Baked Stuffed Pork Chop

Baked Stuffed Pork ChopThis Baked Stuffed Pork Chop will be a surprise to friends and family. It’s pork chops stuffed with baby spinach and smoked Gouda cheese.

Gouda is the popular Dutch cheese that comes wrapped in bright red plastic.

The smoked variety is a full flavored cheese that will go well with many other dishes, so don’t worry about having some left over.

These pork chops are coated in a mixture of horseradish and mustard, and then crusted with panko breadcrumbs and oven-baked.

Panko are Japanese style crumbs made from dried white bread. They are lighter than regular breadcrumbs and get crispier, but you can certainly use day-old breadcrumbs for this recipe.

Gouda and Spinach Baked Stuffed Pork Chops

Ingredients

4 thick cut pork chops, about 6 ounces each
8 thin slices of smoked Gouda cheese
1/2 pound fresh baby spinach, cleaned
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 1/2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
Seasoning salt, such as Lowery’s
Cooking spray

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400F. Coat a 9 x 13 baking dish with the cooking spray.

Lay the pork chops on a cutting board and with the tip of a sharp knife, cut a pocket into each one. Make the opening for the pocket in the edge of the chop that is parallel to the bone running the length of the chop.

Stuff each pocket with 2 slices of the smoked Gouda and some of the baby spinach. Mix together the Dijon mustard and horseradish, and then spread a little of the mixture over both sides of each pork chop.

Dip the coated pork chops into the panko breadcrumbs and sprinkle them with some of the seasoning salt.

Layer the pork chops in the prepared baking dish and bake for 45 minutes, until they are browned and crispy. Serve hot.

Serves 4

Good To Know – You can use any firm cheese for the stuffing, such as Edam or gruyere. Cheeses such as cheddar or Swiss would melt too much and get runny.

On Your Own – You might want to spice up the pork chops a little with Cajun or blackening spices. Zatarains makes a Creole seasoning that goes really well on the pork chops.

On the other hand, if you’re not too fond of spiciness, you can eliminate the horseradish from the coating mixture and substitute mayonnaise.

Either way you’re going to fall in love with these Baked Stuffed Pork Chops.