It’s Easy Being Cheesy!

20140407-205623.jpgSweet Dreams Are Made Of Cheese…And Who Am I To Diss A Brie?
So this dream combines cheese and pork. Two good things. And to make it healthy we’ve got some of Popeye’s favorite- Spinach! Let’s get it started. Preheat your oven to 400°F.
Coat a 9×13 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Take some thick (I used 1 ½” thick) pork chops (bone-in or boneless) and lay them out on a cutting board. Cut a pocket in each chop with a sharp knife, leaving three sides intact. Stuff each chop with some spinach that has been torn into bite size pieces.

20140407-205726.jpgThen stuff each chop with some slices of Smoked Gouda Cheese.

20140407-205915.jpgThis is a great cheese for this recipe, not only because of the flavor it imparts, but it also melts but doesn’t run away. Make the chops easier to handle by using wooden toothpicks or skewers to keep the pockets closed.

20140407-210017.jpgCrush or grind some leftover croutons or use seasoned bread crumbs, whichever you have available at the moment.

20140407-210155.jpgCoat each of the chops with mustard of your choice, I used a sweet and spicy mustard. This helps the crumbs to stick.

20140407-210240.jpgRoll each mustard coated stuffed chop in the crumbs to coat and arrange in prepared 9×13 pan.

20140407-210719.jpgSpray each chop lightly with cooking spray and sprinkle on some of your favorite seasoning salt. I used “Slap Ya Mama” Cajun Seasoning. Bake for about 45 minutes until brown and crispy and internal temperature of pork has reached 150°F.

20140407-210841.jpgAllow to rest for a few minutes and enjoy.

20140407-210939.jpgTip: If you want extra juicy and flavorful pork, brine the chops for 6-8 hours before stuffing. You will be glad you did!
Cook. Eat. Repeat!


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