Apple Pecan Stuffed Pork Chops – It’s Time for Fall

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If you have been reading my blog for long, you will know how much I love this time of the year.  I love everything about fall – the cooler temperatures, the festive holidays and the wonderful tastes that seem to appear on my menus in autumn. This Apple Pecan Stuffed Pork Chops recipe is homey comfort food at its best!  The recipe is one of my 30 minute meals (actually 5 minutes over but those 5 minutes are worth it!)These Apple pecan stuffed pork chops welcome in fall in a super tasty way. Best of all, they are easy to make in about 30 minutes. #SmithfieldCares #ad

Apple Pecan Stuffed Pork Chops bring the flavors of fall to your table.

Apples and pecans are two of my favorite tastes for recipes in autumn.  I know how well these natural flavors will compliment the Smithfield All Natural Boneless Pork Chops for our dinner tonight. Smithfield all natural pork is naturally tender and juicy.  I love to cook with it, because it is made without steroids, hormones or artificial ingredients.  This all natural pork is high quality, and very easy to prepare.  It is versatile enough for easy weeknight cooking and also perfect for special occasions.Apple pecan stuffed pork chops

I also love that Smithfield is community focused, as well, so I use their products often. Right now, Smithfield and Walmart have a ‘Compassion for Community’ mission going on which focuses on heroes in our lives.  The hero in my life is my husband, Richard.  He is such a good friend to me, and helps me in more ways than I can count on an everyday basis.  He may not be a hero in the normal meaning of the word, but he is a big hero to me!  Richard personifies the three traits that this mission is looking for: Compassion, Care and Commitment.Apple pecan stuffed pork chops

Right now, my hero is putting together a small movable island for my kitchen so that I have more room to work when I am cooking my blog recipes.  I have a tiny kitchen, and this is going to be such a help in my life.  I can’t wait to start using it!Richard putting together a movable island for my kitchen

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This Apple Pecan Stuffed Pork Chops recipe is so unbelievably flavorful. I love to serve it with some baked cinnamon seasoned apple slices  to really pull the meal together in a comfort foodie fall way.Apple pecan stuffed pork chops

Fall is a busy time of the year for me. There seems to be so much going on during the week.  Having a meal like this that comes together in 30 minutes means that I can enjoy the fun things going on instead of spending a lot of time in the kitchen. But don’t let the ease of making this dish fool you.  It is also perfect for a weekend meal when you have friends over the the evening!

Ingredients for Apple pecan stuffed pork chops

Look at all those luscious fall ingredients!  I can’t wait to combine them all and sample the dish. I just know my hero is going to love it!

Let’s make the stuffing.

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The stuffing is a cinch to make.  I used a packaged cornbread stuffing mix and just added some butter and vegetable broth.  It doesn’t even need cooking.  Just boil the water and butter and add the stuffing mix! While the water boiled, I chopped my apples and celery.

chopped apples and celery with nuts and herbs

Once the stuffing is ready to mix up, it was just a matter of adding the herbs, nuts and chopped pecans and apples.  I also pounded my Smithfield All Natural Boneless Pork Chops to about 1/2″ thick and then folded them over and added the stuffing mix.  Then into the oven they went for about 25 minutes.  (A meat thermometer tells me when the temperature is just right.  NOTE: If you love your pork medium rare, you should cook it until an oven thermometer shows an internal temperature of 145 degrees (followed by a three-minute rest). If you like your pork a little more done, you can cook them to an internal temperature of 160 degrees.)

Stuffing mix for the pork chops

And the flavor of these Apple Pecan Stuffed Pork Chops?  TO DIE FOR!!  The stuffing is crunchy from the celery and pecans and has the sweetness from the apples. The flavors compliment the Smithfield All Natural Boneless Pork Chops beautifully.  I even had time to do some seasoned baked apple slices to go along with the meal. I just put my pork in for 10 minutes and added the apples for the last 15 minutes. PERFECTO!

Seasoned baked apple slices

One bite of these Apple Pecan Stuffed Pork Chops and you will know that your hero is going to be pleased as punchI guarantee you that he will be asking you to make it again soon!

Take a taste of these Apple pecan stuffed pork chops

Ready to make this Apple Pecan Stuffed Pork recipe? Head to your local Walmart and visit the fresh meat section for your Smithfield All Natural Bone-in Pork Chops, and then round up the other items in the produce aisle.  As an added bonus, Ibotta has a special offer:  You can save $1.00 on any Smithfield All Natural Pork variety (while supplies last).

Apple pecan stuffed pork chops

My recipe made more stuffing than I needed for my pork, but never fear…It also makes a great side dish for another meal.  After all…it’s fall and stuffing is always on the menu!

These Apple pecan stuffed pork chops welcome in fall in a super tasty way. Best of all, they are easy to make in about 30 minutes.

Don’t forget to use the Ibotta offer below. It will give you an extra savings on your Smithfield All Natural Fresh Pork Product on your next shopping trip.

Ibotta Smithfield pork offer

 If you would like to make this recipe for your family, head on over to Walmart and visit the fresh meat aisle and then visit their well stocked produce area.  I found my Smithfield All Natural Fresh Boneless Pork Chops on the top row of the pork section in the meat and poultry area of Walmart.

Store collage for the Apple pecan stuffed pork chops

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By the way, here is the finished kitchen island that my hero husband put together for me today. I can’t wait to put it to use!

Kitchen Island

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FApple Pecan Stuffed Pork - It's Time for Fall
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 package of Smithfield All Natural Boneless Pork Chops
  • 2 cups of cornbread stuffing
  • 1 cup of vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp of unsalted butter
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano
  • ¾ cup of chopped pecans
  • 1 stalk of celery finely chopped
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • For the Seasoned Baked apple slices
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced
  • ¼ cup of water mixed with 1½ tbsp of cornstarch
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • A dash of cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375-degrees.
  2. Boil the water and butter and then add the cornbread stuffing.
  3. While the water is boiling, dice the apples, pecans and celery. Place the cornbread stuffing mix in a bowl and add the minced fresh herbs and chopped apples, pecans and celery. Stir in the mixture and combine well.
  4. Place the Smithfield All Natural Boneless Pork Chops under a baggie and use a meat tenderizer to pound to ½" thick. Add some of the cornbread stuffing mix to one half, fold over and secure with a toothpick.
  5. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and season the outside of the pork with sea salt and cracked black pepper and place in the preheated oven for approximately 25 minutes until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees. Let the meat rest for about 3 minutes.
  6. NOTE: If you love your pork medium rare, you should cook it to an internal temperature of 145 degrees (followed by a three-minute rest). If you like your pork a little more done, you can cook them to an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
  7. To make the apples, place them in a baking dish, and add the water and cornstarch mixture. Stir in the brown sugar and sprinkle with cinnamon. Cook during the last 14 minutes in the oven with the stuffed pork chops.

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  2 comments for “Apple Pecan Stuffed Pork Chops – It’s Time for Fall

  1. 10/04/2016 at 11:05 am

    I love Fall, too! It’s definitely my favorite time of the year…from the colorful leaves to the arrival of comfort food, it’s just awesome! Speaking of comfort food, these stuffed pork chops sound amazing! I love the addition of both apples and pecans! Thanks for sharing, and give Richard a high five for building that cart! #client

    • Carol
      10/04/2016 at 12:58 pm

      He’s redoing my pantry right now. Time to make him another tasty meal! Carol

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