We are probably all familiar with stiffed chicken breasts. That’s a common holiday dish that always delights, but have you ever heard of stuffed pork chops? This one was a new dish for me not long ago, but I immediately got excited about the idea.
The notion of sweet pork meat being stuffed with cheese, veggies, turkey stuffing, and other ingredients started to make my mouth water immediately.
Maybe it’s having the same effect on you, and if that’s the case, then I want to introduce you properly to this scrumptious, delightful food. This is a fairly easy dish to make, so no baking degree is required to pull it off.
I have kept the recipe fairly simple for your convenience because I want everybody to be able to try these out this dish for themselves.
Of course, you can feel free to experiment and change up some of the ingredients to your liking. This is one of those dishes that gives you a lot of leeway to do what you like, and I definitely encourage making it your own.
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How to Cook Stuffed Pork Chops
The most important part of making this dish is to choose the right pork chops. Not just any cut of meat will do- it needs to be thick and fresh. If it is too thin, then you can’t stuff all of your ingredients in there and you will end up splitting the chops wide open and having all of your stuffing spilling out.
If the meat is too old and not very fresh, the chops may come out dry, tough, and lacking flavour. So, once you have the right kind of pork chops to start with, then you can get started.
What’s great about these stuffed chops is that you can use leftovers to fill them. I know some people use thanksgiving leftovers like stuffing to actually stuff these. That is an excellent use of food that world otherwise sit in your fridge for days with no one touching it.
How to cook stuffed pork chops in oven with turkey stuffing? You just preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, lay them out flat and slice them open in the middle, horizontally.
You can fill in as much staffing as you like, and if it is spilling out a bit, that is no problem. Feel free to sprinkle a little seasoning on top, like oregano, salt and pepper, or a dry rub of some kind. Then, bake your pork chops in the oven, stuffing and all.
How long to cook stuffed pork chops for? The depends on how many you are making and how many you want to cook at once. For a set of six chops, you can cook them for 20-25 minutes.
Check them when they come out of the oven to ensure that they are thoroughly cooked. How do you tell they are done? They should be done at the end of 20-25 minutes, but you can stick them with a cooking thermometer and make sure they have an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
Stuffed Pork Chops- How to Cook with Cream of Mushroom Soup
Turkey stuffing isn’t the only thing you can use to fill your pork chops with. You can also use cream of mushroom soup, which is flavourful and even easier to make up. If you don’t have any turkey stuffing on hand, then why not use the cream of mushroom soup instead?
How to cook stuffed pork chops in the oven with cream of mushroom soup filling? Most of the same cooking directions apply here that I gave you up above for the turkey stuffed pork chops recipe.
You just preheat the oven to 350 degrees and slice open the chops horizontally as before. Fill them with adequate soup (using milk to make up the canned soup for a richer, thicker soup that is better for filling).
How long to cook stuffed pork chops in oven with cream of mushroom soup inside? You can just go with the same 20-25 minutes as before and you will get great results.
How to Cook Store Bought Stuffed Pork Chops
You can buy stuffed pork chops in the store as well, and they can often be microwaved, because in most cases they are already cooked.
Of course, if they aren’t cooked yet, you can use the same baking method and bake them in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees. If they are cooked, just warm them up for about two minutes each in the microwave.
I prefer oven baking for any kind of stuffed pork chop for one simple reason, though- that it makes the pork chops crispy on the outside. I like that difference in texture you get on the outside compared to the inside of the pork chop. It makes the soft, creamy filling that much better.
How to cook pre stuffed pork chops so that they come out crispy? Just preheat your oven to 350 degrees and let the pork chops crisp in there for about five minutes.
That should be enough time to make them have a lovely outer skin that is slightly crispy. How long to cook stuffed pork chops at 375 for a crispy outer layer? You can cook raw pork chops for 20 minutes and cooked pork chops for four minutes.
Anyone wondering how to cook stuffed pork chops from grocery store can use either the baking or microwaving methods. It is up to you and how you want the texture of the chops to be.
How to Cook Stuffed Pork Chops on the Grill
You can grill stuffed pork chops as well, and this is a relatively simple method for cooking them. Just prepare your pork chops the same way, using whatever filling you like. Preheat the grill before placing the pork chops there.
How to cook boneless stuffed pork chops on the grill? Be sure to put your filling in and have a preheated grill. From there, it is pretty simple to grill them. Just look for browning on both sides before you remove them from the grill. The browning is a clear indication that the pork chops are done cooking.
How long to cook boneless stuffed pork chops on the grill? You just need to cook them for about six minutes on each side, or until they have browned sufficiently.
Be sure to cook them on a medium heat for best results. This heating level will ensure that they come out juicy and tender.
What’s the ideal temperature for grilling stuffed pork chops?
The grill should be preheated to a medium heat, around 350°F to 375°F. This allows the pork chop to cook evenly all the way through without the outside getting too charred.
How do I ensure that the stuffing and the pork chop are both cooked thoroughly?
The key to making sure both the stuffing and pork chop are cooked thoroughly is to use a meat thermometer. The internal temperature of the pork chop should reach at least 145°F and the stuffing should reach 165°F, as recommended by the USDA. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the chop, making sure it reaches into the stuffing.
What are some tips for preventing my stuffed pork chops from drying out on the grill?
To keep your stuffed pork chops from drying out, consider brining them before cooking. A basic brine can be made with water, salt, and sugar. You can also baste the chops while grilling to add extra moisture and flavor. Additionally, make sure not to overcook the chops; use a meat thermometer to ensure you’re hitting the right temperature.
Can I prepare and stuff the pork chops ahead of time before grilling?
Yes, you can prepare and stuff the pork chops ahead of time. In fact, doing so can allow the flavors to meld together more. Once stuffed, they can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before grilling. Just make sure to keep them properly covered or sealed to prevent any cross-contamination in the fridge.