Recipe Details

Almond-Stuffed Pork Chops

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4

FOR ROASTS, CHOPS and TENDERLOINS

Cook to 145 F with 3 minute rest

Ingredients

4 New York (top loin) pork chops, 1 1/4-inch thick
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup almonds, chopped
1/4 cup celery, chopped
1/4 cup onion, chopped
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/8-1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 slices white bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 tablespoon browning and seasoning sauce, optional
1 tablespoon water

Cooking Directions

For stuffing, melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook almonds, celery and onion in hot butter until vegetables are tender. Stir in the 2 tablespoons water, bouillon granules, parsley flakes and almond flavor. Add bread cubes; toss to moisten bread cubes. Cut opening in each chop from the outer side; widen opening into pocket, being careful not to cut through the other side of the chop. Fill pockets in chops with equal amounts of stuffing. Secure with toothpicks.

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Place stuffed chops on roasting rack in shallow roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, until internal temperature is 145 degrees F. (check temperature in thickest part of meat), 35-45 minutes. Combine browning and seasoning sauce and 1 tablespoon water in small bowl, if desired; brush over chops. Bake for 2 minutes more. Remove toothpicks from chops.

Serves 4.

Serving Suggestions

Basic stuffed chops with almond crunch. Serve with a mixed green salad and sautéed green beans.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 433 calories
Protein: 39 grams
Fat: 26 grams
Sodium: 284 milligrams
Cholesterol: 117 milligrams
Saturated Fat: 9 grams
Carbohydrates: 10 grams
Fiber: 1 grams

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Pork chops are the most popular cut from the pork loin, which is the strip of meat that runs from the pig’s hip to shoulder. Depending on where they originate, pork chops can be found under a variety of names, including loin, rib, sirloin, top loin and blade chops.

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The best way to defrost pork is in the refrigerator in its wrapping. Defrosting a 1 inch chop will take 12-14 hours.


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It’s important to note that all pork chops cook the same. The length of cooking primarily depends on the thickness of the chop. Thickness can vary from ½ to 2 inches. Whether you choose chops boneless for convenience or chops with the bone attached for their attractive appearance, the cooking time is the same. Pork chops are likely the least intimidating of all pork cuts because they are so easy to prepare.

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