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Apple Stuffed Pork Chops from BHG 365 Comfort Foods

BHG 365 Comfort Foods_Apple Stuffed Pork Chops

This seductive recipe comes from Better Homes and Gardens new 365 Comfort Foods. Often, a comfort food is simple: a baked potato, meat loaf, brownies, …

As you can see from the picture, this recipe has many components. The ingredients list is long. The dish will take more than 5 minutes to prepare. And all of this is worth the effort. The combination of meat, fruit, and cheese is deeply rich, incredibly satisfying. This dish can be the centerpiece of a family feast, a dinner party, or just one night’s grand meal.

So, on a cold winter night, when you have some time, here is a recipe where patience will pay dividends you cannot imagine.

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Apple Stuffed Pork Chops

Yield: serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ⅔ cup chopped, peeled (if desired) cooking apple (1 medium)
  • ⅓ cup chopped onion (1 small)
  • 2 teaspoons snipped fresh sage or 1⁄2 teaspoon dried sage, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 4 pork rib chops, loin chops, or boneless loin chops, cut 11⁄4 inches thick (about 3 pounds total)
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 cup coarse soft bread crumbs from crusty country bread (about 2 slices)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh
  • Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
  • 2 teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons Calvados or apple juice
  • ½ cup shredded white cheddar cheese (2 ounces)

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 375°F. For stuffing, in a medium skillet heat 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat until melted. Add apple, onion, and sage; cook until tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in 2 tablespoons cheese; set aside.

Trim fat from chops. Make a pocket in each chop by cutting horizontally from the fat side almost to the bone or the opposite side. Divide stuffing among pockets in chops. If necessary, secure the openings with wooden toothpicks. Sprinkle chops with salt and pepper.

In a small bowl combine bread crumbs, walnuts, 2 tablespoons melted butter, parsley, and lemon peel. Place chops on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Top with bread crumb mixture. Bake, uncovered, for 40 to 50 minutes or until juices run clear (160°F).

For the sauce, in a medium saucepan heat 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat until melted. Stir in flour, 1⁄4 teaspoon salt, and pinch pepper. Gradually stir in broth, whipping cream, and Calvados. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more. Stir in 1⁄2 cup cheese until melted. Serve chops with sauce

Source: 365 Comfort Foods from Better Homes and Gardens

 

 

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