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Sicilian Inspired Stuffed Pork Chops

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Ingredients

6 Pork loin chops thick cut
2 Cups Spinach Chopped from frozen
1 Garlic clove chopped for stuffing
3 Garlic cloves Sliced, for sauce
2 Tablespoons Pine nuts
2 Tablespoons Raisins
1/4 Cup Pecorino cheese grated
2 tablespoons Parsley Chopped
1/4 Cup Breadcrumbs
Red peperoncino flakes
Olive oil
Lemon zest
2 Oz Butter
1 Cup Chicken broth
2 Lemons Lemon Juice
1 Tablespoon Oregano

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Sicilian Inspired Stuffed Pork Chops

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Stuffed pork chops are a typical recipe from the province of Ragusa. It is a very rich and tasty dish, typically cooked during Sunday family gatherings.

There are many recipes for the stuffing – the meat is opened in a pocket and stuffed with sausage and cheese, or mixed minced meat (veal and pork), other times with a lighter stuffing such as vegetables and cheese (cheese can never be missing!).

Recipe and photo courtesy of Franco Di Palermo

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Steps

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Cut a good sized pocket into the chops, being careful, not to cut all the way through. Season with salt and pepper.

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Thaw spinach, retaining the water, and coarsely chop

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Into a mixing bowl, add spinach with retained water, minced garlic, raisins, pine nuts, peccorino, breadcrumbs, lemon zest, red pepper flakes, oregano,and half of the parsley.

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Stir until blended, season with salt and pepper to taste...add enough olive oil to make the ingredients slightly moist.

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Fill each pork chop pocket generously with the mixture. If necessary, use toothpicks to secure the filling in pockets.

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Add olive oil to skillet, medium high heat, and brown the chops on ( a few minutes) each side, and transfer to a plate.

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In same skillet, add lemon juice, stock, and sliced garlic, bring to simmer. Add pork chops back to pan, fitting them snugly together - cover pan, and bake in oven 350, for 30 to 35 minutes....careful not to overcook here, dry chops are the worst!

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Once cooked, remove chops, and place on serving dish/plate

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In the skillet, reduce down liquid, whisk in butter, adjust seasonings if necessary, pour juice over the pork chops.

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Garnish with remaining parsley, or oregano!

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