Pork Chops with Pesto Stuffing

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Quick Facts

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 45 min.
Total: 1 hr. 5 min.

Ingredients

  • 4 pork rib chops, cut 1-1/4 inches thick
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbs pine nuts
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 3-4 slices white bread, lightly toasted and torn into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2 Tbs water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • With a sharp knife cut opening in the rib side of each chop. Insert knife in each opening and cut a pocket without cutting through to other side of chop. Set chops aside.
  • Place basil, parsley, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts and garlic in blender container or food processor bowl. Blend or process about 30 seconds or until finely chopped. With blender or food processor running, add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Transfer mixture to a small bowl; stir in bread pieces. Sprinkle water over bread mixture, tossing lightly to combine.
  • Spoon about 1/2 cup stuffing mixture into each chop. In a large skillet, brown chops on each side in the remaining hot oil. Place chops in a large baking dish; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree F. oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until tender.
Recipe courtesy of the National Pork Board

Nutrition Facts

Calories 327
  Calories from Fat 183 (56%)
(32%)Total Fat 21g
(23%)Saturated Fat 5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
(18%)Cholesterol 53mg
(11%)Sodium 265mg
(13%)Potassium 463mg
Total Carbohydrate 11g
(4%)Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 1g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(47%)Protein 24g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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