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Pesto Packed Pork Chops

  Crumbled feta cheese 3 Tablespoon
  Pesto 5 Tablespoon (Purchased)
  Pine nuts 1 Tablespoon, toasted
  Jalapeno jelly 2 Tablespoon
  Balsamic vinegar 1 Tablespoon
  Pork loin chops 4 , cut 1 1/4 inches thick (Bone In / Boneless)
  Minced garlic 1 Teaspoon
  Ground black pepper 1 Teaspoon
  Ground red pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Celery seed 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Fennel seed 1⁄2 Teaspoon, crushed
  Dried thyme 1⁄4 Teaspoon, crushed
  Ground cumin 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Fresh basil leaves 4

1. For filling, in a small mixing bowl stir together feta cheese, 2 tablespoons of the pesto, and the pine nuts. Set aside. For glaze, in a small saucepan melt jelly over low heat. Stir in the remaining 2 to 3 tablespoons pesto and the balsamic vinegar; heat through. Set aside.
2. Trim fat from meat. Make a pocket in each chop by cutting horizontally from the fat side almost to the bone or the opposite side. Spoon filling into each pocket. If necessary, secure the opening with a wooden pick.
3. For rub, in a small mixing bowl combine garlic, black pepper, red pepper, celery seed, fennel seed, thyme, and cumin. Rub evenly onto all sides of meat.
4. In a grill with a cover arrange preheated coals around a drip pan for indirect grilling. Test for medium heat above the pan. Place the chops on the grill rack over the drip pan. Cover; grill for 35 to 40 minutes or till juices run clear, turning once and brushing occasionally with glaze during the last 10 minutes of grilling. If desired, garnish with basil.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Cook Time: 
40 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 1479 Calories from Fat 868

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 97 g149.9%

Saturated Fat 28 g139.8%

Trans Fat 0.4 g

Cholesterol 352.8 mg117.6%

Sodium 1434.7 mg59.8%

Total Carbohydrates 38 g12.7%

Dietary Fiber 4.7 g18.6%

Sugars 21.2 g

Protein 105 g209.3%

Vitamin A 24.8% Vitamin C 11.1%

Calcium 46.3% Iron 53%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Pesto Packed Pork Chops Recipe