Thursday, October 2, 2014

Pecan and Apple Stuffed Pork Chops with Apple Brandy Crockpot Recipe

Pecan and Apple Stuffed Pork Chops with Apple Brandy Crockpot Recipe

Ingredients needed:

* 4 thick-cut, bone-in pork loin chops
* 1 teaspoon of salt, divided
* 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper, divided
* 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
* 1/2 cup diced green apple
* 1/2 small onion, minced
* 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
* 1/2 cup apple brandy or brandy
* 2/3 cup cubed white bread
* 2 tablespoons chopped pecans
* 4 tablespoons frozen butter
* 1 cup of apple juice

Preparation steps:

* Coat crockpot with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. Rinse pork chops and pat dry. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat until hot. Sear pork chops about 2 minutes on both sides or until browned. Set aside.
* Add apple, onion, thyme, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper to hot skillet. Cook and stir for about 3 minutes or until onions are translucent. Remove from heat and pour in brandy. Return to heat and simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed. Stir in bread and pecans, and cook 1 minute longer.
* Cut each pork chop horizontally with sharp knife to form pocket. Place 1 tablespoon of butter into each pocket. Divide stuffing among pork chops. Arrange pork chops in crockpot, pocket side up.
* Pour apple juice around pork chops. Cover and cook on high for 1 1/2 hours or until pork is just tender.

(Serves 4)

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