January 21, 2010
Stuffed Pork Chops
Stuffed Pork Chops
3 tablespoons butter
1 onion chopped fine
1 finely chopped rib of celery
2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 cloves of minced garlic
2 slices or 2 cups of better quality bread cubed (small cubes or rough fresh crumbs) placed in medium bowl
3 tablespoons heavy cream
pepper to taste
4 pork chops (I used center thicker cut boneless and bone in chops - 3-4 pounds)
oil for searing
Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Add onions, celery and soft cooking until softened. Stir in the herbs and garlic and cook until fragrant 40 seconds or so. Remove from heat and toss with bread, cream and pepper. Pressing until comes together.
Heat oven to 450°F. Cut a pocket along long edge of chop (I make an incision along edge then use my knife to cut a pocket without disturbing the outer edge in order to hold the bread mixture). Stuff each chop equally.
Heat oil over medium high heat in a saute and brown the chops on both sides until brown (5 minutes). Transfer to baking dish and bake until center of stuffing reaches 135°F (around 18 minutes depending on your oven). Turn chops half way through.
You can cook your chops until they reach the internal temperature of 145°F or remove when the stuffing reaches temperature and put the chops on a plate tenting with foil (they will continue to 'cook' under the foil).
Use saute pan to make a pan sauce if desired.
Lemon Thyme Pan Sauce
1 shallot or ¼ onion minced
1½ cups of chicken broth
1 teaspoon of dried thyme
1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 tablespoons of chilled butter in 3 pieces
Add oil to skillet that you sauteed your chops in heat to shimmering and add shallots and cook until softened. Stir in thyme add broth scraping up the browned bits off the bottom of the pan and simmer until thickened - 5 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and additional pork juice from the plate of cooked pork chops. Turn heat low and whisk in 1 at a time the butter pieces. Do not add a new piece of butter until the one before it mixed in. Take your time so as not to break the sauce. Season with salt and pepper.