Stuffed Pork Chops

"Madea's Big Happy Family" is another Tyler Perry laugh fest with a message for everyone. Madea comes to the aid of her beloved niece Shirley (Loretta Devine) who has health problems and wants to bring her children together. Our favorite mother, grandmother and all-around outrageous  lady knows just what to do - and she does it all in "Madea's Big Happy Family."

Our recipe for Stuffed Pork Chops celebrates Madea's love for all things pork and delicious. These thick cut chops are stuffed with dates, bacon, fresh herbs and spices, and lightly covered with a date sauce that brings it all together, fabulously!  

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Date Stuffing - Mix well in a bowl and set-aside
2 cooked strips thick cut bacon, chopped
1 Tablespoon celery, finely chopped 
1 Tablespoon shallots, chopped
1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 Tablespoon packaged dates, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
1/4 cup water
Dash salt and freshly grounded black pepper

2 Thick Cut Pork Chops (at least 1 1/2 lbs. total)
Season both sides of chops with dashes of 
Seasoned Salt
Freshly grounded black pepper

Make a deep cut in the middle and down the sides to the bone of each pork chop to make the pocket. Add half of the stuffing to each pork chop pocket. 

Add pork chops to a baking dish. Drizzle lightly with olive oil. Cover and bake for 40 minutes or until done.

Sauce for Stuffed Pork Chops
Drippings from baking dish after pork chops have been baked
1 Tablespoon flour mixed with 1/2 cup water
1 Tablespoon dates, chopped
Dashes freshly ground black pepper
Dash ground cayenne pepper

Add all the sauce ingredients to a sauce pan over high heat. Bring to a boil. lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

Serves .