Food isn’t just food when you add layers of flavor with quality ingredients. Gouda Cheese and Apple Stuffed Pork Chops are like a party of the senses and more of an experience than a meal.
I’ve always been a big cheese lover. If I need an appetizer, adding pizazz to soup or salad, or just deciding what to make for dinner, I always have a block of cheese in the refrigerator to expand my choices. We love pork chops, but Gouda Cheese and Apple Stuffed Pork Chops that have been wrapped in bacon? That’s a recipe you can make easily for one or a dozen and it’s so easy that it makes a great weeknight dinner.
When I was first on my own and very poor I was very careful about how I spent money. When I went to the grocery store I bought ingredients that could be used for several meals. On one of my grocery shopping trips, I bought a block of an off-brand cheese because it was a little cheaper. It tasted so bad that I couldn’t eat it. I can’t tell you how devastating that was to me. It was like throwing money you don’t have out the window.
I learned my lesson and even though I can spend a little more these days on groceries, that doesn’t determine what brands I use. In my Gouda Cheese and Apple Stuffed Pork Chops recipe, I used a block of Crystal Farms® Gouda. Crystal Farms Cheese is located in Lake Mills Wisconsin and has been making cheese since 1926. Wisconsin produces over 600 varieties of cheese and they say people crave cheese even more than chocolate! That’s a tough field, folks! Crystal Farms Cheese is passionate about their products and takes quality very seriously. They even count the holes in their Swiss cheese!
I’m very excited to bring this Gouda Cheese and Apple Stuffed Pork Chops Recipe to you. They have several more great recipes on their Crystal Farms Cheese website! Their site also helps you pick from the 154 cheese flavors and types they offer and Where To Buy their products.
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Food isn't just food when you add layers of flavor with quality ingredients. Gouda Cheese and Apple Stuffed Pork Chops are like a party of the senses and more of an experience than a meal.
- 6 pork chops Boneless 1-1/2" thick
- 4 oz Gouda Cheese Crystal Farms® Cheese Brand
- 12 slices bacon thin or regular cut
- 1 green apple cored and sliced thinly
- 1 tbsp thyme chopped
- 18 toothpicks
Preheat the oven to *225°F. Spray a 9x13" baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
Make a deep slit into the side of each pork chop being careful not to go through the sides or bottom.
Slice the apple into 1/8" pieces, one for each chop
Cut the Crystal Farms Gouda Cheese block into 1/4" slices, two for each chop.
Sandwich each apple slice with cheese slices and insert it into the chop and sprinkle with thyme.
Wrap each chop with two slices of bacon tightly. Secure with three toothpicks and place them into the pan.
Bake for 60-70 minutes or until the chop registers 140°. Allow meat to rest for 10 minutes. Remove the toothpicks and serve immediately.
*Chops can be cooked at 350° for 40-45 minutes as an alternative to the slow cooking time.
My block of gouda went a long way. In addition to using it in this recipe, it made a quick appetizer with some fruit and crackers. The hardest part is not eating it before it makes it to the plate!
I want to thank Crystal Farms Cheese for sponsoring this post on Hostess At Heart and for producing quality ingredients that allow all of us the opportunity to show our #CheeseLove!