Tuesday, July 5, 2011

ORANGE-GLAZED STUFFED PORK CHOPS

4 rib pork chops, cut 1 1/2 -inch thick, each with a pocket
STUFFING:
2 tbsp butter
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 1/2 cups soft bread crumbs
2 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp grated orange peel
1 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
3 tbsp orange juice

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Wipe pork chops well.

To Make Stuffing: In hot butter in skillet, cook the onions and celery until tender - about 8 minutes. Add bread cubes and brown slightly. Remove from the heat. Add the parsley, salt, orange peel, 1 teaspoon seasoned salt, and orange juice; toss mixture lightly to combine.

Fill pork chops pockets with the stuffing. Stand chops on rib bones on a rack in a shallow pan. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt. Pour water to 1/2-inch depth in roasting pan (the water should not touch the rack). Cover the chops and roasting pan with foil. Bake chops for 1 1/2 hours at 375 degrees.
GLAZE:
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup orange marmalade
2 tbsp cider vinegar

Combine the orange juice, brown sugar, orange marmalade, and the vinegar in a small saucepan; mix well. Bring to boiling while stirring. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes while stirring.

After removing the chops from the oven, remove foil and pour off the water. Brush chops with some of the glaze. Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes, or until tender and browned, basting with the glaze every 10 minutes.

Yield: 4 servings.

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