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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Stuffed Pork Chops ~ Cooking with High Heeled Life

 Usually my cooking adventures are completed with the help of Rehab Girl, but since we are taking a couple of weeks off for the summer Mr. G, has offered his help with the items requiring the stove. Of course he was unaware that photos are required for each step - so while I went off to find the camera, he thought he would get things going and stuff the pork chops. So I apologize for no photo of the actual stuffing process. He promises to not start the process without camera next time...


2 thick stuffing pork chops (2-3 inches thick)
1/4 Cup Gruyère Cheese (you can use 2 slices per chop)
a small handful of pine nuts chopped coarsely
2 slices of cooked ham
Italian parsley  small bunch chopped 
2 strips of bacon (uncooked)
2 tbsp. melted butter

Start with the ham slices, add cheese on top, followed by pine nuts and a sprinkling of chopped parsley. Roll together to form a roll. Using a sharp cook’s knife make an incision into the side of the meat, so that you can flap the pork chop open like a book, (think of the bone as the spine of the book). Take the ham roll and place it inside the "open book" you created - close the meat flap, securing with a small wooden skewer or toothpicks. Wrap the stuffed and closed chop with a bacon strip. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with a little of the chopped parsley. They will look similar to the above photo. Set aside. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

For the side dish, we decided on steamed broccoli and a blend of whole grain brown rice (we used Lundberg Jubilee - it's gluten free). Cook rice according to package directions - cooking time for ours 50 minutes.

Once rice is cooking, add some butter to a skillet and brown the outside of pork chops. Then place pork chops in oven proof baking dish. Place in pre-heated oven for 35-45 minutes. The cheese may start to melt out... don't worry, you can spoon it onto the pork chops after.  Remove pork chops from oven and let stand 10 minutes.

My contribution to the dinner was salad and olive bread with olive oil and balsamic dipping oil.

Salad Ingredients:
3 small ripe red tomatoes
3 mini English cucumbers
oregano, salt, pepper, evoo, balsamic vinegar - to taste 
Cubed feta cheese

Slice tomato, cucumber  sprinkle with seasoning spices and add olive oil and a sprinkle of balsamic vinegar. Blend ingredients together - I find your hands work best. After blending add cubed feta cheese and very lightly blend again.

Dipping Oil Ingredients:
1/4 C- 1/2 C Extra virgin Olive Oil (depending on how much oil you want to make)
5 TBsp. oregano, pinch of salt and pepper to taste
couple dribbles of balsamic vinegar (I used Acetaia San Giacomo)
1 loaf of Olive bread

Mix dry ingredients in a small dipping container. Pour enough olive oil to cover. Check out the heart in the oil, I could not have predicted that .. but it just happened... add a couple drizzles of balsamic vinegar. 

Place olive bread on a cutting board - with dipping oil. Serve with a bottle of Chianti. We selected Castellani 2007 Riserva from our wine selection.


 When you cut into pork chop .. the cheese will melt out.... yum!

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  1. omg what a great meal, so healthy and yummy!

  2. God this looks delicious ... I have never thought of stuffing pork chops .. wow .. I am going to give this one a go..
    I am so bored sometimes with the boys routine's and Darren needs to loose weight so is low carbing, it is difficult to think of new recipes that they will enjoy..

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  3. This looks delicious! I often forget about pork chops, all-too-often defaulting to chicken, so I'll have to try this. And, tomato-cucumber-feta salad is a summer favorite. I make it all the time!

  4. Dearest Celia,

    You and your sous-chef are remarkable! What a meal you put together; yummy.
    Well, at home I'm most of the time preparing the hot meals but Pieter can do several things on his own as well. That is a great feeling for when needed... His eldest brother is completely helpless on his own; sad to observe. He lost his wife a good year ago and before that she got paralyzed for six years.

    Enjoy your summer and say well.
    Lots of love,


  5. looks delicious!! I'm definitely going to try this!
    Thanks for the recipe =]

  6. I cook 95% of the time. My husband grills and can make a great breakfast. That's about it where he is concerned. He would love, love, love this dish. I will have to make it for him soon.
    I have to double check, but I think I just bought that very same rice last week...how strange!

    Happy Monday! xo A

  7. Oh, who cooks dinner in my home? Me, always me. First time I married for love... next time it will be someone who cooks! hee hee Seriously, hubby's favorite thing is pork chops... maybe if he's good I'll make these for him. xo

  8. WOW this is a MUST MAKE recipe for me i'll message you when i've made it lol!! DROOOOOL!!

  9. My son would love this dish! I am definitely the cook in my house, but my youngest is starting to cook again. He had not cooked for quite a while but is finally back in the kitchen. It is kind of nice to let someone cook for me occasionally.

    ~ Tracy

  10. YUMMY!
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  11. This looks great! My hubby does most of the cooking in our house. I make all the baby's food and feed him his dinner while my wonderful husband cooks for us.

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  12. I adore pork chops!

    Do you think I could sub in mozzarella cheese?

  13. That looks delicious, the pics sure help with the recipe.The salad looks great too.

  14. That looks delicious, the pics sure help with the recipe.The salad looks great too.

  15. Looks like it's dinner at your place! :)


  16. Oh Yum I can see you are a great cook!

    You are the best!


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  18. This looks to delicious. I am adding pork chops to my grocery list today!! Please tell Mr. G that he has done well!!
    I am loving your blog!!

  19. These look fantastic. I never know what to do w a pork chop - will definitely give this a try.

    And sadly, I do ALL of the cooking.
    The Monsieur does take over the grill so I try to go that way as often as possible in summer months!


  20. Yummmy! We are having pineapple stuffed porkchops tonight, but I am definitely going to have to try these! Visiting and following via Totally Tuesday Blog Hop...hop over to my blog and follow back if you like! http://mom4realky.blogspot.com

    Jessica K

  21. Oh yum! Can't wait to try this!

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  22. Heavenly Celia!!! I am now starving ....we both cook at our house and enjoy it very much. It is nice to see that you both enjoy it to!

  23. delicious! ant' wait to try this :) hope you can check out my blog for some +vibes and inspiration! i am also hosting a great ec0 friendly giveaway :)XO

  24. Anytime you need someone to cook for, let me know. This sounds so good.

  25. That looks unbelievably good!

    We tend to share the cooking equally at our house. Sometimes one of us will cook the whole meal, sometimes Adam will cook the meat and I'll make a salad or do the vegies.

    It works pretty well. Luckily, Adam is a good cook -- better than me actually. He's taught me a few things. He also loves gardening, so we're starting to eat more and more fresh vegies straight from the garden. It's nice.

    Hope you have a good week, High Heeled. : )


  26. This looks and sounds so amazing!!!!
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