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Pesto-Stuffed Pork Chops

Pesto-Stuffed Pork Chops

 

Chops For Stuffing

Use either bone-in or boneless chops to stuff as long as they are at least 1-1/4 inches thick. For thicker chops, extend the cooking time a few minutes.

 
  • Prep: 20 minutes
  • Bake: 35 minutes
  • Oven: 375 degrees F
  • Makes: 4 servings
  • 3 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons refrigerated basil pesto
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted (see tip, page 20 of the book)
  • 4 pork loin chops or boneless pork loin chops, cut 1-1/4 inches thick
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. For filling, in a small bowl stir together feta cheese, pesto, and pine nuts; set aside.

2. Trim fat from meat. Make a pocket in each chop by cutting horizontally from fat side almost to bone or opposite side. Spoon filling into pockets. Secure the openings with wooden toothpicks.

3. For rub, in a small bowl combine black pepper, oregano, crushed red pepper, thyme, and garlic. Rub evenly onto all sides of meat. Place chops on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until chops are 160 degrees F and juices run clear. Brush vinegar onto chops the last 5 minutes of baking. Discard toothpicks before serving.

Per chop: 415 cal., 20 g total fat 7 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat), 133 mg chol., 228 mg sodium, 3 g carbo., 0 g fiber, 52 g pro Exchanges: 7-1/2 Lean Meat

 
  • from:
    Better Homes and Gardens® New Cook Book, 15th Edition
  • by Better Homes and Gardens
  • Wiley 2010
  • Hardcover (Binder); $29.95; 660 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0470556862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-470-55686-31
  • Reprinted by permission.

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