Stuffed Pork Chops

Course : Cajun
Serves: 6
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1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
1/2 cup very fine bread crumbs
1 cup chicken stock
4 ounces diced green chilies
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 cup chopped green bell peppers
1 cup chopped onions
3/4 pound ground pork
6 chops pork chops 1 3/4 inch thick
---pork chop ingredients---
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon salt
---seasoning mix---
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons brown sugar
7 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 medium apples coarsely chopped

Preparation / Directions:

In a food processor or blender, process the apples, 4 Tablespoons of the butter, the sugar, vanilla and nutmeg until smooth, about 3 to 4 minutes. Set aside. In a small bowl thoroughly combine the seasoning mix ingredients; set aside. Prepare the pork chops by cutting a large pocket (to the bone) into the larger side of each chop to hold the stuffing. In a large skillet, brown the ground pork in the remaining 3 Tbsp. butter over high heat, about 3 minutes. Add the onions, bell peppers, garlic, and 2 Tbsp. of the seasoning mix, stirring well; cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally and scraping pan bottom well. Stir in the green chilies and their juice and continue cooking until mixture is well browned, about 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally and scraping the pan bottom as needed. Add the stock and cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the bread crumbs and cook about 2 minutes more, stirring constantly and scraping pan bottom as needed. Remove from heat. Sprinkle the remaining seasoning mix evenly on both sides of the chops and inside the pockets, pressing it in by hand. Prop chops with pocket side up in an ungreased 13x9-inch baking pan. Spoon about 1/4 cup stuffing into each pocket; reserve the remaining stuffing. Bake chops with pocket up at 400F until the meat is done, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Place the remaining stuffing in a small pan in the oven for the last 20 minutes to reheat. Serve immediately with each chop arranged on top of a portion of the remaining stuffing.

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