Thick cut seasoned pork chops filled with a savory bread stuffing and wrapped all up with smokey bacon. These juicy and tender Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Pork Chops may be baked in the oven or grilled out on the barbie!
I have to admit, I am really not much of a competitor. I am usually the type to just go with the flow. Whoever wins, then they deserve it.
Unless… it’s a food competition.
Then I am all over it!
Every year, we have our Big Little County Fair. We’re a teeny county. Remember, not one traffic light. But, peeps come all the way from Wyoming and Idaho to enter their pig or cow in this fair. It’s a pretty big deal around here.
But, so are the food competitions!
Every year there is a new theme. Last summer was Family Breakfast. Of course, I entered my Baked Eggs Napoleon with Hollandaise Sauce… and won!
The year before that, was a grilling competition.
This is where it got pretty serious. Justin and I were competing against each other… and 8 others. Although, if he or I won, we’d both take the prize home, right? That was pretty much our game plan.
Justin entered his slow cooked ribs. Problem was, the competition wasn’t 6 hours long. We had less than 2 hours from start to finish! So, needless to say, he bailed after his ribs were not going to win.
But I, on the other hand, went with my recipe I’m sharing with you today.
Yes, you’ve guessed it. I won over the judges with these Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Pork Chops!
So now, I’m going to show you how simple it is to take ordinary pork chops and turn them into award winning stuffed chops!
Start with the stuffing. I have to admit, it ‘s my favorite part!
This recipe is for 4 servings. But you can go ahead and adjust otherwise.
Slice 4 large pieces of bread. (French or sourdough are really good.)
Tear the slices into bite size pieces and place in a large mixing bowl. Set aside. (If you have enough time before hand, do this step in advance and allow the bread to dry a little.)
Chop the leek, onion, and celery stalk to about the same size. This allows all of them to cook evenly.
If you’ve never worked with leeks before, cut the root off first. Work your way up to the top with your knife. Stop chopping when the dark green tops are looking a little dry. Place the chopped pieces in a bowl of cold water. Move them around to loosen up all the dirt. Rinse in a colander. That is how you clean leeks.
Have a skillet warming up with a couple dabs of butter.
Put your cut vegetables and crushed garlic in the heated skillet to sauté. Add poultry seasoning, oregano, and salt & pepper, to taste.
Within 8-10 minutes, the veggies are tender.
The aroma is magnificent!
Put the sautéd onions, leeks, celery, and garlic into the bowl of torn bread.
Pour in the chicken stock or broth, half & half, and melted butter, all together.
Lightly stir it all together until combined and set aside.
Meanwhile, it’s time to cut the pork.
Cut the boneless pork loin into chops, each measuring about 2 inches thick.
By using a sharp paring knife, cut a little opening for the pocket on the very top of each cut chop. Make the slit only about 2 to 2 1/2 inches wide. (Depends upon your width of meat.) But make the pocket inside a little wider. Be careful as to not go all the way out the other side of the meat.
Stuff as much of the bread stuffing inside of the pocket.
Salt and pepper each side of the meat.
Now, depending on how wide your bacon slices are, you need one or two slices of bacon to fit over the peeking stuffing.
Tuck the ends of the bacon underneath the pork chop. See how easy that is? No need for those tooth picks!
Place the stuffed chops on a greased baking sheet about 2-3 inches apart, as so they may have their own little area to bake.
If you are grilling these babies, just place them on the rack in your preheated grill. OR use this *Gourmet Grillware Griddle that I have used here, straight on the grill! (This pan is easy to clean, by the way!)
Whichever you choose… baking or grilling,
…Be sure to cook these are 170 degrees. Use a meat thermometer and place in the middle of each pork chop.. It takes about 45 to 55 minutes in a preheated 400 degrees oven. Same as the grill. But remember, every grill (gas or charcoal) is different.
Allow the pork chops to rest for about 5 minutes before serving. This keeps all the juices still doing it’s thing.
- 4 thick slices of your favorite bread, about 2 inches thick
- 1 small yellow onion, chopped
- 1 celery stalk, chopped
- 1 leek, chopped and rinsed
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
- 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- salt & pepper, to taste
- 1/4 cup chicken stock or broth
- 1/4 cup half & half
- 2 pounds boneless pork loin
- 4-8 slices of uncooked bacon, depending how wide your bacon is. One or two slices per pork chop.
- Tear the bread slices into bite size pieces and place in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
- Heat a skillet to medium heat with 2 tablespoons of butter in it.
- Add the chopped vegetables and crushed garlic to the melted butter in the skillet to sauté. Stir in the poultry seasoning, oregano, and salt & pepper, to taste.
- When the vegetables are tender (8-10 minutes), place them in the bowl of bread pieces.
- Pour in the chicken stock or broth, half & half, and 3 tablespoons of melted butter. Lightly stir it all together until combined and set aside.
- Cut the boneless pork lion into chops, each measuring about 2 inches.
- By using a sharp paring knife, cut a little opening for the pocket on the very tops of each cut chop. Make the slit only about 2 to 2 1/2 inches wide. (Depends upon how wide the meat is.) But make the pocket inside a little wider. Be careful as to not go all the way out the other side of the meat.
- Stuff as much of the bread stuffing inside of the pork chop.
- Salt and pepper each side.
- Wrap and tuck the ends of the uncooked bacon underneath the pork chop.
- Place the stuffed chops on a greased baking sheet about 2-3 inches apart.
- Bake in a preheated 400 degrees oven for 45-55 minutes or until it is 170 degrees in the middle. Use a meat thermometer and place in the middle of each pork chop.
- Allow the meat to rest for about 5 minutes before serving!
- Instead of baking in the oven, try these on your grill! But remember, every gas and charcoal grill is different. Please adjust temperatures and time when cooking these pork chops on the grill. Know your grill! (=
Enjoy, my friends!
For another recipe involving bacon and pork, try this one!
*The Winner of the Gourmet Grilllware Giveaway I did last week is….
Itzia R.!!! Congratulations!
Thank you to ALL of you that entered the giveaway! Be sure to stay tuned for another fun giveaway coming SOON!Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Pork Chops are shared with: Cooking With Curls Weary Chef