Apple Stuffed Pork Loin
This apple stuffed pork loin is loaded with cheesy, savory flavor! Cheddar cheese, red onion, and poultry seasoning come together for a comforting touch, with just a hint of sweet thanks to the added apple. Even better, this restaurant-worthy meal is on the table in thirty minutes.
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Apple Stuffed Pork Loin
This stuffed pork chops recipe can be made with pork loin or pork chops, as long as it’s boneless! Switch up your weeknight menu and serve these baked stuffed pork chops as a deceptively easy (and fast!) weeknight dinner the entire family will love.
Serve your apple stuffed pork chops with a Moroccan Carrot Salad and a Strawberry Spinach Salad for a hearty, complete meal.
Why You’ll Love Baked Stuffed Pork Chops
- Fast – This apple stuffed pork loin is on the table in 30 minutes, making it perfect for busy weeknights or surprise guests.
- Easy – Just 5 ingredients (plus butter for cooking) make this restaurant-worthy recipe for stuffed pork chops.
- Versatile – Use your favorite cut of pork and cook in a skillet or bake in the oven for a meal that fits your preferences.
How to Make This Recipe for Stuffed Pork Chops
Prepare the Stuffing
The stuffing for this stuffed pork chops recipe is so easy to put together. Just chop your red onion, shred the cheddar cheese, and peel and grate your apple. Then, mix together in a medium-sized bowl with the poultry seasoning, and it’s ready to go!
Flatten Pork Chops
If you are baking your pork chops, preheat your oven to 350F.
Flatten your pork chops to about 1/4″ thick.
Place the pork in a zip top bag (or between two pieces of parchment paper) and whack it with a heavy pan (a cast iron is perfect) until it’s thin. You can also set the pan on top while you prepare the stuffing, or flatten with a mallet or tenderizer.
You want the meat to be as thin as possible for quick, even cooking — as well as easy folding.
Stuff the Pork Chops
There are 2 ways you can choose to stuff your pork loin.
Option 1: Spoon about 1/4 of the stuffing mixture onto half of each pork chop. Fold the meat in half, then secure it with toothpicks.
Option 2: Spread stuffing mixture on top of one whole pork chop, stack another on top, then secure with toothpicks.
This option works best if your pork chops are too small to fold. Make sure your meat is very thin if using this method.
Cooking Options for This Stuffed Pork Chops Recipe
Pan Fried Pork Chops: Melt butter in the frying pan, add pork, and season with salt and pepper. Cover, reduce heat, and cook for 5-7 minutes on each side.
Baked Stuffed Pork Chops: Place pork on the prepared baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes.
I made six little ones and there was a lot of “stuffing” left over. So when I was done cooking up the chops, I tossed the stuffing onto the pan, heated it through, and topped the stuffed pork loins with the apple cheddar stuffing as a garnish.
Frequently Asked Questions About Apple Stuffed Pork Chops
Why is my stuffed pork chop tough?
Because pork chops are a lean cut, they’re easy to overcook. Overcooked pork becomes dried out, making it tough and chewy. You’ll notice this recipe for stuffed pork chops has a quick cook time to avoid that problem.
What are the best apples to choose for this stuffed pork chop recipe?
Sweeter, firmer apples that won’t get mushy complement pork well. I recommend Golden Delicious or Honeycrisp for these apple stuffed pork chops.
Do I need to flip the pork chops in the oven?
Flipping this apple stuffed pork loin is unnecessary, if you choose to bake it. Just be sure that your meat reaches and internal temp of 145 degrees F before removing it from the oven.
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Apple Stuffed Pork Loin
- 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 apple peeled and grated
- 1/2 red onion chopped
- 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
- 6 small pork loin chops
- 1 tbsp butter
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
- In a medium bowl, mix stuffing ingredients together. Set aside.
- If the pork loin chops are thick, you will want to flatten them for even cooking. To do this place one chop in a bag (or between parchment) and hit it with the cast iron pan until it’s thinner.
- Add roughly 1/4 of the stuffing mixture to each of the pork, fold in half and close with toothpicks.Or you can stack two pieces of pork on top of each other (if they’re small pieces) and close with toothpicks.
- Preheat a skillet on medium heat and add the butter. When the pan is hot, add the pork and season with salt and pepper.
- Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 5-7 mins on each side or until pork is cooked through.
This sounds mouthwatering Randa!
I also love the stuffing!
This looks perfect!