Once in a while I want our food to feel more grown-up. Ya know what I mean? I spend most weeks making food to please the masses, but sometimes I just want to dress it up. This recipe fits the bill.
- thick cut pork chops, bone in
- prepared stuffing recipe of your choice
- olive oil
- Use a sharp knife to slice a flap into chops, cutting to the bone.
- Sprinkle both sides of the chops with salt, pepper and about 1/8 tsp. of cinnamon per chop.
- Heat 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan. Sear chops on each side over medium high heat until browned.
- In a small bowl combine stuffing with part of the applesauce. Use about 1/4 cup stuffing and 1 heaping tablespoon of applesauce per chop.
- Stuff chops and spoon one tablespoon of applesauce over each chop spreading evenly.
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Bake chops on a baking sheet for about 30 minutes.
I love the hint of apple running through these pork chops. Unsweetened applesauce gives it a little more bite. The applesauce baking on top thickens just a bit while keeping the pork chops juicy. If you like your stuffing a little more on the dry side use finely chopped apples in place of the applesauce, and if you can't find thick pork chops use a large pork cutlet make a roll securing with a toothpick.