It was quite a bit of work to prepare these, but they are very tasty. I baked them at 425 for 25 minutes, since I didn't want to broil. I also added pine nuts to the filling, which I think was a really good touch. I sure would like to know an easy way to cut the pocket into the chops without breaking through to the other side!
Pork Chops Stuffed with Feta and Spinach
These Greek-inspired spinach- and feta cheese-stuffed pork chops have earned rave reviews from our users.
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- Calories: 232
- Calories from fat: 33%
- Fat: 8.6g
- Saturated fat: 3.4g
- Monounsaturated fat: 3.1g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 0.7g
- Protein: 32.1g
- Carbohydrate: 7.2g
- Fiber: 2.8g
- Cholesterol: 73mg
- Iron: 2.5mg
- Sodium: 640mg
- Calcium: 186mg
- Cooking spray
- 4 garlic cloves, minced and divided
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
- 5 sun-dried tomatoes, packed without oil, diced
- 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry
- 1/4 cup (1 ounce) crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese
- 3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) block-style fat-free cream cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
- 4 (4-ounce) boneless center-cut loin pork chops, trimmed
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- Preheat broiler.
- Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add 2 garlic cloves; sauté 1 minute. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, tomatoes, and spinach; sauté until moisture evaporates. Remove from heat; stir in cheeses and rind.
- Cut a horizontal slit through thickest portion of each pork chop to form a pocket. Stuff about 1/4 cup spinach mixture into each pocket. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper over pork. Arrange pork on the rack of a broiler pan or roasting pan coated with cooking spray; place rack in pan. Combine remaining 2 garlic cloves, juice, mustard, and oregano in a bowl; stir well. Brush half of mustard mixture over pork. Broil 6 minutes; turn pork. Brush remaining mixture over pork; broil 2 minutes or until done.
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