Savory Baked Stuffed Pork chops are filled with hints of apples, mushrooms and creamy cheese. Easy Gourmet meal to make for weeknight entertaining. Perfect alternative to Thanksgiving turkey.
Preheat oven to 350°
Heat a cast iron pan to medium high. Melt one tablespoon butter in it. Once melted add apples, bread, mushrooms, sage, parsley and onion and sautée for 5 minutes until apples are softened and onions are translucent. Remove from pan and place in a bowl to cool.
Salt and pepper all sides of pork chops. Cut a 2 inch slit in side of pork chop to create a pocket. The slit will only be 2 inches at the incision but inside the pork chop you will create a large pocket to have the stuffing and goat cheese fit into. Remove skillet from stovetop, turn off burner but dont wash the pan. You will reuse the pan once you stuff the chops.
Divide goat cheese (or cream cheese) between all pork chops. Stuff the cheese all the way to the back of the pocket. Then divide stuffing mixture between all pork chops and stuff that in as well.
Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the same cast iron pan. Turn temp back on to high. Once sizzling sear all sides of pork chops until each side is golden brown. About 4 mins per side. You may need to do this in batches.
Place pork chops into an oven safe baking dish, and cover with foil. Bake for 30 minutes then remove the foil. Continue to bake until pork has reached an internal temperature of 145°. Allow the pork to rest for 10 mins after removing from the oven so allow the juices to reabsorb.