Apple and Bacon Stuffed Pork Chops

[ingredients title=”Cast of characters”]

  • 6 1-inch thick pork chops
  • 2 medium apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 10 slices of bacon, diced
  • 1 large or 2 small shallots, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper

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[directions title=”Method to the madness”]

  1. Carefully cut into the fatty side of the chop, make a pocket to hold the stuffing.
  2. In a large skillet on medium-high heat, cook bacon just before crispy. Remove bacon, and add butter to the pan, then cook the apples and shallots. Add garlic and stir for 2 minutes.
  3. Remove stuffing from heat, transfer to bowl and set aside. Salt and pepper each side of pork chop, stuff it with as much stuffing as you can fit and use a toothpick to close and prevent spilling (about half of the stuffing will be leftover).
  4. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, sear pork chops on each side for 5 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Transfer chops to a baking dish and bake uncovered for 25 minutes. When serving, top each chop with some of the remaining stuffing.

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