Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr
The anticipation was extreme, and I could hardly contain myself with excitement. On a Wednesday night mid February 1965, I was asked to come and help my mother; who at the time was the head of the church kitchen, manning the large plates of food rolled out to the monthly meeting of the "All Saints Men's Club". I was 9 years old, and to accompany my mother and be a helper at this important dinner was beyond part of my wildest dreams. These beautifully stuffed, double thick pork chops were so tender and juicy, coupled with the basic, but delicious aroma and spices of the stuffing; most of the "men" would ask to have two. My mother had planned for 50 men, so there were no coming back for seconds, but this recipe stayed at the pinnacle of the "Men's Club" menu for most of my adolescence, preparing this dish year after year. This is not a fancy dish; but it does fill up all empty spots in your stomach and is really perfect made for a few or a crowd. Very easy to put together and can be easily halved or doubled twice. When preparing this for my family now, we just split a chop and enjoy with a vegetable. Go ahead, stuff em' and eat them....and you don't even have to attend the "Men's Club".
- 6 double thick pork chops, bone in sliced with pocket (can be boneless)
- 7 slices bread (cubed or broken)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 stalks celery, chopped
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon water (optional if to dry)
- 1 teaspoon parsley (dried)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon sage (dried)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
- 1⁄4 cup water (or chicken, vegetable broth)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Wash and dry chops. If pocket is not pre cut, use a sharp knife to make a slit in the "fat" side of the chop, big enough for a generous scoop of stuffing.
- Salt and pepper inside and out of chops. Set aside.
- Cook onion and celery in butter about 5 minutes. If dry add 1 tablespoon of water.
- Add parsley, sage, salt, and pepper.
- Add parsley mixture to bread and mix thoroughly, adding water as necessary.
- Stuff chops, dividing stuffing evenly between the chops and secure with toothpicks.
- Stand on bone end and bake for 1 hour or until well done.
- Note: Depending on the size of your chops, sometimes I baste a bit with a bit of chicken broth with 1/2 teaspoon butter melted in it to prevent drying out.
These were sooo good. The only thing different I did was to brown the stuffed chops at high heat in my electric fry pan, then cover and cooked slowly until they were tender. (I don't currently have a oven.) The entire time they were cooking my 9 yr old granddaughter kept coming in and saying "Your dinner smells so good!" It was wonderful. The drippings were too good to waste so I made a nice sauce with them. Thanks Andi for a wonderful recipe.Made for Fall PAC 2011.
My women's club cookbook (collection of favorite recipes) has this recipe listed - except it adds a diced Macintosh apple to the stuffing mix. It is my favorite pork chop recipe, but I haven't made it in a while. Thanks for the reminder!
Excellent! The best pork chops ever. Used Farmers Wheat bread. Added extra chicken broth and stuffed 4 thick pork chops. Baked them in my cast iron skillet. Will make again. This one is a keeper.