Monday, October 25, 2010

Stuffed Pork Chops

I don’t have a lot of experience cooking with pork so I was a little intimidated making this recipe. It was a great I actually surprised myself. Everyone really enjoyed these chops, and loved the fact that they are stuffed. One thing I did not like about this recipe was  it was time consuming. I must admit as much as I liked it, I won’t be making it again until I have the time to devote to it. It’s definitely a weekend meal. Thank you Bill Gary for such a great recipe.
Ingredients:
  • 4 pork chops (for stuffing, 1 to 2 inches thick)
Sauce
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped mushroom
  • 1/4 cup diced green bell peppers or 1/4 cup red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4-1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Stuffing
  • 4 cups toasted bread, cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup diced mushroom
  • 1/4 cup finely diced green bell peppers or 1/4 cup red bell pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup beef stock (or a combination) or 1/4 cup red wine (or a combination)
Directions:
  1. 1 Prepare the stuffing: In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and sauté the onions, garlic, celery, bell pepper, and mushrooms over medium heat until the vegetables have softened (about 10 minutes).
  2. Stir in parsley, thyme, salt, and pepper, mixing until well combined.
  3. Toss with bread cubes gently.
  4. Add liquid until bread cubes are just barely mushy on the outside (you may not need the whole 1/4 cup liquid, or you may need a little more).
  5. Stuff the pork chops: Slice pockets into the pork chops toward, but not quite reaching, the bone.
  6. Stuff each pork chop and seal with toothpicks (I jam pack the stuffing in there, feel free to do the same).
  7. Sauté the pork chops in 2 tablespoons butter for about 5 minutes per side, until browned.
  8. Remove toothpicks and set pork chops in a casserole or other baking dish that will hold them.
  9. If there is any stuffing left over, you may mound it on top of the pork chops.
  10. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  11. Prepare the sauce: In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and add all the vegetables.
  12. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until all the vegetables are tender and the onions are translucent.
  13. Lower heat to medium and sprinkle with flour.
  14. Cook, stirring constantly, for about a minute.
  15. Whisk in the milk, scraping the pan as you go to get up all the flour.
  16. Cook, whisking often, until mixture begins to boil and thickens to a slightly thicker consistency than heavy cream.
  17. Immediately remove pan from heat and stir in cheddar cheese, stirring until the cheese is melted.
  18. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  19. Pour sauce over the pork chops.
  20. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 to 30 minutes, until the top is browned and the sauce is bubbly.
  21. Let stand for about 10 minutes

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