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.
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.
Brown the pork chops for 5 minutes, turning once.
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!
I served this with brown rice and steamed broccoli. Healthy AND delicious!
I’m always looking for new ways to cook food for my family that everyone will enjoy. When the kids were younger, plain meat seemed to work, but it was boring for my husband and I. Now that they are older and have a slightly more sophisticated palate, they enjoy sauces and marinades much more. I found this grilled pork chop with brown sugar glaze recipe on allrecipes.com (submitted by GINASTUBBS). It was a hit for everyone!
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Prep Time – 5 min; Cook Time – 20 min.
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup apple juice
4 T. Vegetable oil
1 T. Soy sauce
1/2 t. ground ginger
Salt and pepper to taste
2 t. cornstarch
1/2 c. water
6 boneless pork chops
Preparing Grilled Pork Chops with Brown Sugar Glaze:
In a small saucepan, combine sugar, apple juice, soy sauce, oil, ginger, salt and pepper. Bring to boil. Combine water and cornstarch in separate small bowl and mix. Whisk into brown sugar mixture. Stir until thick.
Cook pork for about 10 to 12 minutes, turning once. Brush chops with sauce just before removing from the grill. Serve immediately with remaining sauce.
/ Tags: Grilled
, Pork chop
Pick out some great double rib, bone in pork chops at the grocery store. If you don’t see some, ask the butcher. Even at a grocery store like Publix, the butcher will happily cut your meat for you.
Start your grill. You’ll want to cook these over both direct and indirect heat over charcoal or over high heat and then medium heat on a gas grill.
Season the chop with salt, pepper and lemon-herb seasoning. Leave out to get to room temperature while the grill gets hot.
Use your best homemade sauce or use mine. I’ve been making this sauce for years and it is TREMENDOUS! I adapted from a Williams-Sonoma recipe in their Grilling book. Look for its post soon!
Place chops on grill (direct heat/high heat) for about 2 minutes per side to sear it.
Then move to indirect heat/turn down to medium heat and cook for about 5 more minutes per side (depends a bit on thickness). Add sauce to one side for about 2 minutes, flip and sauce the other side for about 2 minutes. Push on the chop close to the bone with your finger. If it gives as much as the meaty part of your palm, it probably needs a couple of more minutes. You’ll want to cook these about medium or until 145 degrees when tested away from the bone.
Beer / Wine Pairing
With BBQ, I prefer a nice, hoppy ale. My go to ale is Sweetwater 420 brewed right here in Atlanta. If I’m drinking wine with BBQ, I prefer a nice Syrah (red varietal)
Honey Garlic Pork Chops are so simple to make, but they take a bit of planning so you can make sure they marinate long enough. I found this many years ago in the San Diego Union Tribune. No specific amounts of each ingredient were listed, but the marinade should be a combination of spicy-sweet.
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Prep Time – 5 min.; Marinate Time – 4 hours – 24 hours; Cook Time – 15 minutes
Juice of one large lemon
1 T. honey
1/3 cup soy sauce
3 T. worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp . garlic powder
Thick cut pork chops (boneless)
Special Equipment and Other Items Needed:
Preparation of Honey Garlic Pork Chops:
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Remember, the marinade should be spicy-sweet, so taste it and change quantities of the ingredients until you get the right flavor. Reserve about 1/2 cup or so of the marinade to use to baste the chops. Use the remaining marinade for the pork chops. Place marinade and chops in a zip top bag for as little as 4 hours or as many as 24 hours. Grill the chops, about 10 minutes on each side, basting occasionally with the reserved marinade.
These pork chops go great with a Chinese or Asian theme. Serve with rice and stir fried vegetables for a complete meal.