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Smothered Stuffed Pork Chops

Not only are these tender pork chops slathered in creamy gravy, but they're stuffed with bacon and wild rice too.

Ingredients

  • For the stuffing:
  • Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of sweet onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup of carrots, diced
  • 1/4 cup of celery, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon of fresh thyme
  • 1 cup of wild rice
  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 cooked bacon slices, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup of walnuts, chopped
  • For the pork:
  • 2 bone-in, 1-inch-thick pork chops
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Flour, for dredging
  • For the gravy:
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Steps

  1. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a pot. Add onion, carrot and celery then cook until softened. Add thyme and rice, then stir and cook for another minute. Add chicken broth, water, salt and pepper. Stir well, cover, and cook for 30 to 35 minutes or until the grains are tender. Mix in crumbled bacon and walnuts. Fluff with a fork and set aside.
  2. Carefully cut a slit in each pork chop. Place some stuffing into each pork chop cavity, and pack it in well. Season the outside with cayenne, salt and pepper. Dredge to fully coat in flour.
  3. Heat a drizzle of oil in a skillet on medium-high. Brown pork chops on all sides. Set aside.
  4. In the same skillet, melt butter and whisk in flour. When the roux turns slightly brown, gradually pour in chicken broth while whisking. Occasionally stir until thickened. Add heavy cream, salt and pepper. Stir well and allow to thicken again.
  5. Place pork chops back in the gravy, spoon it over the top, cover and cook for another 10 minutes.