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Apple-Stuffed Pork Chops

I've been making these delicious extra-thick chops for over 30 years. It's a wonderful entree to serve company and it also savored by our family on special occasions. —Paula Disterhaupt, Bakersfield, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 cups soft bread cubes
  • 2 cups finely chopped apples
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 6 bone-in pork loin chops (1-1/2 inches thick and 7 ounces each)
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil


  • In a small skillet, saute onion in butter until tender. Remove from the heat; add the bread cubes, apples, celery, parsley and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  • Cut a pocket in each chop by making a horizontal cut through the meat almost to the bone. Sprinkle inside and outside with pepper and remaining salt. Spoon stuffing loosely into pockets.
  • In a large skillet, brown the chops on both sides in oil. Place in an ungreased large baking pan. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 30 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 145°. Let meat stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 364 calories, 19g fat (8g saturated fat), 107mg cholesterol, 534mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 32g protein.

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  • Kelly Anne Magnusson
    Feb 10, 2018

    I added some store bought refrigerated poultry herbs and used a small amount of sage and rosemary, just enough to speckle the meat with color. HUGE win. Not expecting everyone in the house to love pork (we're by far a chicken/beef family) everyone just plowed in with "It's so good!" every now and then.I had to solve a problem and used a pork tenderloin, the dreaded, dry and lean but tender piece of meat deep within the pig. Bringing the loin to room temp, I seared it briefly, just for handling, and butterflied 4 segments (instead of creating a pocket). Then I moved the loins to a cast iron grill and tossed on all the stuffing and folded the chops back again. Then I rearranged the chops moving them on top of the stuffing. Use a meat thermometer because you will overcook the pork if you are not used to the color of cooked pork (like a pink ham color in side, no blood).Highly recommend a meat thermometer and sprinkling of herbs, and I'm sure dry would be fine too.

  • katecrid47
    Oct 5, 2015

    This was good! Flavorful. The prep for me was longer as I had to hand chop everything. I like the apples with the pork. My stuffing came out a little too mushy put I probably stuffed the pork too much...Over all a keeper recipe.

  • wrenjen523
    Aug 10, 2014

    Very good and easy to make-- the prep time is dead on if you use your food processor to chop everything, but if you have to hand chop everything double your prep time at least. I can't wait to see how it does for lunch and dinner this week. I would like a bit more sweetness, so I'd probably use some apple juice in the dish in the oven.

  • Lisajordanday1
    Mar 10, 2013

    Our whole family loved this :)

  • lisaabarbuto
    Oct 28, 2011

    We absolutely love this recipe in the fall. Something about the mixture of pork and apples, yum! The 15 minute prep time is a little understated, they usually take me quite a while to prep... but it's worth it! Definitely a family favorite!

  • cwbuff
    Sep 27, 2009

    I love stuffed pork chops, and this recipe is very good! It's definitely going into my "keeper" file. I like to brown the chops before cutting the pocket and stuffing, so that stuffing doesn't fall out.

  • heidisilvan
    Apr 11, 2008

    very good & fast to make!