Grilled Wild Rice-Stuffed Pork Chops

These tender little chops are basted with a flavorful combination of apricot preserves, cinnamon and your choice of white wine or apple juice.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 10 min
  • Servings 4

1
teaspoon butter or margarine
1/3
cup finely chopped celery
1
medium green onion, finely chopped (1 tablespoon)
1
cup cooked wild rice
1
tablespoon sliced almonds
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/8
teaspoon pepper
4
pork loin chops, 1 inch thick (2 1/2 lb)
1/3
cup apricot preserves
1
tablespoon dry white wine or apple juice
1/8
teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 Heat coals or gas grill for direct heat. In 8-inch skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Cook celery and onion in butter, stirring frequently, until celery is crisp-tender. Stir in rice, almonds, salt and pepper until well blended.
  • 2 Cut a deep pocket horizontally in each pork chop on the meatiest side of the bone. Press about 1/3 cup stuffing into each pocket. Secure openings with toothpicks. In small bowl, mix apricot preserves, wine and cinnamon.
  • 3 Cover and grill pork over medium-low heat 40 to 45 minutes, brushing occasionally with preserves mixture and turning 2 or 3 times, until pork is tender and slightly pink when cut near bone on the unstuffed sides of chops. Remove toothpicks. Discard any remaining preserves mixture.

Expert Tips

Busy night? Make the stuffing the night before you plan to grill. It'll be one less thing to think about when you serve!

Quick-cooking wild rice is faster to prepare than regular wild rice and is equally delicious. If you can't find wild rice, try a rice blend or brown rice instead.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
295
(
Calories from Fat
90 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
10 g
10 %
(Saturated Fat
4 g,
4 %
),
Cholesterol
70 mg
70 %;
Sodium
210 mg
210 %;
Total Carbohydrate
27 g
27 %
(Dietary Fiber
1 g
1 %
),
Protein
26 g
26 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
2%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 3 Lean Meat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.