Cut a horizontal slit through thickest portion of each pork chop to form a pocket. Stuff 2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese into each pocket. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper evenly over both sides of pork. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add pork to pan; sauté for 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove pork from pan, and let stand for 5 minutes.
Melt butter in pan; swirl to coat. Add pear; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Sauté 4 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Serve with pork.
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For as cheap, easy and tasty that this was I give it 5 stars. I love blue cheese and the pork chop+blue cheese+pear in one bite was so good. The only thing I did differently from the recipe was related to cooking the chops. I seared them over high heat, then transferred them to the oven at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes. It came out juicy and tender with the fat rendered nicely. This did melt the cheese a bit as another reviewer noted, but the blue cheese/pork fat sauce was still great. Topped with extra cheese. Damn good.
Very nice flavors in this recipe, and so easy and inexpensive to make with so few ingredients. I used a pork tenderloin that I cut up instead of pork chops, and it worked well. I used 2 pears, but could have used even more.
This was so quick and easy - It takes me always twice as long to make a recipe as the instructions say it will. But this one actually only took a few minutes to prepare. I used crumbled feta cheese instead of blue cheese (only because I already had it on hand and didn't want to spend another $5). It was wonderful with the feta and the pears were delicious. We served this with the following green bean recipe (all around delicious!!):
Solid dish. The sweet from the pears sets off the savory from the blue cheese nicely. I edited the recipe a little. I omitted the salt entirely. I seared the chops and then baked at 350 instead of pan frying (the filling will entirely melt and ooze out but that's how I like it). I mixed the sauteed pears in with some basmati rice, and added a little butter, pepper, blue cheese, and rosemary. I served the chops over wilted spinach sauteed in olive oil instead of with brussels. Husband said the dish was flavored too strong, but he's also asked me to make him plain white rice for dinner before (yes, white rice and nothing else)--he likes he food really bland. Easy weeknight meal with easy clean-up that would be suitable for company paired with a nice white wine :)
This meal was fantastic. My friend and I paired it with roasted brussels sprouts which was great with the blue cheese from the pork. But be careful not to flip the pork too much or you'll lose the cheese. 4 minutes on each side seemed to be best. I'll definitely be cooking this again!