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Pork Chops Stuffed with Apples and Bacon
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Apple-Bacon Stuffed Pork Chops

Take advantage of apple season with these juicy stuffed pork chops. The savory filling consists of bacon, onion, celery, cheddar cheese, cornbread stuffing, and just a hint of sweetness from diced apples.
Course Main Dish
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 cup finely chopped cooking apple
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/3 cup diced celery
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 cup cornbread stuffing mix
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 thick, bone-in pork rib chops
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet and place on paper towels to drain. Leave bacon fat in skillet.
  • Add apple, onion, and celery to bacon fat and sauté over medium heat until apple mixture softens, about 5 minutes. Add parsley, rubbed sage, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  • Add stuffing mix, chicken broth, and cheddar cheese to apple mixture and stir until everything is well mixed and chicken broth is absorbed.
  • Cut a horizontal pocket in the side of each pork chop. Season outside of chops and inside pocket with remaining salt and pepper. Stuff apple mixture into pockets. (Secure with wooden picks if desired. I did not do this.)
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Heat olive oil in a large, oven proof skillet over medium-high heat.(If skillet is not big enough to hold all 4 chops, work in 2 batches.)
  • Add pork chops to pan, handling them carefully so stuffing does not spill out. Saute until lightly browned on each side, about 2 minutes.
  • Place pan in oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until thickest part of pork chop registers 145 degrees. Remove from oven, cover with foil, and let rest 10 minutes before serving.