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Pesto Stuffed Pork Chops

Seared juicy pork chops stuffed with a delicious blend of pesto and Feta cheese. 30 minute meal that is over-the-top delicious!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked pork chops, baked pork chops recipe, how to cook pork chops in the oven, pork chops, stuffed pork chops recipe, suffed pork chops
Servings: 4
Calories: 547kcal

Equipment

  • Stove
  • Oven

Ingredients

  • 4 bone-in pork chops, 1 to 1 ¼ inch thick
  • cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ½ cup basil pesto
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • salt, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup chicken broth or water

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400˚F.
  • Pat dry pork chops with paper towels.
  • Using a sharp paring knife, cut a 2-inch deep pocket on the side of each pork chop. DO Not cut through. You just want to make a pocket for the stuffing. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl combine cheese, pesto, and garlic.
  • Stuff the pork chops with the pesto filling and secure with toothpicks. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl combine oregano, rosemary, thyme, pepper, and salt; rub both sides of the pork chops with the spice mix.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large oven-safe skillet; add pork chops to the heated skillet and cook for 3 minutes per side, or until browned. (Sear the pork chops two at a time for easier turning.)
  • Remove pork chops from skillet and set aside; keep covered.
  • Add remaining oil to the skillet and set over medium-high heat.
  • Add sliced onions to the hot oil and cook for 4 minutes, or until softened, stirring frequently.
  • Carefully add the chicken broth; stir and scrape up all the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Add pork chops back to the skillet.
  • Transfer skillet to the oven and continue to cook for 10 to 12 more minutes, or until internal temperature of the pork chops reaches 145˚F. Try not to overcook the pork chops because if you do, they will be tough and dry.
  • Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes.
  • Remove toothpicks and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 547kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 524mg | Potassium: 631mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 678IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 158mg | Iron: 2mg