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Pesto Stuffed Pork Chops

Rated as 4.47 out of 5 Stars

"Sharkey Family recipe. This goes great served with fresh steamed broccoli and a Caesar salad."
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Ingredients

1 h servings 335 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings

Directions

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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Mix feta cheese, basil pesto, and pine nuts in a bowl. Use the tip of a sharp boning or paring knife to cut a 3-inch slit in the side of each pork chop, 2 inches deep and 1/4-inch away from the bone, to make a pocket for stuffing. Stuff pork chops with pesto filling and secure with toothpicks.
  3. Mix black pepper, oregano, garlic, red pepper flakes, and thyme in a small bowl; rub both sides of each chop with the spice mix. Place chops into a shallow baking dish.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until chops are browned and stuffing is hot, about 40 minutes. An instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the center of the stuffing should read 145 degrees F (63 degrees C). Brush chops with balsamic vinegar and bake until vinegar forms a glaze, another 5 minutes.

Footnotes

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  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 335 calories; 22.2 g fat; 3.3 g carbohydrates; 29.4 g protein; 94 mg cholesterol; 208 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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delicious!

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Just finished eating these pork chops. The pesto/feta stuffing was great! But I saw other reviews and only used a 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes in the rub. The rub was STILL very hot! I love spic...

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delicious!

Just finished eating these pork chops. The pesto/feta stuffing was great! But I saw other reviews and only used a 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes in the rub. The rub was STILL very hot! I love spic...

This was great. I used walnut instead of pine nut. Turned out great. The cook time was a little off for me, but my chops were a little small. Over all a great recipe. I'll make it again.

This was wonderful! I used a boneless pork chop, flattened it with a meat mallet, rolled it around stuffing and then secured with toothpicks. I should have reduced the baking time going this r...

These pork chops are awesome! Different than the same old boring breaded chop.

I am frequently looking online for various things to try cooking to give me inspiration on how I can challenge my cooking style. I have never written a review before as I feel the previous revie...

I made this for guests the other day and it was a huge hit. I omitted the pine nuts because I didn't want to go to the store and these were still amazing. Pesto and feta were made for pork. Y...

While the stuffing was a great tasting combination, the seasoning was way too hot and really over-powered the stuffing. The other thing is, the vinegar left no taste, seeing it just ran right o...

Didn't change a thing. This was so good. The flavors in the stuffing were delicious, and the outside coating was perfect. My husband loved it. I am always looking for different ways to make pork...