• 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

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.

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

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