Stuffed Pork Chops with Cheese and Apple

Mike tried this recipe on March 20, 2022
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This dish seemed like a good idea when I found it – combine juicy pork chops with creamy cheese and crunchy apple slices, wrap them in bacon, and then bake in the oven. And it came together for the most part. However, there is one very important note to remember: when shopping for the pork chops, do not use butterfly-cut chops. The reason is pretty simple: butterfly-cut chops are open on three sides, making it very easy for the melting cheese to run out while cooking, leaving mostly the apple inside. Please don’t make that mistake (like I did) so you can fully enjoy all the cheesy goodness in this dish.

Adapted from Hostess At Heart

Stuffed Pork Chops with Cheese and Apple

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 40 min Rest Time 10 min Total Time 1 hr 10 mins Servings: 6 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year

Description

Juicy pork chops stuffed with apples and cheese, then wrapped in bacon and baked. Delicious!

Adapted from Hostess At Heart

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Slice the apple into 1/8"-1/4" pieces, one per pork chop. Slice the cheese into 1/4" thick pieces, two for each pork chop.

  2. Cut into the side of each pork chop to create a deep pocket, being careful not to cut completely through the other three sides. Sandwich a slice of apple between two slices of cheese and stuff into the pocket, then sprinkle a small amount of thyme on top. Wrap tightly with two slices of bacon, using toothpicks to hold the pocket closed.

  3. Arrange the assembled pork chops in the baking dish. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 140 F when inserted into the thickest part of a chop. Allow to rest for 10 minutes, then remove toothpicks and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 pork chop

Servings 6


Amount Per Serving
Calories 523
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Cholesterol 158mg53%
Sodium 590mg25%
Potassium 539mg16%
Total Carbohydrate 5g2%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 45g90%

Calcium 12%
Iron 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Notes

  • You can use any apple variety that works well for baking such as Granny Smith, Braeburn, or Honeycrisp. Avoid apple varieties that break down easily while cooking.
  • It is tempting to use butterfly-cut chops to save prep time. This is what is shown in the recipe photo. Do not fall for this temptation! When using butterfly chops, the cheese will melt and run out of them, leaving mostly the apple inside the chop and a pile of cheesy "goo" in the baking pan.
Keywords: pork, chops, cheese, apple, bacon, stuffed, baked
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