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Easy Stuffed Pork Chops

Easy Stuffed Pork Chops

I was going though some meat that I had in my freezer and saw some thick pork chops…perfect for stuffing!  I decided to pull them out, but had no idea how I was going to prepare them. I knew I didn’t want a bread stuffing and didn’t have a long time to prepare them since it was an extra busy weeknight. I settled on a mixtures of feta cheese and pesto with an all purpose seasoning on the outside. These easy stuffed pork chops were pretty awesome, especially for throwing it all together on a whim! 

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Prep Time – 5 min; Cook Time – 45 minutes

Ingredients for 3:

1 T. olive oil

1 T. butter

Thick cut pork chops (1 per person)

2 T. prepared pesto

1/4 c. feta cheese

Slavo Salt (or your favorite all seasoning spice blend)

Preparing Easy Stuffed Pork Chops:

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees. In a small mixing bowl, mix the pesto with feta cheese. Cut a slit in the center of the pork chop, making sure you don’t cut all the way though. You just want to make a “pocket”.  Gently put the pesto mixture into the slit of the pork chop.

Easy Stuffed Pork Chops

Secure with a toothpick. Repeat with remaining pork chops. Season both sides with desired amount of Slavo Salt. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat with butter and olive oil.

Easy Stuffed Pork Chops

Brown the pork chops for 5 minutes, turning once. 

Easy Stuffed Pork Chops        

Place pork chops in oven safe dish. Pour juices from the skillet over the pork chops. Cook for 30 minutes, or until no longer pink. Serve hot!

Easy Stuffed Pork Chops

Meal Ideas:

I served this with brown rice and steamed broccoli. Healthy AND delicious!

 

Broiled Salmon with Basil Pesto, Tomato and Feta

Easy salmon recipe

Want a great, fresh recipe that takes less than 15 minutes to make! This Broiled Salmon with Basil Pesto, Tomato and Feta is a super easy recipe that is ready in just a few minutes.

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Prep Time – 10 min; Cook Time – 10 min

Ingredients:

2 salmon filets (not salmon steaks)
4 T basil pesto (store bought or homemade)
2 slices of nice, ripe tomatoes
4 T quality feta cheese, crumbled

Special Equipment and Other Items Needed:

Parchment Paper (optional)

Preparing Broiled Salmon with Basil Pesto, Tomato and Feta :

Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Place salmon on parchment paper on a baking sheet. Season the salmon with salt and pepper. Spoon 2T pesto onto each salmon filet. Top with a slice of tomato. Season the tomato with salt and pepper. Place salmon in oven and cook for about 8 minutes if you like the salmon a bit on the ‘rare’ side like I do (and you trust your fish source for freshness). Maybe 10 minutes if you want it cooked a bit more. You really don’t want to overcook it as it will taste like salmon out of a can. Sprinkle with feta. Serve immediately!

Variations:

The feta is optional. I also tried this most recently with a sun-dried tomato pesto that was nice too.

Meal Ideas:

Serve with a fresh salad with a nice vinaigrette or with a steamed or roasted vegetable.