Pesto & Mozzarella Stuffed Pork Chops

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Pesto & Mozzarella Stuffed Pork Chops

Pesto gives great flavor to the oozy mozzarella stuffing in this breaded pork chops recipe.

Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 30
Total Time: 45


  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons prepared pesto
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2/3 cup fine breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat, divided
  • 4 bone-in pork chops, 1/2-3/4 inch thick (about 2 pounds), trimmed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 lemon wedges


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Combine mozzarella, pesto and 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs in a small bowl.
  3. Cut a horizontal slit in each pork chop along the side opposite the bone, nearly through to the opposite side, so it forms a “pocket.” Stuff each chop with the cheese mixture (about 2 tablespoons each).
  4. Combine flour, salt and pepper in a shallow bowl. Whisk egg whites in another shallow bowl. Place the remaining 2/3 cup breadcrumbs in a third shallow bowl.
  5. Dredge each pork chop first in the flour, shaking off the excess, then dip in egg white to coat. Coat on both sides with breadcrumbs, pressing to help the crumbs stick.
  6. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 2 pork chops and cook, turning once, until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer the pork chops to a baking sheet. Wipe out the pan and repeat with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and 2 chops.
  7. Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake until the pork chops are cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.

Tips & Notes

  • Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.


Nutrition Per Serving

calories 390
fat 22 g (6 g sat, 12 g mono)
cholesterol 79 mg
carbohydrates 12 g
protein 35 g
fiber 1 g
sodium 391 mg
potassium 424 mg

Nutrition Bonus Calcium & Zinc (19% daily value)

Carbohydrate Serving 1

Exchanges 1 starch, 4 1/2 lean meat, 2 fat

From EatingWell May/June 2012