Goat Cheese Stuffed Pork Chops

Recipe by tonyp063
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READY IN: 40mins
SERVES: 2
UNITS: US

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
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DIRECTIONS

  • heat 2 oil and butter over medium-high heat in a skillet.
  • insert paring knife into chop at end away from bone & open a 2 inch hole almost to bone.
  • Work knife back & forth until the pocket is almost the full size of chop. Set aside.
  • Saute celery in melted oil/butter mixture for 3-4 minute. Add chopped onion and saute for 5-6 minutes more.
  • Remove onions & celery with slotted spoon, reserving as much oil/butter combination as possible. Remove skillet from heat.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Return skillet to a medium-high heat and bring to temperature.
  • Sear stuffed chops, turning once until browned on each side. About 2-3 minutes per side.
  • 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.
  • Immediately reduce heat to a simmer and cover.
  • Cook at simmer 30 minutes or until internal temp is 160.
  • Once chops are done, remove & keep warm.
  • Discard thyme sprig.
  • Increase heat to high & add remaining goat cheese.
  • Stir pan sauce constantly until reduced by half.
  • 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.
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