One of the smells which makes me reminisce of my childhood is stuffed pork chops. My mother would prepare stuffed pork chops frequently in my childhood years. The delicious smell of pork mixed with the smell of stuffing makes my mouth water to this day. Many people lead such busy lives between family and work that they desire a quick and easy dinner. A lot of us want to arrive home from work and relax, and we don’t want to spend the rest of our free time cooking for hours at a time. This stuffed pork chop recipe is very delicious, but, I prefer to prepare my own stuffing instead of using a box. There really is not much time difference between homemade and boxed stuffing.
1 Med. Onion, diced
2 Celery Stalks, diced
1 Garlic Clove, minced
2 Tbsp. Butter
1 C. Chicken Broth
4 1/2 C. Herb Seasoned Stuffing Bread
4 Pork Loin Chops, sliced 1″ thick
1/2 Tsp. Salt
1/2 Tsp. Pepper
1 C. Cold Water
1 Packet of Pork Gravy Mix
1 C. Pork Drippings from pan
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium pot, combine butter, onion, celery and garlic. Saute vegetables for 10 minutes or until tender. Add chicken broth and cook until broth comes to a boil. Turn off heat and take pan off of stove. Stir in stuffing bread, cover, and let sit for 5 minutes.
Take the pork loin chops and cut a pocket in the middle of each chop. Be careful not to cut through the sides of the chop. With a spoon, fill each pork chop with the stuffing making sure the pork chop is full. After filling chops, sprinkle the salt and pepper on top. Place chops in a baking dish or roasting pan, cover, and bake in the center of the oven for 30-35 minutes until done. Remove chops from oven and set aside.
To make gravy, pour gravy packet in a medium size pan and add 1 cup of cold water. Whisk until combined. Turn stove on medium heat and add 1 cup of the drippings from the pork chop pan. Bring gravy to boil and cook until thickened. Spoon gravy over pork chops when serving.