t want to dethawed any so using what I had allowed me two strips per chop. I do cut the bacon in half and just lay it over the top of my stuffed chops but if you are feeling adventurous go ahead and wrap up your whole chop with one long piece!
All that’s left is to put a little liquid in the bottom and into the oven my gorgeous pork masterpiece goes! Today I prepped my squash and potatoes while this beauty cooked. I also changed a diaper and played some peek-a-boo because #momlife. When all was said and done I took out a scrumptious looking Apple-stuffed Pork Chops! Blessed eating my family!
This Sunday I am serving my amazing Stuffed Pork Chops with mashed potatoes and baked delicata squash with cream and Parmesan. If you are a paleo person try some mashed cauliflower and roasted acorn squash!
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Ultimate Stuffed Pork Chops (Paleo, GF, Dairy Free)
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 1 ½ hour
4-5 Pound Pork Roast or Thick Cut Pork Chops
2 Tbsp butter or Ghee
1 Apple (Granny Smith and Gala work best)
3 Cloves Garlic
1 Medium Yellow Onion
1 bunch herbs (Oregano, Thyme, Sage)
3 Tbsp dried herbs (Oregano, Thyme, Sage)
1 Package Bacon slices cut in half
2-3 Tbsp vegetable broth
2-3 Tbsp water
Start your stuffing by adding butter or ghee to a medium high skillet. Chop up your onion, apple and garlic and sauté while stirring until soft. Chop and add fresh or dried herbs. Sauté another few minutes until the apples turn a little brown in color.
While your onion mixture cooks take your pork roast and cut it into 4-6 2” chops depending on the size of your roast. Then take a very sharp knife and create a pocket in each chop. The pocket should not go all the way through the sides or back or the chop.
Take your stuffing off the stove (remember if you did not make it ahead of time it will be hot!!). Place your pork chops in a baking dish (they should be kind of squished but not overcrowding the dish) and stuff them with the onion mixture.
Next lay your half slices of bacon over the top of the stuffing mixture and tuck it down on the sides of the other pork chop (you can add some toothpicks but it shouldn’t be necessary if the pork is tight together).
Add water or broth to the bottom of your baking dish and place it in your oven on 375 degrees for 1 ½ hours. If the top of the bacon starts to get too brown place some aluminum foil on top.