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Smoked Gouda and Bacon Stuffed Pork Chops for Two

Smoked Gouda and Bacon Stuffed Pork Chops on a platter

Smoked Gouda and Bacon Stuffed Pork Chops are pan fried golden brown thick savory pork chops filled with melted smoked Gouda cheese and crisp bacon. 

This recipe is moderately low-carb, but not necessarily by Keto extreme low-carb guidelines.

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This recipe is easy and quick, ready in just 30 minutes. It makes an impressive lunch or dinner for two. Try it for date night or Valentine’s Day.

How to make Smoked Gouda and Bacon Stuffed Pork Chops:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

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At the same time, heat a large cast iron skillet on medium heat. Click for a cast iron skillet.

Cut the bacon slices in half and cook in the skillet until crisp, flipping as needed.

4 halves of bacon frying in a cast iron skillet

Drain the bacon on paper towel, leaving the grease in the pan.  Turn the heat down to medium low.

Lay the pork chop flat on a cutting board, and with a sharp filet knife held parallel to the board, cut a pocket into the pork, going all the way to the bone (or to within ¼ inch of the side for boneless, leave one side intact). Click for a filet knife.

a knife slicing the pork chops open

Repeat with the second pork chop.

Layer the spinach leaves inside the pork chops, divided evenly.

layering the spinach inside the pork chops

Top with two halves of bacon inside each pork chop.

adding two bacon halves inside the pork chops

Cut the Gouda into 4 slices and layer over the spinach in each chop.

adding two slices of smoked gouda inside the pork chops

Fold the pork chops closed and season, on both sides, with salt and black pepper.

salt and pepper sprinkled on the pork chops

Carefully add the pork chops to the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown. 

two stuffed pork chops cooking in a cast iron skillet

Place the pan of pork chops in the oven.

a cast iron skillet with two stuffed pork chops place in an oven

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until a thermometer registers 145 degrees F.

Remove the pan from the oven and let the pork rest for 3 – 5 minutes.

Sprinkle with parsley for garnish and serve with your favorite side dishes.

Smoked Gouda and Bacon Stuffed Pork Chops

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Yield: Serves 2

Smoked Gouda and Bacon Stuffed Pork Chops

Smoked Gouda and Bacon Stuffed Pork Chops on a platter

Smoked Gouda and Bacon Stuffed Pork Chops are pan fried golden brown thick savory pork chops filled with melted smoked Gouda cheese and crisp bacon.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 slices bacon
  • 2 boneless or bone-in pork chops (1 ½ - 2 inches thick)
  • 1/4 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 2 ounces shredded Smoked Gouda cheese
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. At the same time, heat a large cast iron skillet on medium heat. Click for a cast iron skillet.
  3. Cut the bacon slices in half and cook in the skillet until crisp, flipping as needed.
  4. Drain the bacon on paper towel, leaving the grease in the pan.  Turn the heat down to medium low.
  5. Lay the pork chop flat on a cutting board, and with a sharp filet knife held parallel to the board, cut a pocket into the pork, going all the way to the bone (or to within ¼ inch of the side for boneless, leave one side intact). Click for a filet knife.
  6. Repeat with the second pork chop.
  7. Layer the spinach leaves inside the pork chops, divided evenly.
  8. Top with two halves of bacon inside each pork chop.
  9. Cut the Gouda into 4 slices and layer over the spinach in each chop.
  10. Fold the pork chops closed and season, on both sides, with salt and black pepper.
  11. Carefully add the pork chops to the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown. 
  12. Place the pan of pork chops in the oven.
  13. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until a thermometer registers 145 degrees F.
  14. Remove the pan from the oven and let the pork rest for 3 – 5 minutes.
  15. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with your favorite side dishes.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 328Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 777mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 32g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Ruthie

Wednesday 17th of June 2020

I am going to try this tonight. I am concerned that leaving bacon grease in the pan with the pork chops will start to smoke and burn. That will surely set of my smoke alarm! Yikes!

Zona

Thursday 18th of June 2020

Hi Ruthie, how did it turn out for you?

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