Apple-Stuffed Pork Chops

These apple-stuffed pork chops are tender and juicy, with an apple-flavored stuffing featuring cornbread, apples and fresh sage. Whole-wheat bread can stand in for the cornbread if you prefer a more savory stuffing.

Apple Stuffed Pork Chops
Photo: Photographer: Victor Protasio, Food Stylist Karen Rankin
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 2 cups crumbled toasted cornbread or day-old whole-wheat bread cubes

  • 1 small Granny Smith apple, peeled and chopped

  • ½ cup chopped yellow onion

  • 1 small stalk celery, chopped

  • ¼ cup lower-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage, plus more for garnish

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided

  • 4 (6-ounce, 1-inch-thick) bone-in rib-cut pork chops

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine cornbread (or bread), apple, onion, celery, broth, sage and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a food processor; pulse until roughly chopped and well combined, 7 to 8 pulses. Insert the tip of a boning or paring knife through the outer edge of each pork chop until it reaches bone. Without slicing or enlarging the hole, gently rotate the knife back and forth to create a large pocket about 2 1/2 inches wide. Spoon about 1/2 cup stuffing into the pocket of each chop.

  2. Sprinkle the chops evenly with salt and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat; add the stuffed chops and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the pan to the oven; bake until a thermometer inserted into the thickest portion registers 145°F, 8 to 12 minutes. Transfer the pork chops to a large platter; let rest for 5 minutes. Garnish with sage, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

341 Calories
12g Fat
18g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 stuffed pork chop
Calories 341
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 8g
Added Sugars 1g 2%
Protein 39g 78%
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 128mg 43%
Vitamin A 113IU 2%
Vitamin C 2mg 2%
Vitamin D 24IU 6%
Vitamin E 1mg 9%
Folate 23mcg 6%
Vitamin K 7mcg 6%
Sodium 361mg 16%
Calcium 68mg 5%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 53mg 13%
Potassium 742mg 16%
Zinc 3mg 27%
Vitamin B12 1mcg 42%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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