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These deliciously easy-to-make stuffed pork chops are loaded with flavor and will absolutely blow your guests away.
I am a huge fan of pork and feel it is such a versatile inexpensive cut of protein. If you are looking to try out some new recipes, then definitely try my Smothered Pork Chops or Croque Monsieur.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of the Michigan Cherry Committee. The opinions and text are all mine.
Stuffed Pork Chops
Stuffed pork chops are an incredibly versatile dish that consists of an agreed-upon stuffing that is then inserted into a small slit of a bone-in or boneless pork chop. It’s versatile because you can decide on any stuffing you’d like to use.
One of the most important factors in making this a successful recipe is ensuring your pork chops are at least 1” thick. If it’s too thin the stuffing will break through the pork.
Here are some great things to stuff pork chops with:
- Root Vegetables
- Leafy Greens
- Montmorency Dried Cherries
How To Make Stuffed Pork Chops
Follow these simple instructions for making homemade stuffed pork chops:
Cook some garlic in a small amount of oil over low heat for 1 to minutes.
Add in the baby spinach and cook until wilted.
Next, add cubed bread, dried cherries, salt, and pepper, and cook for 1 to minutes and set aside to slightly cool.
Stir in shredded fontina cheese once it has cooled.
Make a small slice into the side of the pork chop and slice it on the inside from front to back. Do not make the initial slit into the side of the pork chop any bigger than the width of the knife.
Evenly stuff each pork chop with the dried cherry stuffing by pressing it into the slit with your thumbs.
Brown the seasoned pork chops in a large frying pan with oil over high heat for 5-6 minutes or until well browned.
Flip the pork chops over, baste with fresh herb baster, and bake in the oven at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until cooked throughout.
To make the optional sauce, boil some beef stock in a pot over high heat until it is reduced by ¾ or thick.
Stir in whole grain mustard and dried cherries.
Serve the pork chops with the sauce and garnish with chopped parsley.
Montmorency Tart Cherries
Michigan Montmorency tart cherries are homegrown superfruits with science-based benefits. Thanks to years of scientific research, these ruby red orbs have broken out of the pie shell and onto the superfruit stage. This traditional pie ingredient has gained a new reputation – praised for its versatility, nutrient density, and health benefits.
Montmorency tart cherries are available year-round. They are bright red when harvested in the summer and retain that bold color dried, frozen, canned, or juiced. Choosing Michigan Montmorency tart cherries means you’re picking American-grown fruit. Imported tart cherries may travel more than 5,000 miles before reaching your grocery store. 75% of U.S. Montmorency tart cherries are grown locally in the state of Michigan.
How to Find Them
Imported tart cherries are boxed in shipping containers and travel halfway around the world, whereas our locally grown Michigan Montmorency tart cherries go straight from an American farm to your local grocery store.
When locating the packaged dried cherries at your favorite local grocery store, check out the back of the package which will highlight the city or country where they’re from. It’s also very easy to spot the “Montmorency” or Michigan tart cherries right on the front label to imply that they’ve been grown and packaged right here in the US.
Make-Ahead and Storage
Make-Ahead: These are meant to be eaten as soon as they are finished cooking.
How to Reheat: Add the desired amount to a small pan and heat in the oven at 350° F for 10-12 minutes or until warm. You can also heat in the microwave until warm.
How to Store: Cover and keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Cover and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the freezer for 1 day before reheating.
chef notes + tips
- You may use any artisan-style bread you’d like such as sourdough.
- The thick-cut pork chops will be 8-12 ounces in weight.
- Use a paring knife or a boning knife when cutting into the pork.
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Bone In Stuffed Pork Chops Recipe
For the Pork:
- 5 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 finely minced cloves of garlic
- 2 cups packed baby spinach
- 1 cup cubed sourdough bread
- ½ cup Montmorency tart cherries
- 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
- 1 cup shredded fontina cheese
- 6 thick cut bone-in pork chops
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 sprigs each fresh rosemary and thyme
- salt and pepper to taste
For the Sauce:
- 2 cups beef stock
- 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
- ¼ cup Montmorency tart cherries
- Preheat the oven to 350°.
- Add two tablespoons of olive oil to a large frying pan over low heat and cook the garlic from 1 to 2 minutes or just until done.
- Stir in the spinach and cook until it’s wilted, about 4-5 minutes while stirring occasionally.
- Add in the bread and cherries and cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until the bread is lightly toasted. Stir in the cheese and mustard.
- Season with salt and pepper and set aside until it is slightly cooled.
- In the meantime, make a small slice into the side of the pork chop and slice in the inside from front to back. Do not make the initial slit into the side of the pork chop any bigger than the width of the knife.
- Evenly stuff each pork chop with the dried cherry stuffing by pressing it into the slit of the pork chops with your thumbs.
- Season the pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper.
- Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil to a large frying over high heat. Once it begins to lightly smoke add in the pork chops, and butter, and cook for 5-6 minutes or until well browned.
- Flip the pork chops over, baste using the rosemary and thyme by dipping into the rendered fat and butter in the pan and brushing the tops of the pork chops.
- Bake the entire pan in the oven at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until cooked throughout.
- To make the optional sauce, boil some beef stock in a pot over high heat until it is reduced by ¾ or thick.
- Stir in whole grain mustard and dried cherries.
- Serve the pork chops with the sauce and garnish with chopped parsley.
I didn’t have the cherries so I used dried cranberries, OUTSTANDING recipe!!! This was so good, the flavors, along with the chop and the stuffing just melted in your mouth! I tried it out on my son first, a major hit, so this will be the star at my next dinner party. Thanks chef, this is a great recipe.
Absolutely divine! I also love how your recipe adjusts for two people! You are an excellent teacher and my go to Chef! Superbly done!
However, strictly as corrective criticism, in the written recipe you do not show the following:
Add the mustard to the spinach, garlic and bread cubes
Add the cheese to the cooled spinach mixture.
We love your recipes! I’m in the process of making this today and realized that the amount of butter is not listed. I’m using 3 Tablespoons, the same as the EVOO. Hopefully, that’s correct. It sounds delicious!