Pork chops are stuffed with a fabulous apple and onion dressing and cooked to tender perfection. An easy recipe with a fancy presentation!
Stuffed Pork Chops
Pork chops on their own are delicious enough, or even better baked in a sweet sauce like with my Saucy Brown Sugar Baked Pork Chops, but why not consider filling them with some tasty stuffing instead? Apples, veggies, and the best croutons you could ever imagine inside of pork chops make for a really incredible dinner. Take that extra step and make them extra special!
With a little bit of apple, vegetables, and croutons, plus just enough chicken broth to make everything stick together, you can make some really tasty stuffed pork chops that help keep the pork as juicy as possible.
Stuffed Pork Chops Ingredients
Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts, as there are a few fiddly ingredients here.
• Pork chops, about 1-inch thick
• Salt & pepper
• cooking oil
Pork Chop Stuffing
• Chopped celery
• Chopped white onions
• Shredded apple
• Poultry seasoning
• Chicken broth
How To Make Stuffed Pork Chops
• Lightly grease a medium sized baking pan and set aside
• Prepare the pork chops and slice the pork chops in half horizontally
• Season the inside of your pork pocket with salt and pepper
• Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and brown each of the pork chops until they are fully browned
• Add the butter to the hot skillet and reduce the heat to medium
• Add in the celery, onion, apple, and poultry seasoning, sautéing until tender
• Place the croutons into a large bowl and stir in the hot veggies
• Add enough chicken broth to soften the croutons until it is able ot just come together
• Divide the stuffing between the pork chops
• Fill each pocket, leaving some extra stuffing sticking out
• Bake for 30 minutes at 350 Fahrenheit, or until the internal temp reads 145 Fahrenheit when tested with an instant-read thermometer
What Kind of Pork Chops Should You Use For Stuffed Pork Chops?
There are actually quite a few variations you need to keep in mind when it comes to choosing pork chops for stuffing.
For starters, you should definitely go for boneless pork chops. While bone-in would certainly work, the boneless ones will be much easier to roll, as well as cook a little bit more easily.
The pork chops should also be decently thick, about 1 inch or a little bit more. If they are too thin, then you won’t be able to slice them in half without cutting through the pork chops, ruining them.
Finally, the other thing to consider is the quality of the pork chop – this is actually one of those times where you don’t necessarily have to get only the very highest quality of pork chop available to you.
While going for the highest quality is definitely a good idea if you have the means, thanks to the flavorful stuffing in this recipe, you can get away with using slightly inferior cuts if you prefer to save money.
Just as long as they are still nicely thick, cheaper pork chops should work just fine.
How To Roll The Pork Chops To Keep In The Stuffing
Trying to keep the stuffing within the pork chops is obviously a bit of a challenging task, as the pork chops seem to always want to roll apart.
- To make it easier, keep some toothpicks on hand. If they try and break open and the stuffing spills out, stab the toothpicks into the meat to hold them together.
- Don’t overcook the outside of the chops! If you brown each side too thoroughly, then you might find the pork too rigid to take the stuffing easily. By leaving one side a bit under browned, you make it more flexible and thus easier to hold onto the stuffing.
- Use a smaller pan so that the pork chops don’t fall over as easily.
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Stuffed Pork Chops
- Prep Time
- 30 minutes
- Cook Time
- 30 minutes
- Main Course
- Karlynn Johnston
- 4 one-inch-thick pork chops
- salt and pepper
- 2-3 tablespoons cooking oil
- Preheat your oven to 350 °F. Lightly grease a medium sized baking pan and set aside.
- Prepare the pork chops by slicing the pork chop in half horizontally, making sure that you don't cut it all the way through. This will create a pocket for the stuffing. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place the pork chops in the pan and cook each side until browned, then remove and place the pork chops in the prepared baking pan, leaving space between each chop.
- Add the butter to the already hot skillet and reduce the heat to medium. Add in the celery, onion, apple, and poultry seasoning. Sauté until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.
- Place the croutons into a large bowl, then stir in the hot vegetables. Add in enough chicken broth to soften the croutons. The stuffing should just come together.
- Divide the stuffing between the pork chops. Fill the pocket in each pork chop, leaving extra stuffing sticking out.
- Bake the pork chops for 25-30 minutes or until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 145 degrees °F when tested with an instant read thermometer.
- Remove and serve.
- You can adjust the stuffing seasonings to your liking!
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.