Cinnamon Raisin Bread Stuffed Pork Chops
- 4 thick boneless pork chops
- 8 slices of When Pigs Fly Cinnamon Raisin Sourdough Bread
- 1/2 cup chopped onions
- 1/2 cup chopped apples (any sweet variety like Gala or Honeycrisp)
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions, apples, and celery, and sauté until they soften and become fragrant, about 5 minutes.
Stir in the chopped nuts, dried thyme, salt, and pepper, and cook for another 2 minutes, combining all the flavors. Remove from heat and set aside.
Take each pork chop and make a horizontal slit along the side, creating a pocket for stuffing. Be careful not to cut all the way through.
Stuff each pork chop pocket with the sautéed mixture from the skillet. Press it in gently to ensure it's well-distributed.
Take two slices of When Pigs Fly cinnamon raisin bread and stack them together. Cut the bread into small cubes. Repeat with the remaining slices.
In the same skillet, heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the cubed When Pigs Fly cinnamon raisin bread and sauté until they become slightly crispy and toasted, about 3-4 minutes.
Carefully stuff each pork chop with the toasted When Pigs Fly cinnamon raisin bread cubes, pressing them gently into the pocket.
In a baking dish, pour the chicken or vegetable broth. Place the stuffed pork chops into the dish.
Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the pork chops are fully cooked (internal temperature reaches 145°F/63°C).
Remove the foil and continue baking for an additional 5 minutes to allow the bread to crisp up slightly.
Once done, take the pork chops out of the oven and let them rest for a few minutes.
Serve the with a side of steamed vegetables or a fresh salad for a delightful dinner!