Shake and Bake Cheesy Stuffed Pork Chops
"It's Shake and Bake and we helped." Who remembers that commercial?
I did not use shake and bake and nor did I get any help from the teenagers but this is one delicious lip smacking meal. Thick bone in pork chops stuffed with brown rice, fresh spinach, bacon and melty cheese and then dipped in seasoned panko breadcrumbs and baked to perfection.
I, the gluten free and lactose free girl, made my stuffed pork chop with a delightful rice, mushroom and vegetable stuffing without cheese and I did not use any panko breading but instead made a mushroom shallot wine sauce that made this dish divine. I did not bake my gluten free pork chop but instead cooked it on top of the stove with a little bit of olive oil over low heat, for about 12 minutes, and set aside to keep warm. Then, I removed the pork chop from the pan, added a few chopped shallots and sautéed until tender and then deglazed the pan with a little wine to get all those lovely tasty bits off the bottom of the pan. I then spooned over the gluten free and lactose free stuffed pork chop with a little of the shallot wine sauce. Oh my... my... my... this dish was just gorgeous. I did not miss for one second the crispy panko bread crumbs or the oozy gooey cheesy stuffing that my teenagers were raving about.
As you know dealing with food intolerances and picky teenagers in the same household can be quite the challenge. However, I found a way to make the same meal for all of us and make everyone happy. For my picky teenagers, I swapped out mozzarella cheese for the feta cheese and they were happy campers. For the other adults, I used feta cheese in the stuffing as this really make a nice combination with the spinach but if you want a real melty cheese then adding in a little mozzarella cheese is perfect.
Once again, you do not have to use the exact ingredients as I did to make this easy meal. Take a look inside of your refrigerator to get some inspiration. Maybe you want to swap out the vegetables for a little broccoli or swiss chard instead. Go for it. Maybe you want to try a little gruyere cheese instead of feta or mozzarella, by all means use what you like and have on hand. If you do no like rosemary, then try using some fresh basil or thyme instead.
The only suggestion is to help to ensure that your pork chops are moist and delicious is not to overcook them. Many people think that they have to cook pork past the incinerate mark to make sure that even the most conservative cook will be happy that the pork well done. This is the very reason why your family members are going to be pulling out the hot sauce , ketchup, HP sauce to try to bring some moisture and life back into the dish or just give up and feed the pork to the dog under the table. Really it will be okay. According to the new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines, pork chops, roasts and tenderloins can be safely cooked to medium rare at a final internal cooked temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit as measured by a food thermometer, followed by a three-minute rest time. However, since we have a "stuffed pork chop" we are going to take that to 155 degrees F.
First pan frying them on the stove top gives the panko bread crumbs a very delicious crunch and golden colour. Only a couple of minutes on each side just to give them colour. . Please use a thermometer to check your pork chops. Do not let them go over 155 degrees F. Once you remove the pork chops and leave them set covered with aluminium for about 5 minutes then the temperature will continue to rise.
For me weekday meals need to come together in around 30 minutes, including prep and cleanup, or less or I'm just not going to take it on. If you have leftover rice, this meal is a snap to prepare. This dish goes perfect along slide a vegetable and a nice spring salad.
Speaking of spring, we have had the third straight week of no sun, high humidity and heavy smog in Hong Kong and I needed something to brighten my day. Have you ever heard of green exercise? Green exercise is getting outside every day whether that be as a walk, run, bike, tai qi and taking a moment to look at your green surroundings. Did you know that if you walk outside and see greenery for as little as 5 minutes that it can have a huge positive impact on your mental and physical health? Scientists have done studies and people that exercise inside instead of outside score lower on the happiness targets.
They say that people who can see both a blue sky and a blue lake/ocean whilst and lots of green floral and fauna then they exercise score even higher on the happiness charts.
I know that we have all been cooped indoors over the winter, wearing dark and drab clothes and hoping for spring to arrive. However, even if you cannot see green under all those feet of dirty snow then at least look up at the blue sky, that has to count, right?
There is absolutley zero sunshine in Hong Kong today but lots of green folage so I am out there today walking my little Buddy hoping that our little walk brings us closer to the high happiness targets.
Oh and look it is a gigantic shamrock! They must put lots of nitrates down in the soil for the weeds to grow this big.
Happy St. Patty's Day!
Shake and Bake Cheesy Stuffed Pork Chops
March 17, 2014
Thick bone in pork chops stuffed with brown rice, fresh spinach, bacon and melty cheese and then dipped in seasoned pank0 breadcrumbs and baked to perfection.
- Cook: 30 mins
- Yields: 4 Adults or 1 Hungry Teenager
Shake and Bake Crust
1Preheat oven to 375 degree F. or 190 C.
2In a medium frying pan or wok, cook the bacon, celery and onion together until slightly golden and aromatic. (There is no need to add oil because of the bacon but if your bacon is really lean you may need to add a tablespoon of olive oil.) Add the garlic and rosemary and fry one minute until aromatic. Then add your cooked rice and stir to coat well. Add your spinach and stir and cook for about 1 minute just until wilted. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove from burner and add cheese. Set aside.
3Cut your center cut pork chops lengthwise to create a large pocket. Be careful not to puncture the pork chop all the way through. Season pork chop both sides and in the pocket with salt and pepper. Stuff each of the pork chops with the cheesy rice mixture. Close edges with tooth picks.
4Make your shake and bake panko bread crumb mixture: On a plate mix panko bread crumbs, herbs de provence, garlic powder and slat and pepper and set aside.
5Dip each stuffed pork chip into the beaten egg on both sides. Then dip each stuffed pork chop into your homemade shake and bake panko bread crumb mixture. Shake off excess.
6In a frying pan, add olive oil and fry stuffed shake and baked pork chops over medium heat on both sides just a minute or two until slightly golden brown. Transfer pork chops to a greased baking sheet and bake uncovered for about 15-20 minutes or the internal temperature is about 155 degrees. Remove stuffed pork chops from oven and let rest for about 5 minutes under aluminum foil. Remove toothpicks.
7Serve Shake and Bake Cheesy Stuffed Pork Chops with a side of veggie and a nice tossed salad. Enjoy!