Apple Stuffed Pork Chops with Herbed Gravy

A peppery gravy with aromatic herbs adds the finishing touch to succulent Apple Stuffed Pork Chops.

White plate of baked pork chops stuffed with an apple stuffing and topped with an herbed pepper gravy!

This is one fantastic meal!

Stuffed Pork Chops

I’ve always loved a good stuffed pork chop. Years ago, my mom cooked stuffed pork chops every year for our Christmas dinner. And we inhaled them.

Guess what? My own kids feel similarly about stuffed pork chops. We all inhaled this apple version too. The peppery, herbed gravy just completely finishes this dinner.

The balance of sweet and savory in this dinner is perfect. With a little kick from the pepper in the herbed gravy, I can’t imagine anything more satisfying than these oven baked pork chops!

Baked Pork Chops with Apple Stuffing

This baked pork chops recipe takes a little bit more effort than many of my weeknight dinner recipes. While it’s not difficult, and 100% worth it, I like to save it for weekend meals or holidays.

Despite the number of steps in the recipe, you actually only use ONE PAN! By using an oven safe skillet (such as cast iron) you can brown and bake the pork in the same skillet, then remove the pork and make the gravy in there too!

Like the name suggests, these oven baked pork chops are stuffed with a flavorful blend of apples, onions and herbs before being pan seared then finished in the oven.

The finishing touch to stuffed pork chops is a heavenly gravy made from the juices left over from browning the meat. Some heavy cream, black pepper and poultry seasoning turn it into a gravy so good, you might be tempted to drink it with a straw.

(For the record: please don’t drink your gravy with a straw. Save it for the pork chops–you won’t be sorry!)

We made some ROASTED BROCCOLI to round out the meal but these chops go well with just about any side dish! Mashed Potatoes would be a delicious pairing for stuffed pork chops too.

How long to cook stuffed pork chops

These oven baked stuffed pork chops cook in two steps:

  1. Brown on the stove for 3 minutes per side
  2. Baked in the oven for 30 minutes covered
  3. Bake another 30 minutes uncovered

The exact cooking time depends on several factors, including the size of your stuffed pork chops and how accurate your oven reads. Your pork chops are finished cooking when the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.

If you’ve never had stuffed pork chops before, you’re in for a treat! I like pork chops but I am HEAD OVER HEELS for this stuffed version, especially with a hearty amount of gravy ladled over top.

Apple Stuffed Pork Chops Recipe

This recipe comes in three parts: the apple stuffing, the pork and the gravy.

To make the apple stuffing you need:

  • Apples I used apples from a Crunchpak that were already chopped and peeled. If using whole apples, peel them, core them and chop into bite sized pieces.
  • Yellow onion – Diced
  • Celery Chopped into bite sized pieces
  • Bread cubes
  • Melted butter
  • Poultry seasoning
  • Salt and pepper

For the apple stuffing, combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Now, it’s time to stuff the pork chops!

For the stuffed pork chops, you need:

  • Apple stuffing – Everything you just mixed together above
  • Boneless pork chops
  • Olive oil

How to make stuffed pork chops {oven baked pork chops}

STEP 1. Cut a large pocket in each pork chop by making a horizontal cut through the meat. Press a large spoonful of stuffing into each pocket, really PRESS it in there until all stuffing and pork chops are done.

STEP 2. In a large oven safe skillet, heat oil. Brown the pork chops on both sides for 3 minutes per side. Cover skillet with foil and bake for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Uncover and bake an additional 30 minutes, or until internal temperature of the meat is 160 degrees.

STEP 3. Remove the pork chops from the oven and transfer to a large serving platter. Tent the baked pork chops with foil while you prepare the herbed gravy.

Herbed Gravy Recipe

To make the herbed gravy you need:

  • All purpose flour
  • Heavy cream
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Poultry seasoning
  • Leftover pork juices

Use the same pan you used for the pork chops to make the gravy.

STEP 1. Heat the skillet over medium with the juices remaining. Sprinkle with flour, salt and pepper and stir for one minutes.

STEP 2. Slowly pour in water and poultry seasoning, scraping the bits off the bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes.

STEP 3. Add cream slowly and heat until thickened. You may want to season with more salt and pepper to taste. When thickened, remove from heat.

Serve the gravy with pork chops. You can either serve the pork chops plated with gravy poured on top, or keep the gravy in a serving dish so everyone can add as much as they like to their meat.

Whether you serve them for a special occasion or an everyday family meal Apple Stuffed Pork Chops with savory herbed gravy will be the star of your dinner table!

Yield: 6 servings

Apple Stuffed Pork Chops with Herbed Gravy

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Thick pork chops stuffed with a delicous apple stuffing, then topped with a peppery herb gravy!

Ingredients

For the Pork Chops:

  • 6 large boneless pork chops, 1 1/2-2 inch thick
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 apples, chopped, no need to peel
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 cup soft bread cubes
  • 2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

For the Gravy:

  • 1 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine bread cubes with melted butter, apples, onion, celery, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Cut a large pocket in each pork chop by making a horizontal cut through the meat. Press a large spoonful of stuffing into each pocket, really PRESS it in there until all stuffing and pork chops are done.
  3. In a large oven safe skillet, heat oil. Brown the pork chops on both sides for 3 minutes per side. Cover skillet with foil and bake for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Uncover and bake an additional 30 minutes, or until internal temperature of the meat is 160 degrees.
  4. Remove pork chops from skillet and place on large serving platter. Tent with foil.
  5. With remaining juices in skillet, heat over medium heat. Sprinkle with flour, salt and pepper and stir for one minutes. Slowly pour in water and poultry seasoning, scraping the bits off the bottom of the pan.
  6. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Add cream slowly and heat until thickened. You may want to season with more salt and pepper to taste. When thickened, remove from heat. Serve with pork chops. ENJOY!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 654Total Fat: 46gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 168mgSodium: 882mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 3gSugar: 9gProtein: 40g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Posted on September 18, 2012

Comments & Reviews

  1. I made these last night. Overall, they were fantastic, lots of flavor! My pork chops were dry though (the reason I don’t usually make them), so next time I will cook them a little less than an hour. They were def 1-1/2″ thick too. But yes, there will be a next time because they were just so good. The gravy is fantastic as well!

    1. Glad you enjoyed them, I’m actually making this again and going to play around with cooking times…:)

  2. Tried it today, and glad I did! I was so skeptical of the raw onions and celery in the stuffing, but they turned out great 🙂 I accidentally bought the wrong chops, bone in, so I couldn’t even brown them. I cooked 5 chops in a large oven casserole dish for 45 mins, they turned out brown and delish! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Hi Evelyn, I do not cook them before hand. They soften during the baking process (and just a slight crunch is left). However, if you prefer VERY soft, no crunch, feel free to saute them for a few minutes in a skillet with some butter or olive oil)!

  3. Apple stuffing has always been my choice in the most of the recipes…I just find another tasty looking recipe here…I will try it very soon..thanks

  4. I sent this recipe to my mom Aimee! She and my dad love pork chops! At thanksgiving time, my mom makes this unbelievable pork stuffing with apples and spices. this dish reminds me of it!

  5. I have to admit something…I have never had a stuffed pork chop. Now I really really want to try one, with lots of stuffing and extra gravy:-) It sounds really, really, really good!!!

  6. You are my hero! I’m a baker not a dinner maker. This will be such a treat for the family and such a change up from the boring grilled or baked pork chops I usually serve. I’ll have to double the gravy, my hubby likes his food soaked in gravy! Pinned.

  7. My hubby’s fave thing to have for dinner is pork chops–I’ve made ’em with apples before, but never stuffed! Totally pinning this to make for him later. This looks great!

  8. I used to make a similar dish with pie filling and stuffing, but this version looks MUCH more refined than my throw-everything-in-a-pan dish. Love the fact these are stuffed!

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