Cheese-Stuffed Pork Chops

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Nutrition Info
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Ingredients

Kosher salt

1/4 cup sugar

4 bone-in, thick-cut pork chops (6 to 8 ounces each)

1/2 medium head escarole

2 cloves garlic

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing

Freshly ground pepper

4 slices provolone cheese (about 2 ounces)

4 fresh sage leaves, chopped

1 (19-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

Directions

  1. Dissolve 1/4 cup salt and the sugar in 3 cups warm water in a large bowl. Insert a paring knife into the curved side of each pork chop to make a deep pocket, about 2 inches wide. Soak the chops in the brine, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, finely chop the escarole and garlic. Toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Remove the chops from the brine and pat dry. Fold each cheese slice and tuck into the pocket of a pork chop, then stuff with the escarole mixture. Brush the pork with olive oil, sprinkle with the sage and season with salt and pepper. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the pork in batches, turning once, until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add the beans and 1/3 cup water to the skillet, scraping up any browned bits; season with salt and pepper. Return the pork to the skillet, cover and cook over medium heat until no longer pink, 5 to 7 more minutes. Serve the pork with the beans. 

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