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Apple-Stuffed Pork Chops




Ingredients:

4 center-cut pork chops, 1" thick (1 3/4 lb.)
2 and 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 medium McIntosh apple, peeled and grated
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons vegetable oil


Instructions:

Pork and fruit are a perfect pair. We selected crisp McIntosh apples to add tart flavor and a dose of fiber. Be careful not to overcook the chops or they will be dry. As soon as the juice runs clear, the meat is done.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

1. Make a slit in side of each pork chop to form a deep pocket. Combine 2 tsp. brown sugar, salt, and pepper, and season outside of chops.

2. In a small bowl, combine apple, remaining 1/2 tsp. brown sugar, coriander, cinnamon, and cumin. Stuff apple mixture into pork pockets. Skewer closed using a toothpick.

3.Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Add oil, swirling to coat bottom of pan. Sear chops for 1 1/2 minutes on each side, until well browned. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook 10 to 12 minutes, until pork is done.

4. Remove chops to serving platter. Increase heat to high and simmer liquid in skillet about 2 minutes, until slightly thickened. Spoon over chops.

Nutrition per serving: 345 cal.; 30 g pro.; 21 g fat; 8 g carb.; 42 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 1 g fiber.