Last week, Whole Foods had bone-in pork chops on Prime Member special for $4.99/lb. I couldn’t resist finding a recipe in which to stuff the pork chops. I found a few recipes, but nothing that particularly caught my eye. I changed my search to a stuffing recipe and found a interesting one from Ina Garten on the Food Network website. The recipe was Herb and Apple Stuffing made with bread cubes, butter, yellow onion, celery, Granny Smith apples, fresh parsley and rosemary and chicken stock. Unfortunately, this recipe made enough for 8 to 10 servings, I was merely stuffing two pork chops.
Using Ina’s recipe as a starting point, I used two slices of Italian bread from a round loaf, approximately 1 to 1-1/2 tablespoons of butter, 1/4 cup of diced red onion (it’s what I had already cut in the refrigerator), 1/4 cup celery, 1/4 cup diced Granny Smith apple, 1/4 teaspoon each of fresh parsley and rosemary from my garden. These items were sautéed in a skillet until tender. Meanwhile, I cubed the bread and baked it in a 300 degree oven for 10 minutes. I transferred the items from the skillet to a mixing bowl and tossed in the bread cubes. To further drive the flavors of the season home, I added approximately 1/2 cup of Delicious Orchards apple cider to the mix instead of chicken stock. Once the stuffing was moist enough to my likeness, I made a pocket in the pork chops and stuffed them. I seasoned the meat with salt and pepper and baked in the oven for approximately one hour. I made a baked potato to go along with the pork chop.
I must say, I did a great job. The flavors were fabulous and the apple cider was a great swap for the chicken stock. My husband really enjoyed this last night. Give my recipe a try and let me know if you like it or not.
By the way, Whole Foods has on Prime Member special until next Tuesday, whole, air-chilled chickens for $1.79/lb. They also have Sustainable Wild-Caught, Fresh Atlantic Cod Fillets for $8.99/lb. I just saw a quick and easy recipe demonstrated on America’s Test Kitchen that I want to try using cod.
A former teacher, shop-a-holic, empty-nester redefining quick, family approved dinners.