Apple, Goat Cheese & Pecan-Stuffed Pork Chops Recipe
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Apple, Goat Cheese & Pecan-Stuffed Pork Chops Recipe

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. (plus overnight to brine) Cook: 45 min.
MAKES:7-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. (plus overnight to brine) Cook: 45 min.
MAKES: 7-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 pound Roseland Half Pork Loin
  • 6 cups water, divided
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup Berryhill Honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon Stonemill Essentials Iodized Salt, divided, plus additional to taste
  • 1 cup Southern Grove Chopped Pecans
  • 2 tablespoons Countryside Creamery Unsalted Butter
  • 4 Granny Smith apples, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons Baker's Corner Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Stonemill Essentials Ground Black Pepper, plus additional to taste
  • 6 ounces Specially Selected Plain Goat Cheese Log, crumbled
  • 3 tablespoons Carlini Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions

  1. Slice the pork loin into 1-inch thick chops.
  2. In a medium pot, bring 4 cups water, lemon juice, honey and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a boil for 2 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, add 2 cups cold water. Pour the brine into a plastic container large enough for the chops. Add the chops, brine overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°. Place pecans on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. For the stuffing: In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the apple slices, brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Sauté until tender. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Add the chopped pecans and goat cheese.
  6. Remove the chops from the brine.
  7. Slit each chop horizontally to create a large hole for the stuffing.
  8. Spoon the stuffing into the chops. Season each chop with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, sear each chop in extra virgin olive oil.
  10. Place chops on a baking pan and bake for 20-30 minutes until internal temperature is 155-160°. Yield: 7-8 chops.
Originally published as Apple, Goat Cheese & Pecan-Stuffed Pork Chops Provided by ALDI 2013

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