Step-By-Step Recipe: Oven Baked Stuffed Pork Chop with Sour Cream & Parsley

553139_559352600764703_803804402_n

Pork chops are delicious. They’re relatively easy to make and hard to go wrong with – Almost everything seems to go well with a slab of juicy pork loin steak… But that’s also the problem. It gets boring making pork chops after a few times. If you, like me, have run out of creativity experimenting with different marinades and sauces for a basic pork chop, why not try stuffing these thick meat slabs with something, anything? It makes the humble pork chop infinitely more interesting and doubly delicious! :)

——————————————————————————————————————–

Ingredients for Baked Stuffed Pork Chops with Sour Cream & Parsley: Serves 2

For the Pork Chops
2 Pork Loin Steaks, approx 250g each
Cornstarch, to coat

For the Sour Cream & Parsley Stuffing (prepare ahead)
Bunch of Curly-leaf Parsley, chopped with stems on
Bunch of Flat-leaf Parsley, chopped with stems on
2 tablespoons Sour Cream
Salt, a dash
Ground Black Pepper, a dash

For the Sour Cream Sauce (to bake)
100ml Sour Cream
1 tablespoon Mild Olive Oil
1 tablespoon Cider, Sherry or White Wine (Optional)

Special Equipment
Meat mallet / meat pounder / meat tenderizer
Toothpicks

——————————————————————————————————————–

Step 1: Tenderize Pork Loin Steaks with meat mallet then cut “pocket”

547291_559352074098089_389258012_n

Remove the bones attached to the steaks prior to the hitting, if the steaks come with bone. We tenderized the pork loin steaks by hitting them with a meat mallet. The meat mallet is also effective in even-ing out the thickness of the thick meat slabs, so that during the cooking process the whole slab of meat cooks at the same time, avoiding dryness in the thinner parts. Just be careful not to over-pound in case the meat becomes… mince!

13851_559352284098068_950312883_n

Using a sharp fillet knife, cut open a “flap” or “pocket”, taking care to make sure the two sides of the flap are as even as possible. If one side is too thin it will make the stuffing very difficult later!

Step 2: Stuff pork loin steaks with pre-prepared herbs or other stuffing

523532_559352327431397_731715873_n

Pretty like a pocket, ready to be stuffed with goodies!
3586_559352360764727_199004231_n

Try to stuff as much in as possible without them bursting the delicate meat “pocket”.

164257_559352400764723_1691130591_n

Using toothpicks, sew and seam the stuffed loin chops together.67502_559352464098050_91281150_n

The end result should look like this. A neat pocket that isn’t too fat. It would also be best to ensure that the ends of the toothpicks don’t protrude much.

Step 3: Dry and coat loin chops, then brown them in a pan

544808_559352487431381_608487145_n

The pork loin steaks would be wet from the stuffing sauce or liquid, so dry them with a kitchen towel. This makes it easier for the browning later. Coat with a thin layer of corn starch for a little crisp on the pork chops.

562040_559352514098045_956235411_n

At medium heat, pan fry the pork loin chops in cooking oil, stopping when they are slightly brown like this. This should take an approximate 5-12 minutes depending on the thickness of your chops. This step helps to seal in the juices when the chops are baking in the oven, and and also imparts a lovely pan-fried flavour to the meat.

Step 4: Bake with sour cream, olive oil and cooking alcohol

558073_559352537431376_1578532703_n

Liberally slap a thick layer of sour cream atop the pork chops. Also add your tablespoon of olive oil and a little cooking alcohol (white wine, cider or sherry) if you desire. The alcohol will give it a little jazz. In a pre-heated oven, bake at 200 degrees Celsius for 15-20 minutes.77132_559352564098040_72724831_n

Tada! Doesn’t this look like a cheese baked dish? Thankfully, the sour cream is rich and tangy enough like a cheese but isn’t as calorific! It also tenderizes the pork making the meat more moist and tender.553139_559352600764703_803804402_n

Sure looks like just another plate of ordinary pork chops, but slice them open and you’re in for a pleasant surprise! Enjoy :)

Posted by #phangchewfat

Advertisements
Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: