Pesto Rice-Stuffed Pork Chops Recipe
- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley sprigs
- 1/2 cup Diamond of California Chopped Pecans
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled
- 2/3 cup cooked wild rice
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon chili sauce
- 4 bone-in pork loin chops (8 ounces each)
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
- 1 tablespoon butter
- In a food processor, combine the basil, parsley, pecans and garlic; cover and process until blended. Transfer to a small bowl; add the rice, cheeses, oil and chili sauce.
- Cut a pocket in each pork chop by slicing almost to the bone. Sprinkle chops with lemon-pepper.
- In a large skillet, brown chops in butter; cool for 5 minutes. Fill with rice mixture; secure with toothpicks if necessary. Place in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray.
- Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 28-32 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160°. Discard toothpicks. Yield: 4 servings.
Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.
Reviews for Pesto Rice-Stuffed Pork Chops(4)
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Have made them many times and enjoy the combination of flavors. When I am in a hurry, I use homemade pesto I've frozen previously or store bought in the jar. I just add the chili sauce and cream cheese to that. I also substitute Uncle Ben's quick cooking wild rice mix for the wild rice. We usually have garlic pepper on hand, so I use that in place of lemon pepper on occasion as well.
We liked these chop. i would add a just little salt to the top of the chop
I also enjoyed using this recipe with chicken breasts.
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