Pesto Stuffed Oven Baked Pork Chops
Pesto is stuffed inside center-cut pork chops for an easy and satisfying dinner!
Servings Prep Time
4 15minutes
Cook Time
20minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 15minutes
Cook Time
20minutes
Instructions
  1. 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.)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.)
  5. 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.