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Friday, February 17, 2012

Fig & Gorgonzola Stuffed Pork Chops

This is another one of those "come up with something to get rid of stuff" meals.  My pork chops were defrosting and I had some gorgonzola cheese to use up.  So, I immediately reached for the dried mission figs in my pantry (yep, you guessed it - Trader Joe's) and came up with one of the simplest dishes ever.  And the taste, well, is far from simple.

The amount of time needed in the skillet will vary, depending on the size of your pork chops.  As you'll see, there's no pan sauce here, and as long as you don't overcook your meat there's definitely no need for one.  They're juicy and delicious all on their own.

You could easily sub lots of things for the stuffing...it's all about what you have in the house.  Be creative! Just remember that you may need to add spices or other extras if your ingredients are more bland than what I used.  Mine were so powerful, I needed nothing else.

Fig & Gorgonzola Stuffed Pork Chops
2 thick boneless pork chops
extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
1/4 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
1/4 cup chopped dried mission figs

Slit pork chops horizontally through the middle, about 3/4 of the way through, creating a pocket.  Season both sides of chops with salt and pepper.  Mix figs and cheese together in a bowl, then divide mixture evenly among each chop.  Pack it in as far as you can to keep mixture from falling out.

Heat oil in a large pan over medium high heat.  Place chops in and leave on each side for approximately 5-7 minutes (time will vary depending on thickness).  DO NOT overcook!

Remove chops carefully from pan and serve immediately.

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At February 17, 2012 at 9:04 AM , Anonymous Nicole, RD said...

These sound soooo flavorful. I love the sweetness of fruit with that rich, bold flavor of cheese. Delicious!

At February 18, 2012 at 8:09 AM , Blogger Joanne said...

If any two things were ever meant for each other, it's figs and gorgonzola! What a delicious stuffing!

At February 18, 2012 at 6:02 PM , Blogger Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine said...

Drooling! <3

At February 18, 2012 at 6:27 PM , Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

What a fabulous meal. Great idea.

At April 11, 2012 at 10:52 AM , Anonymous Ammie said...

Thanks for the inspiration! I ended up using goat cheese and dried cranberries. Such a simple method, but such a flavorful dinner!


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