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)
Meat mallet / meat pounder / meat tenderizer
Step 1: Tenderize Pork Loin Steaks with meat mallet then cut “pocket”
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!
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
Try to stuff as much in as possible without them bursting the delicate meat “pocket”.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Sure looks like just another plate of ordinary pork chops, but slice them open and you’re in for a pleasant surprise! Enjoy :)
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