Three Cheese Stuffed Pork Chops

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Bacon, cheese and pork chops. Need I say more?? Didn’t think so.

I was born and raised on a farm, so when my mom brought me a few juicy one-inch thick pork chops from home, I knew I had to find a stuffed pork chop recipe. I combined a few recipes and ultimately came up with this delicious entree!

My notes: I let the pork chops marinate in worcestershire sauce and one of my favorite rubs for a few hours before the cooking began. I set four of the 8-10 pieces of bacon aside and cooked the rest before making the cheese stuffing mixture (I didn’t use the cornbread stuffing mix). While I was browning the pork chops I coated the four uncooked pieces of bacon in a mixture of brown sugar and the rub I had used on the chops earlier, and wrapped them around the meat after it was done browning.

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 1” boneless pork chops
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 1/2 cup cheddar, shredded
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan, grated
  • 8-10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 package cornbread stuffing mix

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a large baking dish.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté the pork chops until golden brown, no more than 3 minutes per side.
  3. When the chops have cooled enough to handle, create a stuffing pocket by cutting a large slit along one side of each chop.
  4. Combine the cheeses, bacon, and cornbread in a large bowl and then stuff each pocket with the mixture. Secure each chop closed with toothpicks and place the chops in the prepared baking dish. Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until the chops reach an internal temperature of 160°F.
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Pizza Dip

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This dip is the best of both worlds – now you can enjoy pizza as an appetizer! I love dips. The only thing that would make this better is a little bit of bacon, because everyone knows that everything is better with bacon. What I like about this recipe is that you can pretty much use the basic “pizza” ingredients and add your favorite pizza toppings to satisfy your taste buds. I’d definitely add bacon. Shocker, I know. I don’t really have much else to say about this dip because, well, it’s a pizza dip and that’s just awesome!

Pizza Dip

A layered, hot cheesy dip with all of the great flavours of pizza including pizza sauce, cheese, pepperoni, olives and green peppers.

Ingredients
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
  • 2 ounces pepperoni, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons green pepper, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons black olives, sliced
Directions
  1. Mix the cream cheese, sour cream mayonnaise, mozzarella and parmigiano reggiano and spread it across the bottom of a pie plate.
  2. Spread the pizza sauce on top and sprinkle on the cheese, pepperoni, green pepper and olives.
  3. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until the sides are bubbling and the cheese cheese has melted and turned golden brown on top, about 20 minutes.

Sausage and Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

ImageSausage & Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

I made these poppers a few weeks ago and they were a hit! We ran out of mini sausages so we used ham instead and it was still delicious. You could probably substitute any meat in for the sausages, just don’t replace the bacon! Everything tastes better with bacon 🙂 We grilled the poppers for about 20 minutes and then broiled them for five. Next time I’ll cook them the way they were meant to be, with mini sausages and the smoker, I’m sure they will taste even better.

Author: Steve Cylka
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Smoked
Serves: 20 ABTs
Ingredients
  • 10 jalapeno peppers
  • 10 bacon slices, cut in half
  • 10 mini sausages or smokies (or 20 if they are very small)
  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 1 cup grated monterey jack
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder
  • 2 shallots, minced
Instructions
  1. Slice the jalapenos lengthwise. Using a spoon, remove the seeds and membrane. If using bell peppers, quarter them after they are seeded.
  2. Mix the cream cheese, monterey jack, chipotle powder and minced shallots. Fill the hollowed out portion of the peppers with the cheese mixture.
  3. Place the smokie on top of the cream cheese. Wrap the half slice of bacon around the jalapeno. If the bacon is not staying tightly wrapped, it may be necessary to use a toothpick to hold it in place.
  4. Smoke the ABTs in the smoker, set at 225F, for 2-3 hours, or until the bacon is browned
Notes
To cook on the grill: Cook on a medium heat grill until the jalapeno is tender and the bacon is browned. Keep the lid covered while cooking. To cook in the oven: Bake the ABT’s in the oven, set at 425F, for 20-30 minutes or until the bacon is browned.