Recipes

Juicy Pork Chops Stuffed with Apples & Walnuts

Juicy Pork Chops Stuffed with Apples & Walnuts

Juicy Pork Chops Stuffed with Apples & Walnuts

Ingredients:

4 thick cut pork chops bone-in or boneless
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 fresh thyme sprigs
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 large honey crisp apple, quartered, cored and thinly sliced ¼”
3 T maple syrup
3 T apple cider vinegar
¼ cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
1 T dijon mustard
¼ cup chicken stock
2 T butter
olive oil
salt and pepper

Preparation:

With each pork chop, slice a 2 inch slit in middle of chop. With tip of knife, open up inside of chop as much as possible, trying to keep the 2 inch opening. You want to open up the chop inside as much as possible to allow stuffing to fill chop. Salt and pepper both sides of chop, rub with olive oil and set aside on sheet pan while making stuffing.

In large heavy skillet over medium heat, add 1-2 tablespoons olive oil and onions, sauté for 5-8 minutes until soft and caramelized. Add garlic, thyme and apples, pinch of salt and pepper. Continue cooking for 3-5 minutes until apples soften. Add 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar to deglaze pan, remove from heat, add 1 tablespoon maple syrup and walnuts. Place mixture in bowl and set aside to cool, remove thyme sprigs. Heat oven to 400 degrees.

To stuff pork chops with cooled filling, spoon as much as possible into each chop about ¼ - ⅓ cup per chop. Reserve remaining filling for sauce.

In a clean heavy skillet over medium high heat, add 1-2 tablespoons olive oil and when very hot add all 4 chops to pan and sear each side well, about 3-5 minutes per side. Transfer skillet to hot oven and cook for 5 minutes, check with thermometer for internal temperature to be 145, continue to cook 3-5 more minutes if necessary. Remove from oven and place on sheet pan and cover with foil while making sauce. In same skillet place over medium heat, deglaze pan with 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, add 1/4 cup chicken stock and any remaining filling and 1 tablespoon dijon mustard and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons butter and 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup (depending on desired sweetness). Continue to cook and stir until butter is melted. Taste and add salt and pepper if necessary. Serve immediately with pork chops. Serves 4.

Serve with:
Kunde Syrah or Kunde Red Dirt Red