A healthy dinner can be prepared with less than 5 ingredients, you won’t believe the flavor and juiciness of these kale stuffed pork chops. This recipe was picked as a winner of the recipe contest on the Ohio Hog Farmers Facebook page. When you read it below, you will know why it won.
Pork chops are a versatile, easy cut of meat to prepare. If your chops are too dry, don’t be afraid to try again. Shave off a few minutes from the cooking time – seriously it is ok! In fact, if you use your meat thermometer and it reads at least 145 degree F, it is safe to eat. That pink blush in the middle is what you want to see, it means the meat is tender and moist. Keep that thermometer handy, it will make all the difference.
Another note: You will be cutting the chops into pockets to stuff them. So pick out thicker loin chops from the market. Also, cut the pocket on the opposite end of the fat. If you are worried about the fat, cut it off after cooking. That fat plays an important role in the cooking process, you don’t want to cook without it, trust me!
When you check the temperature with your meat thermometer, it is fine to put it in straight down, but a better way is to find the thickest part of the meat and put your thermometer in at an angle. If it says 145, the middle will have a tiny blush of pink, you are ready to enjoy the juiciest stuffed chops you’ve ever had!
Ok, now onto the recipe!
Pork Loin Chops
De-stemmed Kale leaves
2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Cut a pocket into the loin chops. Do not cut all the way through, you want a pocket, not two skinny chops.
- Cook the bacon until it is crisp, remove from skillet.
- Leave the bacon drippings in your skillet, place the de-stemmed kale leaves in the skillet.
- Add vinegar to the skillet (medium heat)
- Once kale is sautéed, remove from heat.
- Mix Kale and crumbled bacon in a bowl.
- Stuff those chops with the amazing Kale bacon mixture.
- Place the stuff chops to the skillet
- Sear both sides, to seal in the juicy flavor.
- Transfer to a baking dish
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, checking the temperature.
- Once chops reach 145 degrees Fahrenheit, they are perfectly cooked!
This video shows you step-by-step how to prepare this easy meal. If you still aren’t sure how to use your meat thermometer (don’t feel bad, took me awhile too!) this video has an excellent visual guide.
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