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Stuffed Iowa Chops

Here's a hearty dish for big appetites. The corn and apples make a tasty stuffing for the chops. —Judith Smith, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 4 bone-in pork loin chops (1-1/2 inches thick and 8 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup chopped peeled apple
  • 1 cup whole kernel corn
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary or 1/8 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cut a pocket in each pork chop by slicing almost to the bone. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Brown chops on each side; cool slightly.
  • In a bowl, mix onion, parsley, milk and seasonings. Add apple, corn and bread crumbs; toss to combine. Spoon into pork chops; place in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  • In a small bowl, mix sauce ingredients; reserve half of the sauce for brushing. Pour remaining sauce over pork chops. Bake, uncovered, 50-60 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in stuffing reads 165°, brushing occasionally with reserved sauce during the last 20 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 stuffed pork chop: 601 calories, 24g fat (8g saturated fat), 112mg cholesterol, 875mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 3g fiber), 41g protein.

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  • lshaw
    Dec 11, 2018

    This came together very quickly for me because I used leftover cornbread dressing from Thanksgiving with a can of corn added. Enjoyed the sauce on the top. Will repeat, especially after Thanksgiving!

  • homemadewithlove
    May 3, 2016

    My family loved it! Especially the honey flavor and stuffing.

  • browns19fan
    Apr 23, 2016

    A substantial dish with very little flavor. Edible, but I won't serve it again.

  • Wildfiremustang
    Feb 26, 2016

    It was okay.

  • TarrahS
    Nov 22, 2015

    Very good! I made these tonight for dinner and will be making more very soon. The only change I made was using cornbread instead of regular bread crumbs for more flavor and a hint of sweetness.

  • MarineMom_texas
    Jul 23, 2015

    I prepared this recipe tonight and thought it was very good. I thought the stuffing was a little bland so will use a little less bread crumbs next time. Otherwise it was outstanding. My husband ate the whole huge pork chop. The sauce is excellent and gives the chops a good flavor. I served it with brown rice, applesauce, and fresh melon slices. I recommend this recipe as a Volunteer Field Editor for Taste of Home.

  • LynnRoseT
    Apr 28, 2012

    I made this this morning, and had it for a late lunch. Very Tasty! I even had applesauce with it. All I can say is it is simple to make and makes an excellent meal. I used 5 chops. The sauce is delish, the stuffing delish, and the chops are moist.

  • joepeg21
    Apr 27, 2012

    This was so delicious! The stuffing was quite a surprise, I had never combined corn, onions, and apples before...I'm so glad I just did it without questioning the unknown, it is incredibly good! I always bread my pork chops so they don't get dry, and the chops on sale at my store weren't thick enough to stuff, so I just overlapped the chops a bit and placed the stuffing in between. This stuffing would be good with any white meat, I think. Ohhhh, it was so good!!!! Thank you for a keeper recipe!!!

  • N.
    Apr 26, 2012

    No comment left

  • fredaevans
    Apr 26, 2012

    A simple alternative for the stuffing is just boxed turkey or chicken stuffing mix. Either way, 'Good Eats.'