2 teaspoons canola oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Granny Smith apple, cored, and chopped
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon Paula Deen House Seasoning
1/2 pound Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
4 bone-in, center-cut pork loin chops, 1/2 – 3/4-inch thick
3 cups water
3/4 cup uncooked quick-cooking grits
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spray a small shallow roasting pan with nonstick spray.
To make the filling, heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the apple, thyme, and 1/2 teaspoon House Seasoning. Cook, stirring occasionally until the apple is very tender, about 5 minutes. Add the sausage and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer the filling to a large bowl; let cool completely. Wipe the skillet clean.
Meanwhile, make a pocket in the side of each pork chop by inserting a small sharp knife into the thickest part and cutting gently back and forth until a large, deep cavity is formed. Fill each pocket with one-fourth of the filling. Secure the opening with toothpicks.
Sprinkle the chops with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of House Seasoning. Spray the same skillet with nonstick spray and set over medium-high heat. Add the chops and cook until browned, about 3 minutes on each side. Transfer the chops to the roasting pan. Cover loosely with foil and bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted into a chop reads 145°F, 15 – 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Slowly whisk in the grits. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Serve with the pork.
Nutritional Information (Per Serving):
(1 stuffed pork chop with 1/4 cup grits): 284 Cal; 36 g Protein; 8 g Tot Fat; 2 g Sat Fat; 4 g Mono Fat; 14 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; 5 g Sugar; 42 mg Calcium; 2 mg Iron; 397 mg Sodium; 96 mg Cholesterol
Original Recipe by Paula Deen: Stuffed Pork Chops with Grits
Take It Lighter recipe courtesy of Bobby and Jamie Deen, and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 40 min