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Apple, Goat Cheese and Pecan-Stuffed Pork Chops

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"Pork chops marinated in lemon-honey brine are stuffed with a sweet-savory mixture of pecans, apples, and goat cheese, then browned and baked in this gourmet presentation."
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9 h 5 m servings
Original recipe yields 7 servings


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  1. Slice the pork loin into 1-inch thick chops.
  2. In a medium pot, bring 4 cups water, lemon juice, honey and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a boil for 2 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, add 2 cups cold water. Pour the brine into a plastic container large enough for the chops. Add the chops, brine overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place pecans on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. For the stuffing: In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the apple slices, brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Saute until tender. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Add the chopped pecans and goat cheese.
  6. Remove the chops from the brine.
  7. Slit each chop horizontally to create a large hole for the stuffing.
  8. Spoon the stuffing into the chops. Season each chop with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, sear each chop in extra virgin olive oil.
  10. Place chops on a baking pan and bake for 20-30 minutes until internal temperature is 155-160 degrees F.


  • Recipe Courtesy of Chef Michelle, ALDI Test Kitchen

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I followed the recipe except I used Macintosh Apples and I seared the chops before stuffing them to avoid making a mess. I did not use the name brand ingredients either and it turned out truly ...