Courtesy of our friends at Star Clippers Cruise Line, enjoy this amazing recipe!
“Pork isn’t eaten on New Year’s Day only because it’s delicious—it is also thought to be good luck. Pork is considered good luck because it is so rich in fat, and the fat signifies prosperity. Some people eat pork on the first day of the year in the hopes it will bring a lucky and prosperous year, but any day is also lucky. And these stuffed pork chops are the perfect fusion of flavors.” -Star Clippers Cruise Line
- 4 pork chops
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary chopped
- 4 slices bacon chopped
- 1 large shallot chopped
- 1 apple peeled cored and sliced small
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 3/4 cup blue cheese crumbled
- Preheat Oven to 400F degrees
- Cut a pocket in each pork chop.
- Season each pork chop with salt, pepper and rub them with the rosemary. Set aside.
- In a large ovenproof skillet, cook bacon. (Keep 1 tbsp of bacon fat in the skillet; save 1 more tbsp for later; discard the rest.
- Add shallot and apple to the skillet; fry until apple softens; add garlic and continue cooking for another minute. Turn off heat, add blue cheese to skillet and stir.
- Spoon stuffing into each pork chop pocket.
- Add remaining bacon fat to skillet and heat.
- Place pork chops in skillet and cook on each side about 3 minutes per side.
- Place skillet in preheated oven and bake for 10-12 minutes (when chops reach temperature of 150°F in the thickest part of the chop).
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