Monday, May 24, 2010

Sausage & Apricot Stuffed Pork Chops

Ok, so it has been snowing all morning and it looks like a winter wonderland outside...what is wrong with this picture??? I'm just glad it's supposed to be nice the rest of the week or this would seriously be depressing! Since it's snowing, I thought I would post a yummy recipe that I made last week when it was nice, sunny and warm outside. These stuffed pork chops are so good and easy to make. I made a gravy to go with them (as you can see in the picture) but they honestly don't need it, they have enough flavor on their own. Yum! 
  
 Sausage and Apricot Stuffed Pork Chops
  • 8 thinly cut boneless pork loin chops
  • salt and pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chicken stock plus a splash, divided
  • 1 lb. sweet Italian sausage
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
preheat oven to 350 degrees. heat a large skillet over medium high heat. season both sides of pork chops with salt and pepper. add a couple tablespoons of olive oil to the hot skillet and cook pork chops until they start to caramelize on both sides, about 2 minutes. transfer pork chops to a 9x13 inch pan and add 1/2 cup of chicken stock to the pan. cover the pan loosely with foil and cook in the oven for 15-20 minutes while you make the stuffing.

return skillet to the stove and add a tablespoon of olive oil. add Italian sausage and brown. add celery and onions and cook for 3 minutes and then add in the apricots. cook for 2 more minutes and then add in the parsley, sage and 1/2 cup chicken stock. reduce heat and cook for 6 minutes. add a splash of chicken stock and heavy cream to moisten stuffing.

remove pork chops from the oven. to serve, place 4 pork chops on a platter or individual plates and mound with stuffing and then top with the remaining pork chops.

2 comments:

michelle said...

These look seriously good!

belle black said...

Val- this blog is fabulous! I just found it through your blog last week and seriously spent at least an hour just looking through all the recipes! (I have already made the Thai chicken wraps and they were delicious!) You are talented, girl!