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Stuffed Pork Chops with Apple Thyme Sauce

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These Stuffed Pork Chops quickly became a family favorite. A pocket inside each thick chop is simply filled with bread and apple stuffing. This is no ordinary pork chop recipe as the stuffing peeking out of each juicy chop makes for a spectacular presentation.

If you’ve ever wondered how to cook stuffed pork chops, it’s easy as can be. And I promise, your family will be impressed!

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Stuffed Pork Chop Recipe

I first made this Stuffed Pork Chop Recipe with Apple Thyme Sauce a few years back after I received a complimentary copy of  Cuisine at Home in the mail. The family is a big fan of stuffing, so creating a little pocket in a chop and adding a simple mixture of diced bread, onion, celery, and apples made for a well-received entree.

These apple stuffed pork chops made our menu at least once a year when the boys were in the house. Miss Katie is basically a vegetarian, though she does love the occasional hot dog. You can see that she’s her father’s daughter, but I digress.

A Stuffed Pork Chop chop on a white dinner plate with asparagus and mushrooms

Tips for Making Stuffed Pork Chops

  • Feel free to add your favorite ingredients to this stuffing. If my family liked dried fruit as much as I do, I’d include some tart dried cherries. You can use whole wheat or rye bread if you’d prefer, too.
  • Use a long thin knife to carefully saw open a pocket in the middle of each pork chop, without cutting through 3 of the sides.
  • Open the pocket with your fingers, then stuff with as much filling that the space allows. You may have extra filling.
  • Wondering how to cook stuffed pork chops?  Start by sauteing each side of your chops in a hot pan. This will give some color to your chops.
  • Next, roast them in the oven until the filling is hot. PRO-Tip: Use a meat thermometer to ensure the filling reaches 145 degrees, the FDA’s recommendation for cooked pork.

I was tempted to brine these chops as that’s the best way to ensure tender meat. But I worried that the filling might absorb too much salt via osmosis. But I may do a trial run one day and report back. Try these baked stuffed pork chops on your family and please come back and let me know what you think!

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This recipe was first shared in February 2014. Photos and text were updated in 2020.

A Stuffed Pork Chop chop on a white dinner plate with asparagus and mushrooms

Stuffed Pork Chops with Apple Thyme Sauce

A delicious pork chop recipe with a bread and apple stuffing and pan sauce!

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 4

Ingredients

For stuffing:

  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 cup bread, diced small (about 2 slices)
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup celery, diced
  • 1/4 cup apples, diced (I used yellow Delicious)
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For chops:

  • 4 thick-cut pork chops
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons shallots, minced
  • 1 tsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup apple cider or apple juice
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Toast bread in 1 tbsp. butter in an oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat until crisp and then transfer to a bowl. Return pan to heat.
  3. Saute onion, celery, and apples in 1tablespoon butter over medium heat until soft. Stir in thyme. Add vegetables to bread cubes. Toss mixture with the chicken broth, vinegar, and seasonings until liquid is absorbed. Wipe out the skillet.
  4. Prepare chops by cutting a pocket at the midway point of each chop being careful only to cut through on one side.
  5. Fill pockets with bread mixture. They will be full, but you’ll probably have some left-over stuffing. Saute chops in oil over medium-high heat until brown on one side, about 3 minutes. Carefully turn the chops over and add any extra stuffing to the pan at this point. Transfer pan to the oven. Roast about 8 minutes, then remove the chops and stuffing from the pan and set aside. Tent with foil to keep warm.
  6. Saute shallots for the sauce in 1 tbsp. of butter in the same skillet over medium heat. Add flour and cook for 1 minute. Deglaze the pan with cider, wine, and vinegar. Simmer until sauce is slightly thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Finish sauce with thyme, salt, and pepper.

Yield: 4 servings

Total time: 45 minutes

Notes

Adapted from Cuisine at Home.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1 pork chop

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 533Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 155mgSodium: 667mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 42g

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25 comments on “Stuffed Pork Chops with Apple Thyme Sauce”

  1. I love your apple stuffing and that sauce sounds wonderful, perfect flavors with pork chops!

  2. Pork and apples match perfectly! This is a fine family meal Liz!

  3. Sounds like a great dinner, ya gotta love the pig:@)

  4. For some reason I don’t often make pork chops, and a perfectly cooked chop rivals any meat! Love how you’ve stuffed them — these look terrific! Really nice recipe. Thanks.

  5. Apple thyme sauce sounds amazing. I love the apple and pork together, but haven’t eaten as stuffed pork chop. Looks delicious!

  6. What a great idea to stuff the chops like this! They look perfect!

  7. Yummy Liz! Perfect idea for tomorrow’s lunch!!!

  8. I am sure that apple stuffing is really perfect for pork chops.. Looks like a filling and very delicious meal ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Manservant recently asked me why i don’t like pork chops. I wasn’t raised on pork and perhaps that’s the reason. I know he wishes I would reconsider and after looking at these, I just might!

  10. Like the sound of these. Pork and apple is timeless.! Will be trying these out soon.

  11. Lizzy,
    Your pork chops look delicious. The hubby would love them too.
    Annamaria

  12. Love Cuisine at Home. I got a freebie in the mail once and subscribed for a while. Must renew. Thanks for the reminder. Although, I wonder if they still exist?

    I took pork chops out for tomorrow’s dinner. I was thinking of stuffing them but I think they may be too thin for stuffing. Perhaps I’ll make it on the side. I’d worry about the brining also when stuffing, Liz but it probably wouldn’t make the stuffing salty. Curious now:) When I cook thin pork chops I worry about over brining. Sometimes I add a tablespoon of pineapple juice to the marinade. Pretty amazing that stuff. Too much of course makes the pork “mushy” but a little goes a long way and, no worries!

    Thanks for sharing, Liz and thanks for a great dinner idea!

  13. Well, I would change a thing in this recipe! Love that sauce and I’ve always been a huge fan of pork and apples. Lovely dish Liz!

  14. Lizzie, I love your hearty, and super delicious apple stuffed pork chops, and the sauce is so perfect…totally craving this entire dish! Lovely presentation, my friend. Printing the recipe right now…thanks for sharing! xoxo

  15. Once more, exceptional work Liz! Pork chops and steaks are extremely popular here, and you just gave us another tasty way to use them! We never tried pork&apple before, we have recipes which combine portk&quince (which go back to ancient Greece) that are delicious, so we think the apple will be amazing as well.
    Thank you so much for sharing Liz!

  16. Yum, yum, yum. I love stuffed pork! I usually buy a rolled pork loin and stuff that. This is a lovely looking family meal and don’t you think stuffing adds wonderful flavour to pork! xx

  17. Have never tried making stuffed pork….it looks totally yum, Liz.

  18. wow, what a delicious pork chops, i gues this kind of stuffed dish would be my older sister obsession,
    dried berries or raisin would e a lovely accompanion with the palle too!

  19. Brining would be worth a try, curious about such results. But these stuffed chops look wonderful. I have not stuffed chops in so long. Fruits pair so well with pork too.

  20. Pork chops are such a great party dish, I would love to try this! And apple thyme sauce is gorgeous ๐Ÿ˜€

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  21. This sounds uber-tasty. Well done! Happy Valentine’s Day, Liz. Hope you have a great day!

  22. This sounds delicious. I love using thyme with pork and I am sure this was a hit. Thyme is often good with fruit too. I have a blackberry cobbler recipe that uses some lemon-thyme.

  23. This stuffed chop just like a sandwich. I would do my best to be lady-like and use and knife and fork! I would be happy for days!

  24. This is the only way I’ll eat pork chops! These are amazing! Thanks so much for the recipe

  25. This was so good!! Everyone at my house was impressed!

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