Manchego-Stuffed Pork Chops with Roasted Red Pepper-Pepita Sauce


For such a long title, this dish has a very short list of ingredients and is ridiculously simple to make.  It basically came about from random ingredients I had around and wanted to use up.  I was initially going to make a red pepper pesto, but decided to just add the cheese to the chops instead and skip out on the herbs altogether, since I didn’t  have any fresh herbs around that day.  All of the flavors were very complementary, and we really enjoyed this meal! I served the pork chops with some triple corn cakes and some sauteed  garlicky kale.

Manchego-Stuffed Pork Chops with Roasted Red Pepper-Pepita Sauce

Serves 2
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1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
2 pork chops (I used bone-in)
thinly sliced manchego cheese
2 Tbsp. pepitas
1/2 cup sliced roasted red peppers
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 350.

Using a paring or utility knife, slice pockets into your pork chops, or nearly butterfly them. Stuff the chops with thin slices of manchego (about 1/2 oz. for each chop).  Season the pork chops with kosher salt and fresh pepper.

Heat a large, heavy bottomed skillet or saute pan over medium heat and then add 2 tsp. of the oil.  Once hot, add the pork chops and brown on each side, about 1-2 minutes (don’t cook them through). Move the pan to the oven and allow the pork chops to finish cooking (8-15 minutes, depending on thickness and whether chops are boned).

Meanwhile, make the roasted red pepper sauce.  Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the pepitas. Toss a couple of times and let them heat until fragrant and they start to turn golden brown.  Combine the pepitas, roasted red peppers, vinegar, remaining 1 tsp. olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste in a mini food processor and process  until smooth.  Serve the red pepper sauce over the pork chops.

Manchego-Stuffed Pork Chops with Roasted Red Pepper-Pepita Sauce

  • Manchego is a great cheese and I love roasted peppers and pork!

  • Love the combination of manchego and pork chops.

  • hmmm elly you belong in california. i was just in greece and wondering if they sold manchego in the grocery stores (you know, bc of the whole eu thing) and there was not one spanish cheese. i asked my greek friends and they told me i had things confused and that manchego is really mexican cheese. hmpf!

  • I’m lovin all the ingredients in this dish. Manchego is divine..I
    ‘d never thought to pair it with pork…beautiful Elly!

  • I would have licked the plate!

  • The chops are delicious with their red pepper sauce and the triple corn cakes to die for Elly. I know we always say we are going to give a recipe a try…but this is a definite!

  • Wow, this sounds like a flavor explosion! Will absolutely add it to my “to-make” list!

  • What a great supper! The cheese and sauce seem like a great combo. And those corn cakes look fantastic, too!

  • Oh, DROOL! Manchego is my absolute favorite cheese!! These look awesome!!

  • This looks awesome and you know my love affair with pork, don’t you!!!

  • Pam

    I’m salivating! It looks marvelous! Opa!

  • Elly, sauce with pepita, sounds delicious…actually I have a bag of pepita from Trader Joes…it sounds a plan 🙂

  • Oooh, look at that cheese oozing out of the pork chop … mmmmm! Drooling …

  • The red pepper sauce sounds so tasty with the pepitas in it! I bet it goes well with any type of protein.

  • Erin

    This looks like a wonderful dinner! I’ll have to try it soon.

  • Ivy

    Wow, everything sounds delicious from the pork chops, the red pepper sauce and the pancakes. Great dish.

  • Hi Elly! I tagged you in my blog today 🙂

  • That red pepper sauce and Manchego combo makes me almost forget there’s a pork chop underneath to be eaten. Have no fear, I’ll lick the plate clean.

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  • littlemissfundc

    Hi! I tried your recipe and blogged about it – I LOVE MANCHEGO! The dish turned out great. Thanks for posting it.

    • So glad you liked the dish!

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  • I made this last night and it was incredible. So easy too for something that sounds complex and tastes so indulgent! Thanks for this awesome recipe, Elly 🙂

    • So glad you liked it, Elina! Also, so glad you commented – now I have a new blog to check out 🙂