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Spicy Cheese-Stuffed Pork Chops with Rice

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Spicy Cheese-Stuffed Pork Chops with Rice
  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 4
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Spicy Cheese-Stuffed Pork Chops with Rice

If you’re not stuffing your pork chops, this recipe will show you why you should! Best of all, your entire meal, from the chops to the salsa and the rice, is ready in just 30 minutes.

Ingredients

PORK CHOPS:

1/4
cup kosher salt
1/4
cup granulated sugar
4
bone-in, thick-cut pork chops (about 6-8 ounces each)
4
tablespoons olive oil, divided
2
cloves garlic, minced or grated
12
ounces fresh spinach
1
(4 ounce) can Old El Paso™ diced green chiles
1
cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
2
teaspoons dried oregano
Salt and pepper, to taste
Old El Paso™ Spanish rice, for serving (optional)

MANGO-POMAGRANATE SALSA:

1
cup mango, chopped
1
cup pomegranate arils
1
jalapeño, chopped and deseeded
1/4
cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Juice of one lime

Directions

  • 1 In a large bowl, dissolve the kosher salt and sugar in 3 cups warm water to create a brine.
  • 2 Insert a sharp paring knife into the curved side of each pork chop to make a deep pocket, about 2 inches wide. Soak the chops in the brine for 5-10 minutes.
  • 3 Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds to 1 minute, then toss in the fresh spinach. It will seem like a lot of spinach, but as it cooks it will shrink down. Lower the heat, cover and cook 3-5 minutes or until the spinach is wilted. Stir in the Old El Paso chopped green chilies and a pinch of salt and pepper. Continue to cook uncovered for a minute or two and then remove the spinach from the skillet.
  • 4 Remove the pork chops from the brine and pat dry. Stuff about 1/4 cup of cheese into the pocket of each pork chop, then stuff with the spinach mixture. Brush the pork chops with olive oil, sprinkle with the oregano and season with salt and pepper.
  • 5 Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the pork, turning once, until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Cover and cook over medium heat until no longer pink, about 5 to 7 minutes more.
  • 6 Mix salsa ingredients. Serve the pork over a bed of Old El Paso Spanish Rice with a scoop of mango salsa. Enjoy!
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Cheesy spinach stuffs these pork chops that are served over easy rice.

As prepared by Half Baked Harvest,

Need a quick on-the-go dinner? You got it.

So how do you feel about pork chops?

Up until a couple weeks ago, I had never cooked with pork CHOPS. I know, I know – and I call myself a food blogger? Yeah. I cook with pork all the time, but chops have never been in my repertoire.

So a couple of weeks ago the thought occurred to me that I should probably try my hand at a simple pork chop recipe. My mind swayed towards a seared Mexican, cheesy chop. How could you ever go wrong with a cheesy chop? 

The verdict? Seared pork chops are the best – a super quick and easy dinner. I love these!

Of course, it helps that each chop gets generously stuffed with a little pepper jack cheese and sautéed spinach. SO good. Feel free to use your favorite cheese: Cheddar, smoked gouda and even a blue cheese would all be awesome. 

I served my chops with some Old El Paso Spanish Rice and quick mango-pomegranate salsa to finish things off. It was the perfect 30-minute meal. Especially perfect for this holiday season (the busiest time of the year)! 

Here's how you make these chops.

 

Spicy Cheese-Stuffed Pork Chops with Rice

Gather up all your ingredients.

 

Spicy Cheese-Stuffed Pork Chops with Rice

Combine 3 cups warm water with the salt and sugar to make a brine. Whisk to combine.

 

Spicy Cheese-Stuffed Pork Chops with Rice

Insert a paring knife into the curved side of each pork chop to make a deep pocket, about 2 inches wide. 

 

Spicy Cheese-Stuffed Pork Chops with Rice

Soak the chops in the brine, about 5-10 minutes.

 

Spicy Cheese-Stuffed Pork Chops with Rice

Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons olive oil and the garlic. Cook 30 seconds to 1 minute, then toss in the fresh spinach. It will seem like a lot of spinach, but as it cooks it will shrink down.

Lower the heat, cover and cook 3-5 minutes or until the spinach is wilted. Stir in the Old El Paso chopped green chilies and a pinch of salt and pepper. Continue to cook uncovered for a minute or two, then remove the spinach from the skillet. 

 

Spicy Cheese-Stuffed Pork Chops with Rice

Remove the pork chops from the brine and pat dry.

 

Spicy Cheese-Stuffed Pork Chops with Rice

Stuff about 1/4 cup of cheese into the pocket of each pork chop, then stuff with the spinach mixture. Brush the pork chops with olive oil, sprinkle with the oregano and season with salt and pepper. Use a toothpick to close up the pocket.
 

 

Spicy Cheese-Stuffed Pork Chops with Rice

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the pork, turning once, until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Cover and cook over medium heat until no longer pink, about 5 to 7 minutes more. 

 

Spicy Cheese-Stuffed Pork Chops with Rice

Serve the pork over a bed of Old El Paso Spanish Rice and scoop of mango salsa if desired. Enjoy!

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