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Oven Baked Stuffed Pork Chops Recipe

Indulge in succulent stuffed pork chops with a savory herb and apple filling. This easy oven-baked recipe guarantees juicy, flavorful pork chop perfection! These are a family favorite recipe. 

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Ingredients

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For the pork chops:

  • 4 thick-cut pork chops (at least 1.5 inches thick) you can use boneless pork chops or bone-in pork chops depending on preference
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

For the stuffing:

  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 apple, finely diced
  • pinch of dried sage
  • pinch of dried oregano

Instructions

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Prepare the Stuffing: Melt the butter over medium heat in a skillet. Add the chopped onions, apples, garlic, and sauté until soft and fragrant. Remove from heat and let them cool slightly.
  3. Combine the fresh breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, chopped parsley, dried sage, dried oregano, and sautéed onion, apple, and garlic in a mixing bowl. Mix well.
  4. Slowly add the chicken or vegetable broth to the stuffing mixture. You want the mixture to be moist but not overly wet. Season the stuffing with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Prepare the Pork Chops: Place the pork chops on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, make a pocket in each pork chop by cutting horizontally into the side, careful not to cut all the way through. 
  6. Stuff the Pork Chops: Take a handful of the stuffing mixture and stuff it into the pocket of each pork chop. Be generous with the stuffing, but don't overstuff, as the chops need room to expand while cooking. Season the outside of the chops with salt, pepper, and herbs.
  7. Secure with Toothpicks: Use toothpicks to secure the opening of each stuffed pork chop. This will help keep the stuffing inside during cooking.
  8. Sear the Pork Chops: Heat olive oil in an ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the stuffed pork chops and sear them for about 2-3 minutes on each side, until each side of each pork chop has a golden brown crust.
  9. Transfer to the Oven: If you're using an ovenproof skillet, you can simply transfer the skillet to the preheated oven. Otherwise, transfer the seared pork chops to a baking dish. Bake, uncovered, in the oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 145°F (63°C) with a meat thermometer, and the stuffing is hot and slightly crispy on the outside.
  10. Rest and Serve: Remove the stuffed pork chops from the oven and let them rest for a few minutes. Cover with aluminum foil. This allows the juices to be redistributed and ensures a juicy result. Remove the toothpicks before serving.
  11. Garnish and Serve: Garnish your stuffed pork chops with fresh parsley or a drizzle of pan juices. Serve them hot, and enjoy!

These stuffed pork chops will be even more flavorful and perfect for any special occasion!

  • Author: Elena
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: pork chops, Italian, stuffed pork chops, meat recipe, main dish