Goat Cheese Stuffed Pork Chops

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Total Time
40mins
Prep
10 mins
Cook
30 mins

An original recipe combining a subtle combination of delicate flavors into a surprising richness.

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Ingredients

Nutrition
  • 2 center-cut pork chops (thick cut bone in. 1 -1/2 to 2 inches thick)
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, divided (Lively Run is very nice)
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 14 cup celery, chopped fine
  • 14 cup red onion, chopped fine
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 3 teaspoons oil
  • 12 cup white wine (semi-dry. A good Riesling. Don't cook with what you wouldn't drink!)
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. heat 2 oil and butter over medium-high heat in a skillet.
  2. insert paring knife into chop at end away from bone & open a 2 inch hole almost to bone.
  3. Work knife back & forth until the pocket is almost the full size of chop. Set aside.
  4. Saute celery in melted oil/butter mixture for 3-4 minute. Add chopped onion and saute for 5-6 minutes more.
  5. Remove onions & celery with slotted spoon, reserving as much oil/butter combination as possible. Remove skillet from heat.
  6. Mix 1/2 of the goat cheese and the stripped leaves from 2 sprigs of the thyme with the celery & onion in a bowl & allow cheese to slightly melt from the heat of the vegetables.
  7. When mixture is cool enough to work with (3-5 minutes) divide stuffing evenly and stuff chops. Do not be afraid of over stuffing. Season both sides with salt & pepper.
  8. Return skillet to a medium-high heat and bring to temperature.
  9. Sear stuffed chops, turning once until browned on each side. About 2-3 minutes per side.
  10. Once chops are browned add the 1/2 cup of wine (adjust as necessary. the liquid should reach 1/2 way up the sides of the chops) and the remaining sprig of thyme.
  11. Immediately reduce heat to a simmer and cover.
  12. Cook at simmer 30 minutes or until internal temp is 160.
  13. Once chops are done, remove & keep warm.
  14. Discard thyme sprig.
  15. Increase heat to high & add remaining goat cheese.
  16. Stir pan sauce constantly until reduced by half.
  17. Plate with kluski or egg noodles & green beans. Pour a generous amount of sauce over chops and reserve the rest for you and your partner.