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Smoked Gouda and Bacon Stuffed Pork Chops

Smoked Gouda and Bacon Stuffed Pork Chops are cast iron skillet 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.

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.

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Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Pork Chops

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How to make Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Pork Chops

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

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 a 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.

pork chops stuffed with spinach.

Top with two halves of bacon inside each pork chop.

bacon and spinach stuffed pork chops.

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

cheese and bacon stuffed pork chops.
Bacon Cheese Stuffed Pork Chops

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

salt and pepper sprinkled on the bacon and cheese stuffed 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.
Bacon Stuffed Pork Chops

Place the pan of pork chops in the oven.

a cast iron skillet with two stuffed pork chops placed 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.

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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. Ready in 30 minutes!
4.56 from 9 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Pork
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 401 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 slices bacon
  • 2 boneless or bone-in pork chops (1 ½ – 2 inches thick)
  • ¼ cup baby spinach leaves
  • 2 ounces shredded Smoked Gouda cheese
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Repeat with the second pork chop.
  • Layer the spinach leaves inside the pork chops, divided evenly.
  • Top with two halves of bacon inside each pork chop.
  • Cut the Gouda into 4 slices and layer over the spinach in each chop.
  • Fold the pork chops closed and season, on both sides, with salt and black pepper.
  • Carefully add the pork chops to the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown. 
  • Place the pan of pork chops in the 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 and serve with your favorite side dishes.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1Calories: 401kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 39gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 137mgSodium: 445mgPotassium: 599mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 525IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 213mgIron: 1mg
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Cindy

Friday 29th of January 2021

I've made these a few times before. They are yummy. It's been a while but I planned to make them again. I noticed the recipe changed and I was wondering why?

Cindy

Friday 29th of January 2021

@Zona, I was just wondering. The new recipe is fine and I'll probably make it. Is there a reason you started putting the pork chops in the oven? Before you cooked them in the cast iron.

Zona

Friday 29th of January 2021

Hi Cindy, I believe the changes I made were to slice the smoked gouda instead of shredding it, I added baby spinach leaves, and left the bacon whole instead of crumbled. I think everything else is the same if I'm remembering correctly. To me, it looks much more appetizing this way and I wasn't proud of my old photos of it, but you can shred the cheese, crumble the bacon, and leave out the baby spinach if your not a fan of it. Thank you for your question :)

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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