In Short Order — Pork Chops with Apples & Stuffing

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 I’m exhausted. It’s been a long day — from chauffeuring to and from school, an audiologist appointment for my preschooler, cleaning at my kindergartener’s school, and trying to make my house not quite so cluttered and messy for when my sister-in-law arrives later this evening. 

After an exhausting day, even this girl who loves to be in the kitchen doesn’t really have the energy to do so. I’ll admit — we’re taking advantage of our free pizza courtesy of Papa John’s and their Super Bowl challenge. But most days we don’t have the luxury of a free pizza, so I look to my “archives” for something easy and quick. This recipe for pork chops with apples and stuffing was one recommended by my mom. It’s from Taste of Home’s Quick Cooking. It’s easy, something different, good enough for company, and works for me. And yes, I can’t make it without that classic episode of Peter in The Brady Bunch running through my head. 🙂

 And while my day was long and tiring, there was good in it, too. My preschooler — who didn’t have school today — did beautifully for her hearing test, and is getting new purple hearing aids. While cleaning ended up taking all of the afternoon, I did get a chance to spend a little more time with the other mom who was cleaning (and even stayed for a bit after she and her kids was done with their list to help me with mine). Oh, and I got to talk more to my daughter’s teacher, which is always great (she’s one in a million!). And hey! My sisters-in-law are coming to visit (my husband’s other sister arrives tomorrow), which always makes for a good time (and a little break). 

Have a great weekend!

This picture of the leftovers doesn’t do it justice. Just believe me when I say it’s absolutely delicious!

 Pork Chops with Apples and Stuffing

from Taste of Home’s Quick Cooking

  • 6 boneless pork loin chops (1-inch thick and 4 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil *
  • 1 package (6 ounces) crushed stuffing mix
  • 1 can (21 ounces) apple pie filling with cinnamon**
  1. In a large skillet, brown pork chops in oil over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, prepare stuffing according to package directions. Spread pie filling into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Place the pork chops on top; spoon stuffing over chops.
  2. Cover and bake at 350° for 35 minutes. Uncover; bake 10 minutes longer or until a meat thermometer reads 160°. Yield: 6 servings.

 *I often will omit this on account of time. So while browning the chops adds an extra element of flavor, sometimes it’s easier to just get it in the oven.

**I don’t often have apple pie filling on hand, but if I have a bit of extra time (which contradicts my first asterisk) and 4 or 5 apples, I’ll peel and slice them, toss them with 1/4 cup cornstarch, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1 tsp. cinnamon and place that mixture in the bottom of the dish.

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