Been making this for years and everyone loves it!

Herbed Pork Chop and Golden Stuffing Bake

Hello, my dearest culinary adventurers! Today, we’re going back to the cozy comforts of home with a classic dish that will wrap you in warmth from the inside out. Get ready to prepare a delightful Pork Chop and Stuffing Bake—the epitome of heartwarming homestyle cooking. This dish is as simple as it is satisfying, where tender pork chops meet a savory bed of stuffing, all baked to perfection. It’s the kind of meal that reminds you of family dinners, holiday gatherings, and the power of a good, nourishing meal.
The origins of this dish are as humble as they are endearing, rooted in the traditions of making the most out of what’s available. Pork chops and stuffing were likely paired out of convenience and the need to stretch ingredients, but the result is truly greater than the sum of its parts. It’s a meal for those evenings when you want something rich and filling without the fuss, yet something with a touch of tradition and a lot of love.
As for companions on this culinary journey, I often look to a side of green beans almondine, a crisp garden salad, or even a medley of roasted root vegetables. You want something that can play off the robust flavors of the pork and the herby richness of the stuffing.

4 bone-in pork chops, about 1-inch thick
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 package of your favorite stuffing mix
1 3/4 cups chicken broth (preferably low-sodium)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup diced onions
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried sage
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. As it heats, let’s season the pork chops generously with salt and pepper. The key here is to create a beautiful crust and lock in all those juices.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, and sear the pork chops on both sides until they’re golden brown, roughly 3-4 minutes per side. Remember, we’re not trying to cook them through just yet—just give them a good sear.
  • In another skillet, melt the butter and sauté the onions and celery until they’re tender and fragrant. Sprinkle in the garlic powder, sage, and thyme, and stir to combine the love of these aromatic herbs.
  • Prepare the stuffing mix in a bowl, according to package instructions, using the chicken broth you have on hand. Then, fold in the sautéed veggies.
  • In a greased baking dish, spread out the stuffing mix evenly. Then, nestle the browned pork chops into the stuffing, pouring any accumulated juices from the skillet over the top.
  • Bake uncovered in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until the pork chops reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Let it rest briefly before serving—to let the magic settle.
  Variations & Tips
  • Feel free to customize the stuffing with additional ingredients like chopped apples, dried cranberries, or chopped pecans for a personalized touch.
  • If you prefer a crisper topping, you can cover the baking dish with foil for the first half of the baking time and remove it for the second half to achieve that golden crust.

To keep the pork chops extra moist, try brining them in a solution of water, salt, and a touch of sugar for an hour or two before cooking.