Smells Better

When my youngest was a first grader, he was down the street at a neighbor’s house one summer day when it was time for dinner. My wife called, chatted with the neighbor and then asked if they could send my youngest home. Several minutes went by and he came through the back door. He walked across the floor and sat at the table. My wife turned and looked at him and before she could say anything he exclaimed, “It smells better at the Hubbards!”

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I can’t recall what was being cooked that night, but I’m sure it wasn’t as tasty as these chops.

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Getting the stuffing ready to go.

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Stuffing the chops.

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My wife saw the series of pictures and said, “They look better cooked!”

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She’s right. They do.

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And they taste better too.

Pork Chops Stuffed with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Spinach

Prep Time: 15 m | Cook Time: 35 m | Makes: 4 servings | Difficulty:


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 sun-dried tomatoes, diced
  • 1 (10-ounce) bag of frozen spinach, thawed and excess water squeezed out
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) goat cheese
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 4 (4-ounce) center-cut pork chops
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 lemon, zested
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard


Warm the 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, salt, pepper, and thyme. Cook until combined, about 2 more minutes. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl. Add the goat cheese and the cream cheese. Stir to combine and set aside.

Use a sharp knife to cut a pocket into the thickest portion of the pork chop. Stuff each pocket with 1/4 of the spinach and sun-dried tomato mixture and close the pork around the stuffing. Season the outside of the pork with salt and pepper.

In a small bowl combine the chicken broth, lemon zest, lemon juice, and mustard.

Warm the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot add the pork. Cook until golden and cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer the pork to a side dish and tent with foil to keep warm. Add the chicken broth mixture to the skillet over medium-high heat. Scrape up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan as the chicken broth simmers. Reduce the broth by half to make a light sauce, about 8 minutes. Spoon some sauce over the pork before serving.


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Categories: Cheese2, Low Carb, Main Dish 3, Pork, Recipes, vegetable3

Author:The Ranting Chef

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4 Comments on “Smells Better”

  1. December 18, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    LOL – Your son’s comment about the smell probably meant he was having a great time at the Hubbards. Just posted about how smells are braided together with our memories and feelings.


  2. December 18, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    love the sound of this recipe! i am not the worlds best cook if fact after casserole i am rubbish especially bad at cakes ^_^ but every once in a while i spot a recipe like this one here and it sounds so nice i have to at least try, so tomorrow this is going to be tea^_^ also can i ask if you could include a recipe similar to this but without any cheese or cheese products my son is autistic and will not have anything that has been anywhere near cheese, he is a good eater won’t eat junk food at all hates pizza chips beans etc will not touch them but i do run out of ideas of what to cook for tea when he won’t touch cheese so any ideas you have for simple good food without cheese would be most welcome thank you


  3. JW McCabe
    December 18, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    Reblogged this on I am Hedonism and commented:
    You have to read my latest post! It’s about the pleasure of smells!


  4. December 18, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    Wow – talk about ‘stuffed with flavor”!!


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