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Provolone-Stuffed Pork Chops with Tarragon Vinaigrette

Provolone cheese and a fresh tarragon vinaigrette give these stuffed pork chops the savory feel of dining in Provence. —Barbara Pletzke, Herndon, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh tarragon or 2 teaspoons dried tarragon
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 bone-in pork loin chops (8 ounces each and 3/4 inch thick)
  • 4 slices provolone cheese, cut into eighths
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon or 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 large tomatoes, each cut into 6 wedges


  • In a small bowl, whisk the first six ingredients. Set aside 1/4 cup vinaigrette for serving.
  • For pork chops, cut a pocket in each chop by slicing almost to the bone; fill pockets with cheese. Combine the oil, tarragon, salt and pepper; brush onto both sides of chops.
  • Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, rub on grill rack to coat lightly. Brush tomato wedges with some of the remaining vinaigrette. Grill, uncovered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 1-3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Set aside.
  • Grill chops, covered, over medium heat or broil 4-5 in. from the heat 4-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 145°. Baste frequently with remaining vinaigrette during the last 3 minutes of cooking. Let stand for 5 minutes. Serve with tomatoes and reserved vinaigrette.
Nutrition Facts
1 pork chop with 3 tomato wedges and 1 tablespoon vinaigrette: 702 calories, 58g fat (15g saturated fat), 126mg cholesterol, 517mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 41g protein.

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  • LPHJKitchen
    May 13, 2016

    Excellent! My whole family loved this dish and that's pretty rare! The flavors of the provolone and tarragon worked well together and the broiled tomatoes were great! We served with some Italian Roasted Potatoes for a complete meal.

  • Dougie55
    Jul 14, 2015

    I got this recipe a few years ago and make it often, though cut it back now to 2 chops, as there is only me, and this gives me two nice meals as it reheats well. The only change I make now, is to add some grated Parmesan or other hard cheese to the tomatoes just before taking them off the grill.

  • daisydog215
    Feb 2, 2015

    Wonderful! I butterflied boneless chops as that is what I had on hand and cooked under the broiler. Extra vinaigrette was delicious on rice as a side.

  • daisey5
    Aug 27, 2012

    These were very good and tasted excellent. I baked them covered at 350 for 45 minutes as the were very thick.

  • justmbeth
    Jul 7, 2012

    Great flavors! Definitely do again.

  • kmarqui
    Apr 13, 2012

    Just made this tonight and my husband and I loved it! What a great flavor and incredibly easy to make. I WILL make this again.