Think pork chops are boring? Think again with these easy, savory Pesto Stuffed Oven Baked Pork Chops!
It’s time for a new pesto recipe! Would you believe that a few years ago I thought I didn’t like pesto? The only time I had it was on pizza, and I decided it wasn’t for me. I still don’t order pesto pizzas because they are usually pretty heavy on the oil and low on tomato flavor, but I have come around to realize that pesto is incredibly delicious in other recipes! I scored these pork chops on sale the other day, and I wanted to do something new with them. I actually don’t buy pork chops that often, and I usually think they are a bit boring. This pesto recipe has changed my mind! These oven baked pork chops are super easy to make, and they turn out moist and flavorful.
These luscious oven-baked pork chops would be delicious on their own without the surprise inside, but you will be so happy to taste savory pesto in every bite. Dig in!Print
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place a wire baking rack on a baking sheet, and spray the rack with cooking spray. (Line the baking sheet with foil to make cleanup easy.)
Slice slits in pork chops almost all the way through but leaving the bottom of the meat intact. The slits should be about 3/4″ apart and not extend all the way to the edges of the meat. Also cut a couple shallow slits in the fat on the outer edge of the meat to keep the pork chops from curling during baking.
Using a small spoon, place about 1/2 tsp. pesto (or however much will fit) into each slit. Press it into the meat with your fingers. Spread an additional teaspoon of pesto all over both sides of the meat.
Add eggs to a shallow bowl, sprinkle with pepper, and lightly beat. Add bread crumbs to another shallow bowl. Coat both sides of each pork chop with egg, and allow excess to drip off. Press both sides of the pork chops into the bread crumbs to evenly coat the meat, and press some crumbs onto the outer edges as well. (When you are dipping meat into the egg and bread crumbs, try to squeeze the cut side together a little to keep the pesto inside.)
Place your prepared pork chops on the wire rack, and bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Turn oven to broil, and cook for another 5 minutes, or until golden brown and internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F.
- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 20
- Category: Main