Pepita Pesto Stuffed Pork Chops

we had it with loaded parsnip mash

we had it with loaded parsnip mash

Remember last Friday’s teaser about what I was going to do with my pepita pesto recipe?

Well hey presto (or should that be ‘pesto’?), I shoved it inside a pork chop, seared it in a pan, finished it off in the oven until succulent and then pigged out.

(wow, the puns are flying today)

Try to get a nice thick chop for this one. I speak from experience when I say that it’s no fun grubbing around a thin, fleshy bit of meat trying desperately not to skewer through the skin.

yeah, there's no getting away from the fact that it's all a bit....fleshy

yeah, there’s no getting away from the fact that it’s all a bit….fleshy

If you know your butcher, you could always ask him (or her) to butterfly it for you in advance.

I don’t know my butcher since these chops came from the deep freeze at my local wholesalers so I had to go all stabby, but if I can do it, so can you.

use a couple of strategically placed toothpicks to keep it all together

use a couple of strategically placed toothpicks to keep it all together

Pepita Pesto Stuffed Pork Chops (serves 2)

  • 1 cup pepita pesto (I used the exact quantity you get with this recipe and that proved to be just right)
  • 2 pork chops, about an inch thick
  • 2 tbsps bacon fat, butter or coconut oil
  1. Butterfly the chops (make a vertical slit in the fleshy part so that a pocket is created).
  2. Pack the cavity with roughly 2 tbsps of pesto.
  3. Heat the fat in a frying pan. Carefully transfer the chops to the pan and sear for about 2-3 minutes on each side until brown.
  4. Remove from pan and place on a baking tray. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

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