So here is the pinnacle of what we are going to call the Apple Extravaganza of 2014! Lol. Once again we used the apples from our wonky little tree. I had never made a stuffed anything! So I was a little nervous, but we were watching Guy and Rachel Kid Cook Off and they were making stuffed pork chops and they looked AMAZING! I just had to try it, I mean if a 12 year old can do it I should be able to. And I learned a neat little trick.
When you are making the pocket in the meat you insert the knife and move back and forth in a motion kind of like a windshield wiper. You don’t want the opening doesn’t get so wide that all the goodness falls out. But just wide enough that you can get about 2 fingers in. Then you make a deep pocket leaving about a quarter inch around the edges.
This recipe makes enough for 2 so you can adjust the proportions as needed.
2 thick cut pork chops
2-3 medium apples~ diced~ We of course used mystery apples, but I think that tart apples like Granny Smith would be amazing.
4 slices of bacon~ chopped in 1 inch squares
1 sweet onion~ sliced
1/2 cup Walnuts~ chopped
1 clove of garlic~ minced
Salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 375. In a medium skillet cook the bacon until it’s about halfway done. Add the chopped apples, walnuts and garlic. Cook and stir until the bacon is almost done to your taste. You don’t want it to get too crispy because it will dry out way too much in the oven. Add the onion slices and coat them in the mixture and bacon grease, but don’t cook the onions. Take the skillet off the heat and let it cool till the mixture is just warm enough that you can touch it with your hands. Separate the onions from the rest of the mixture.
Lightly season the pork chops with the salt and pepper. Fill the pork chops with the mixture don’t be afraid to use your hands and really get as much filling in each pork chop so that they get nice and round. If you made the hole too big you can use a toothpick to close it up so the filling doesn’t fall out. Put half the onion slices on the bottom of your baking dish. Place the filled pork chops on top of the onions, place the rest of the onions on top of the chops. Top it off with the remaining mixture.
Cook for 30-45 minutes. You want the temperature of the meat to be 165 degrees.
Look at all this yummy goodness:
I hope you enjoy this superb dish as much as we did!!