Sunday, December 29, 2013

Apple Stuffed Pork Chops

I decided to try making apple stuffed pork chops since the pork chops with cranberry stuffing turned out so well.  I added in an easy to make gravy this time with apple cider in it.

Apple Stuffed Pork Chops

2 thick cut pork chops
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup herb stuffing
1/4 cup apple, diced
1 tsp rubbed sage
Salt & freshly ground pepper for the stuffing and on the chops

Apple cider
1  tbsp flour
1/2 cup cream
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Cut a slit in the middle of each chop to create a pocket.  In a small bowl, mix together stuffing, apples and spices.  Stuff into the pockets.  I did not secure the pockets with toothpicks and the stuffing remained intact.  In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil.  When heated, add in the pork chops and cook on each side for 5 minutes.  Place in a baking pan and cover that with aluminum foil.  Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until the pork temperature reaches 150°.  If there are juices that ran off, pour into a measuring cup and add in apple cider until it reaches the 1/2 cup mark.  Reheat the frying pan and add in juices, cider and flour.  Whisk together.  Add in cream.  Continue stirring until it thickens.  Season to taste.