Saturday, August 8, 2009

Take A Bite Of: Italian stuffed Pork Chops

something savory, delicious, and perfect for a weekend dinner. Perhaps a little bread, veggies on the side, wine, and some al fresco dining and you will have the perfect meal. Buon Appetito!

ITALIAN STUFFED PORK CHOPS

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 bag (6 ounces) baby spinach
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 pound capocollo (spicy Italian ham), cut into small dice
  • 1/4 pound provolone cheese, cut into small dice
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 4 thick-cut (1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches) pork chops for stuffing (about 2 to 2 1/2 pounds total)

Directions:

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, 1 minute.

Add spinach, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper and the Italian seasoning; cook, stirring, just until spinach is wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove the spinach mixture to a medium-size bowl; let cool completely. When cool, add the capocollo, provolone cheese and egg; gently stir to combine completely.

Place the pork chops on a flat work surface; cut a slit horizontally to the bone so chop can be opened like a book. Stuff each chop with 1/4 of the stuffing. (If freezing, wrap each chop tightly in freezer wrap, without toothpicks; freeze up to 1 month.) Secure chops with toothpicks.

To cook and serve: If chops are frozen, thaw in refrigerator overnight.

Preheat oven to 375 degree F.

Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet. Add chops; cook 2 minutes per side or until browned. Place chops in single layer in a baking dish just large enough to hold them. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Bake the chops in the oven for 15 minutes or until the internal temperature registers 155 degrees on an instant-read thermometer when inserted in the pork. Remove chops to a platter; cover with foil. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes in warm place before serving.


And if you are looking for a great side dish, you can make some garlicky green beans in no time at all. And my recent trick? Using pure Avocado oil instead of olive oil. Avocado 0il has the same smooth texture but gives an added dose of creaminess. Its unbelievable.

Saute a clove of garlic in a pan with about 3 T. Avocado oil. When hot, put in your fresh green beans, some sea salt, and a pinch of red pepper flake. Saute for about 7-10 minutes depending on your level of desired crisp. Delicious!

67 comments:

meraldia said...

Although I am a vegetarian, this sounds very delicious!

Dustjacket Attic said...

Sounds delish JM, have a great weekend.
xxx

My name is PJ. said...

Triple the garlic and you could possibly have my newest favorite dish. I just shot this over to Chef Stu's computer so he'll make it. Yum-osity in the making! Thanks!

Badass Geek said...

I'm not a big fan of pork, but this sounds tasty.

Little Ms Blogger said...

Sounds great and I never heard of avocado oil. Very excited to try that.

Gin said...

Thank you. I think I may just try that!

Jules said...

Yum! Hubby loves pork chops so I'll be trying this one!

Shop Girl* said...

Those look way too good to be allowed.

Stereos and Souffles said...

Avocado oil...I thought I hit the motherload with key lime oil. I'll be checking Whole Foods for it ASAP.

Got any restaurant suggestions for me yet? :-)

Dorkys Ramos said...

Great...now I want pork chops at 9 in the morning...

Visiting from SITS! You didn't post right in front of me, but your profile pic caught my eye and just wanted to stop in to say hello!

Lisa and Laura said...

I don't even like pork chops, but these sound delish.

Happy weekend!

Yaya said...

My hubby would love this!

Young Mom/Wife said...

These look and sound amazing. I have never heard of Avocado oil, but will have to check it out.

Rita/Fighting Off Frumpy said...

Ooooh, YUM! Now I know what we're having for dinner tonight! :)

Sunshinemeg said...

That looks great. I could totally eat that for breakfast today.

Mira is triplet crown said...

Get back to me in a few years when I can see straight enough to cook. Thanks for the recipe!

MG said...

Sounds great! I'm going to add it to my list of receipes to try!

Nora Johnson said...

Your recipe, JM, is serious food porn!!! There's a sudden change of plan here for dinner tonight...!

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend,

xxLOL LOLA:)

confused homemaker said...

That sounds and looks great, I am always looking to expand our recipe/food selection.

Funny Girl said...

Sounds devine. Avacado Oil? Will have to try this.

Stephanie Faris said...

I'm going to have to give this a try. Yummmmmm.

drollgirl said...

this looks amazing and deeeeeeeeeeeelicious!! must print! must try! SOON!

Barbaloot said...

I really should avoid coming to your blog when I'm hungry...

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

And i thought I came here just for the writing....

Kristina P. said...

OK, I am all over this recipe!

WhiteSockGirl said...

Oh,that looks so good. Now I am hungry and I was thinking of an all liquid gold dinner for tonight!

Judy said...

The title of your blog got my attention!! The pork chops sound wonderful. I made some last week stuffed with gorgonzola cheese, red onion and rosemary. I'm keeping and trying your recipe the next time. Thanks so much for visiting!

cherie said...

wow - italian cooking. delicioso! gotta come back for more!

HalfAsstic.com said...

OH. MY. GAWD. I have never been here before... is it normal to have drool all over the keyboard? Cause, I need to get some plastic wrap for it or something before I come back for a visit.... ;-)

Luna said...

those sound good. i barely eat port anymore but would have this for a meal.

CaJoh said...

If I were not cooking Turkey tonight, that sounds like a great thing to try.

Sometime I am going to have to have Pork Chops as a Theme for my Friday's Feast sometime and link up to this post. Yum.

Baloney said...

Sounds delicious! Thanks for visiting my blog!!

Shorty said...

that looks so good! i've never thought of stuffing a chop... but then i don't get all that adventurous in the kitchen. thanks for stimulating my brain with the idea!

MissBliss said...

This sounds divinely, mouthwateringly, delicious... And does it say 4 am posting??? Much more of an advanced dinner planner than I am! No wonder it sounds sooo good.

FROGGITY! said...

this looks awesome and i wil have to try it out! :) yum!

Coco said...

Why am I just now reading you for the first time? HILARIOUS!! And I can't believe you even glance at my boring blog long enough to leave a comment.

You are now a fave!

Scrappy Girl said...

Yummy!

Matthew said...

Nice recipe. May try it when that bulk purchase of tinned all-day breakfast finally runs out in June or July.

Mr. Condescending said...

Ahhh I am SO hungry now! And wanting red wine BAD too thanks to you!

Dana-Lynn said...

This sounds fantastic. I am a fan of anything stuffed. I have a similar recipe for stuffed chicken and another for Gorgonzola stuffed filet mignon.

Thanks for the great recipe!

Wearing Mascara said...

Oh this looks so good and fairly simple which is good because I'm not the greatest cook :-) I'll have to try this soon!

Lily G. said...

yum, sounds delicious!

Karyn - (French Charming) said...

I was hungry before I opened your blog...now I'm freakin starving! Yumalicious, can't wait to try this!! Thanks for the delicious recipe.

Hope you are having a fabulous weekend!!

Hugs,
Karyn

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Ohhh yummy my dear, those look and sound yummy ;)

Debbie in Nashville said...

My mouth is watering...

Thanks for stopping by and entering my giveaway!

Sally-Sal said...

I'd love to have dinner at your house ;)

Debbie said...

That does look and sound great!

MissRedLips said...

okay, my mouth is now watering...:-) scrumptious!

Hyphen Mama said...

Okay, let me get this straight: you run marathons, you cook AND you're funny?!?

Wow...I don't feel like a failure NOW.

Lady Di said...

This looks good. Always fun to try new ways to cook old favorites. I too have a recipe on the 'ol blog today.

Jen said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog! I've been reading through your posts. I love it! :)

Fashion Moment said...

Seem so delicious!
Thank you for sharing!
And, thank you for the comment.

FM~FP~AF

La La La Leah said...

Looks good! I like that it does not have a lot of ingredients and its something you don't see all the time. I also love how you gave freezing instructions! *BOUNS*

I wonder if I could do it with out eggs... Son is VERY allergic... something to think about.

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Oh, thanks for the idea for my dinner tonight! Me hubby will love this!

Hawk

Couture Carrie said...

What a fab recipe!

xoxox,
CC

JenJen said...

Stuffing anything more than m'ass in a pair of jeans scares me. However, I must try this avocado oil!!

Martha said...

With recipes like this you sure wouldn't need to come over on my big cooking days. Thank you for enduring my extra long entry when you stopped by. This recipe looks delicious! Yum!

Margaret said...

I can't wait to make this. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Keith said...

I bet those are so delicious.

Hope you had a good weekend. Cheers!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

YUM!!! Thanks for visiting me today!! I truly appreciate it! :):):):):):):):)

BeautifulWreck said...

Damn those look good. Too bad I no longer I eat pork or I would so be making them.

Laoch of Chicago said...

Thanks for posting this. It sounds quite tasty.

Jarlin Paul said...

Looks cool...need to try.

Vivienne said...

This sounds wonderful. Pork is one thing I can never get right, (too dry) yet I keep trying.

The Cottage Cheese said...

meat stuffed with cheese and more meat? you know I like it!

Live.Love.Eat said...

I don't do a whole lotta pork chops but these look delish!!!!!! Very nice.

Julie said...

Stuffing pork with more pork can never be a bad thing...looks awesome :)