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Stuffed Pork Chops with Cranberries

Stuffed Pork Chops with Cranberries

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Pork chops, baked or grilled, stuffed with cranberries and pine nuts, served with cranberry sauce.

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  • Calories:
  • 628 kcal
  • 31%
  • Fat:
  • 23.7 g
  • 36%
  • Carbs:
  • 40.3g
  • 13%
  • Protein:
  • 57.6 g
  • 115%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 147 mg
  • 49%
  • Sodium:
  • 1154 mg
  • 46%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. To prepare the cranberry filling: Soak 1 cup dried cranberries in the boiling water for 20 minutes. Drain the cranberries, reserving 1/4 cup of the water. Place the cranberries, reserved water, 2 tablespoons pine nuts, cinnamon, cloves, and 1 tablespoon brown sugar in a food processor. Process until finely chopped; set aside.
  2. Bring the chicken stock to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer until the chicken stock has reduced to half its original volume, about 15 minutes. Add the white wine, red wine, cranberry juice, and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar. Continue cooking until the sauce has reduced by half again, about 10 minutes. Keep warm.
  3. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  4. Cut a pocket into the side of each pork chop, about 3/4 of the way through. Stuff each pork chop with the dried cranberry mixture, then season on all sides with salt and pepper to taste. Heat the olive oil in a large, ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat until it begins to smoke. Cook the pork chops on one side until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn the pork chops over, and cook another few minutes until browned on the other side too.
  5. Pour 1 cup of the sauce into the skillet and bring to a simmer. Place the skillet in the preheated oven, and bake until the pork is no longer pink in the center, 8 to 10 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).
  6. To serve, place each pork chop onto a warmed dinner plate, and spoon the sauce from the skillet over top. Sprinkle the pork chops with 2 tablespoons dried cranberries and 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts for decoration. Serve with the remaining cranberry sauce.
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grneyedgem
27
1/24/2011

Ok. I made this wonderful dish without the sauce. I made the filling (cranberries, boiling water, cinnamon, cloves, brown sugar--I omitted pine nuts), and I'll tell you, in my personal opinion, that was enough sauce for the whole dish. It came out EXCELLENT. My momma couldn't stop talking about how delicious it was and I was just pleased as punch with the outcome. The sweet spiciness of the cranberries contrasted perfectly with the saltiness of the pork chop. Next time I will be sure to use less cloves--for they pack a powerful punch. Perhaps 1/4 tsp instead of half. Now, keep in mind even though I omitted the sauce I was only making two chops. So if you are cooking for four and choose to omit the sauce you MUST double the cranberry filling. When the pork chops finished cooking I made a small bed of the cranberry filling on a plate, laid the chop on it, and lastly dabbled a little cranberry filling on top of the pork chop. Now from my experience, the side I used was a twice baked stuffed potato--with sour cream, bacon, chives, and gouda. It contrasted PERFECTLY. Some of my potato mixed in with the cranberry filling and they were two perfect matches. Im serious about this people! I'm not gonna lead yall astray here! Lastly I had a side salad with a basic head of lettuce, all natural balsalmic vinagrette and homeade croutons. The salad, however you may choose to make it, added an outstanding crunch to the whole meal. I couldn't finish my plate and I was sad :(

Eric S
14
2/10/2011

Very time consuming recipe, but well worth it! I also only made two pork chops, but that worked out nicely because we enjoyed having more of the cranberry filling to put on top of the chops. I made the sauce but we really didn't use it, the next time I make these, which I will be for sure, I will not be making the sauce. It came out runny for me and did not add tons of flavor, so I will just leave it out next time. Overall, awesome recipe! I will definitely be making it again!

torianne87
13
2/16/2011

This meal was simple, experimental and exceptionally tastey! I used sage instead of cloves and that mixed perfectly with the flavor of the cranberry. It was lightly sweet, unlike the normal cranberry tanginess. In the future I might add in more pine nut, I feel that would take out some of the sweetness and add a more savory feel! I would absolutely recommend this recipe!!