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2.18.2010

Cabbage and Apple Stuffed Pork Chops

For my husbands birthday I really wanted to make him something he had never had before and it needed to be slightly special to make up for the fact that his present was a cement mixer that I didn't actually have yet. Tucked away in the freezer I had some lovely pork loin chops, cut thick, with a pocket for stuffing, perfect for those oops I forgot to BUY your present moments.
As the day waned and the chops thawed, my mind picked up on the fact that I had no stuffing materials, no bread crumbs, no cornbread, no croutons, nothing. Haha insert nervous laughter here. I completely freaked out remained calm and surveyed the contents of the fridge, freezer and pantry. It was going to have to be avant-garde stuffing. All I could come up with was cabbage and apples, damn if they didn't turn out tasty! Even my 2 little boys who try to be vegetarians LOVED them so I know they are a winner.

Cabbage and Apple Stuffed Pork Chops

7-8 thick cut loin pork chops with a pocket for stuffing
1/2 a tart apple, peel on chopped in bite size pieces
1/2 cup of sliced cabbage
3 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup cracker crumbs or cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic granules
3 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons Italian spices

 pat the pork chops dry
mix the apple and cabbage together
stuff each pork chop with the cabbage and apples
divide it so the stuffing works out evenly
melt the butter
mix all the ingredients in red together in a pie pan
gently dip a pork chop in the melted butter on both sides, use your hand to spread it around
then dip into the crumbs then place on a baking sheet
repeat until all chops are done
bake in a 375˚ oven for 35-45 minutes until done
run it under the broiler for 3-4 minutes to brown the crust a bit

I served this with roasted cauliflower, fresh bread, green beans and brownies for the birthday boy.

I am linking this up with Dinner at Christina's for the start of her Friday Firsts. All you need to do is write about something you did this week for the first time! Did you use a rice steamer, try a new restaurant, buy new ingredients? Well Christina wants to know! So link up and check out what everybody else tried this week.
Friday Firsts / DinnerAtChristinas.com





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10 comments :

  1. I am not a fan of pork.. But my husband would love this.. I loved seeing my Grandma's picture on your side bar today.. Have a great weekend.

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  2. Its a good thing you remained calm. LOL and ;)

    Cabbage, apples and pork are a winning combination to be sure. A classic! Lovely spices in this dish as well. And, I'm excited to try this because its actually pretty South Beach friendly ... not that I'm on a diet or anything. ;)

    But seriously, love that you've made a stuffing without bread and will definitely steal this one from you, Laura. Thanks!

    Belated happy birthday wishes to your hubby!

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  3. Holy smokes, these look KILLER! I'm always so nervous about cooking pork b/c once it gets dried out I hate it - but I bet the cabbage and apple kept these juicy! I've gotta give something like this a try!

    And THANK YOU again for being the FIRST First Fridayer!! :) Great recipe to feature!

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  4. Apple and pork chops. Haven't tried that combination yet. But I'm sure it tastes great.

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  5. Very yummy sounding combination, nice save :)

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  6. Wow my dear, looks Amazing. Soon we'll take Amy over to the dark side of pork ... LOL

    That picture is just too yummy!!!

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  7. Now that's a stuffing I would never have come up with in a million years. Very creative!

    And happy birthday to your husband (a cement mixer? Do share)

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  8. Oh the pork chops look delicious!! I've never had any stuffed pork chops but it sounds great!

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  9. Yum! This combination of flavors sounds terrific. Thanks for posting it.

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  10. I love Cabbage and Apples together and they both go great with pork. Sounds awesome.

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