Tuscan Stuffed Center Cut Pork Chops


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 sun-dried tomatoes, diced
  • 1 (10-ounce) bag of frozen spinach, thawed and excess watersqueezed out
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more forseasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) goat cheese
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 4 (4-ounce) center-cut pork chops
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 lemon, zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijonmustard


Warm the 1 tablespoonolive oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook untilfragrant, about 1 minute. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, salt, pepper,and thyme. Cook until combined, about 2 more minutes. Transfer the mixture to amedium bowl. Add the goat cheese and the cream cheese. Stir to combine and setaside.

Use a sharp knife to cut apocket into the thickest portion of the pork chop. Stuff each pocket with 1/4of the spinach and sun-dried tomato mixture and close the pork around thestuffing. Season the outside of the pork with salt and pepper.

In a small bowl combine thechicken broth, lemon zest, lemon juice, and mustard.

Warm the remaining 1 tablespoonolive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. When the pan is hotadd the pork. Cook until golden and cooked through, about 4 minutes per side.Transfer the pork to a side dish and tent with foil to keep warm. Add thechicken broth mixture to the skillet over medium-high heat. Scrape up the brownbits from the bottom of the pan as the chicken broth simmers. Reduce the brothby half to make a light sauce, about 8 minutes. Spoon some sauce over the porkbefore serving.

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