I rarely cook pork chops which is surprising to me since I enjoy them so much but when I found some really nice thick cut chops on sale the other day I couldn’t pass them up. As soon as I saw them I thought to myself “I’m going to stuff these” and then set out to try and decide what to stuff them with. I settled on making a nice stuffing to go inside of these big thick beauty’s but did not want to go through all of the trouble that usually goes with stuffing like cutting the bread into cubes, drying it etc, so I decided to buy a stuffing mix and just add my own flare to it.
So here is what went into this project.
1 pack of thick cut boneless pork chops
1 pack stuffing mix (not stove top)
celery (1 cup finely chopped)
green onion (1 cup finely chopped)
poultry seasoning (about a tablespoon but you can add more to get the taste you want)
butter salted (2 tablespoons)
chicken stock ( 4 cups)
Melt the butter in a large pan and then saute the onion and celery until they start to turn clear. Add the stuffing mix, celery, onion, and two cups of chicken stock to a large mixing bowl and mix together thoroughly, adding the poultry seasoning and a few pinches of garlic powder as you go. After mixing cover the stuffing mix and place it in the fridge for at least 24 hrs. This will help the flavors meld nicely together. You don’t actually have to do this step if you don’t want to but I like to do it.
Now take the pork chops and cut a pocket into the sides of each one. This is where you will stuff the pork chop. Make sure the pocket is big enough to get a good couple of spoonfuls in there. Once you have the pockets cut start stuffing them. You can use some cooking twine to tie them up if you need to but depending on the thickness of the chops you may not need to. I did not this time around.
Now heat your frying pan to medium high heat and brown each pork chop on both sides. Make sure to sprinkle both sides with a little salt, black pepper and chili powder. You are not cooking them all the way through just browning the outside. Take the chops and but them in a deep baking dish and then pour in the remaining chicken stock so that you have about an inch of liquid in the bottom of the pan.
Heat your oven to 350 degrees and bake the Pork chops for about 45/50 minutes uncovered.
When the chops are done remove them from the oven and place them on a plate to cool for serving.
This part is optional but I think you will like it and it only takes a few minutes.
Take the remaining drippings and liquid from the baking pan and pour into a frying pan. Simmer on medium heat until it starts to bubble stirring it to break up any larger chunks. Now add a couple tablespoons of all purpose flour and stir to mix it into the drippings making sure to break up any clumps you have. Add a little salt and black pepper and a little garlic powder. Reduce the heat and let it start to thicken up into a nice gravy. If it seems to be to thick you can add a little chicken stock (or water) to thin it out or if it is not thick enough just add a little more flour and stir it in. This will make you a nice gravy to go over the stuffed pork chops.
There you have it. Enjoy!
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