Blue Cheese Pork Chops with Apples

Progresso® panko crispy bread crumbs provide a simple addition to these cheesy pork chops topped with apples – a wonderful dinner!

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 30 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

1/3
cup chopped walnuts, toasted
1/2
cup butter, softened
1/2
cup crumbled blue cheese (2 oz)
1/4
teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4
cup Progresso™ panko crispy bread crumbs
3
Gala apples, each cut into 8 wedges
1
tablespoon butter or margarine
4
bone-in pork loin chops, 1 inch thick (about 2 lb)
2
teaspoons balsamic glaze
Fresh sage leaves, if desired

  • 1 In food processor, place walnuts. Cover; process, using quick on-and-off motions, until consistency of coarse meal. Add 1/2 cup butter, the blue cheese and pepper; process until combined. Add bread crumbs; process until combined, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Divide butter mixture evenly among 4 sheets of plastic wrap or waxed paper; flatten each to match width and shape of pork chops, forming 4 disks. Wrap tightly; freeze at least 20 minutes.
  • 2 Heat oven to 450°F. In 15x10x1-inch pan, arrange apple wedges. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or just until tender. In large bowl, toss apples with 1 tablespoon butter; cover to keep warm.
  • 3 Spray 12-inch cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Add pork chops; cook 6 to 8 minutes, turning once, until browned. Remove from heat; top each chop with 1 butter disk. Set oven control to broil. Broil chops in skillet 3 to 4 inches from heat 2 to 3 minutes or until butter begins to bubble and turns golden brown. Place chops on serving plates. Spoon apples evenly over chops; drizzle with balsamic glaze and garnish with chopped fresh sage leaves.
 

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
614
,
% Daily Value
Total Fat
45g
45%
(Saturated Fat
22g,
22%
),
Sodium
460mg
460%;
Total Carbohydrate
19g
19%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
),
Protein
36g
36%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 1 Fruit; 4 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 5 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.