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Stuffed Pork Chops with Pomegranate Sauce

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 whole Shallot, Diced
6 ounces, weight Mushrooms, Minced
2 cloves Garlic, Minced
Sea Salt, to taste
1/4 cups Fresh Parsley, Finely Chopped
3/4 cups Whole Grain Bread Crumbs
1/2 cups Mild, Semi-soft Cheese
Ground Pepper To Taste
4 whole Thick, Boneless Pork Chops
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 cup White Wine
2 cups Pomegranate Juice (seeds From About 3 Pomegranates Blended And Strained)
1- 1/2 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Tablespoon Cornstarch Mixed In 1/3 Cup Cold Water
Salt And Pepper, to taste


Preheat the oven to 375F. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil, then add the shallots and cook for about 2 minutes. Next stir in the mushrooms and the garlic and season with sea salt. Saute the mushrooms until the juices are evaporated and then mix in the parsley and bread crumbs. Finally toss in the cheese and stir until combined. Season with pepper and more salt if desired, remove from the pan and set the stuffing aside to cool. Using a sharp knife, cut a slit into the short end of the pork chop and wiggle the knife to form a pocket almost all the way through to the other end. Stuff the pockets of the chops with the stuffing. Use toothpicks to close the opening. Next add the butter to the same, unwashed, skillet and melt it over a medium-high heat. Place the stuffed pork chops into the skillet and brown on both sides. Remove from the skillet and place into a lightly greased, oven-proof dish. Bake the chops for 35-40 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 150F. To prepare the sauce, pour the wine into the same skillet and incorporate the caramelized bits from the bottom of the pan into the wine. Simmer over medium heat until wine is reduced by 1/3. Next add the pomegranate juice and sugar and again reduce by 1/3. Shut the heat off and set aside. When the pork is done, remove the meat to a serving platter and drain the pan juice into the sauce. Turn the heat back on and bring the sauce to a low boil. Whisk in the cornstarch and water mixture (slurry) and simmer on low for 2 to 3 minutes. Season to taste. To serve, slice the pork chop crosswise and spoon over the sauce.

Source: tastykitchen.com