Thick cut Pork Chops with Smoked Gouda & Bacon

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces smoked Gouda cheese, shredded
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • ground black pepper
  • 4 (2 1/4 inch thick) center-cut pork chops
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • salt to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the cheese, bacon, and black pepper.
  3. Lay the chop flat on cutting board, and with a sharp knife held parallel to the board, cut a pocket into the pork, but leaving the sides intact. Stuff cheese mixture into pocket, and close with a wooden toothpick (I used skewers). Brush meat with oil, and season with salt and more black pepper.
  4. Lightly oil the grill grate. Grill over medium heat for 5 to 8 minutes on each side, or until pork is done.

 

Ok, this is totally delish!!  The risotto I made to go with this was a simple thrown together recipe.  I always use a rice cooker, if you don’t have one I STRONGLY suggest you acquire one, they are a great time saver.  But I used equal parts of uncooked white rice, risotto and chicken stock and a clove of minced garlic (either dried or fresh) and a tablespoon of butter for flavor.  It can also be cooked on the stovetop.  **Locals, if you want to use my rice cooker to see if you like it, let me know I will lend it out to you….for a SHORT time:)**

As always, enjoy!!

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