Yes my fellow carnivores, I’m cooking with meat this week!! I’m honestly just as excited as you are, I promise! So since I am doing this, it only seemed right that pork make an appearance. In case you didn’t know, I grew up on a hog farm and I would have been disowned if I didn’t love pork. It’s true! So when I saw this Cooking Light recipe show up in my inbox for Blue Cheese Stuffed Pork Chops with Pears, I couldn’t get them off of my mind.
I am a big fan of pork chops, I must say. Which of course isn’t surprising when you consider I grew up where I did. But I remember my mom making so many different varieties and every single one was as good as the last. So when I settled on this recipe I couldn’t wait to try it out. I mean how can pork plus cheese ever be a bad thing?? I really appreciate how lean pork is in general and what a great flavor it has
Can I make a confession? This was the first time I’d done any sort of stuffed meat dish where you’re cutting partway into the pork chop and stuffing it. So I was slightly nervous about how it would turn out. The thing was, I didn’t have anything to be nervous about…it was easy! Although I do recommend you sharpen your knife of choice beforehand, so you’re not hacking away at the meat.
So the first thing I did was cut a “pocket” in each pork chop. Just slowly ease the knife through the meat and carefully cut that pocket. The goal is that it will easily hold 2 tablespoons of blue cheese, so I tried to make the pockets a decent size. Also by having it be a a large pocket, it ensures that more bites will be oozing with cheesy goodness! Then stuff in the blue cheese and season both sides with salt and pepper. You’ll end up cooking the pork for about 3 minutes on each side in a hot pan.
When the pork is done cooking, just let it rest for a few minutes and saute some sliced pears in the same pan with a little butter and salt and voila, dinner is served. I loved how fast it all came together, and when the blue cheese oozes as you’re cutting into the chops, well…it’s a beautiful thing! I served mine with a small sweet potato and devoured! Talk about being a happy girl!
So you’ll most definitely need to do the following: Click here for the recipe, nutritional information, and step by step instructions. Go to the store and get the necessary ingredients ASAP and you’ll find that your stomach (and your loved ones) thank you immediately!2