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Pesto-Stuffed Pork Chops

Pesto-Stuffed Pork Chops

 

Chops For Stuffing

Use either bone-in or boneless chops to stuff as long as they are at least 1-1/4 inches thick. For thicker chops, extend the cooking time a few minutes.

 

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. For filling, in a small bowl stir together feta cheese, pesto, and pine nuts; set aside.

2. Trim fat from meat. Make a pocket in each chop by cutting horizontally from fat side almost to bone or opposite side. Spoon filling into pockets. Secure the openings with wooden toothpicks.

3. For rub, in a small bowl combine black pepper, oregano, crushed red pepper, thyme, and garlic. Rub evenly onto all sides of meat. Place chops on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until chops are 160 degrees F and juices run clear. Brush vinegar onto chops the last 5 minutes of baking. Discard toothpicks before serving.

Per chop: 415 cal., 20 g total fat 7 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat), 133 mg chol., 228 mg sodium, 3 g carbo., 0 g fiber, 52 g pro Exchanges: 7-1/2 Lean Meat

 

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