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How do you Cook Stuffed Pork Chops in an Air Fryer?
Someone once asked me what my secret to stuffed pork chop was. I just laughed and waved it away as another person comment. Who would believe that the secret to my beautifully made pork chop was my air fryer? Kitchen equipment has become more of addiction because of its ease of use and the time it takes to make meals.
In this article, I will discuss my recipes to perfect pork chops and tips on how they will come out perfect every time. If you haven’t used an air fryer before, this will awaken to a more straightforward and healthier cooking method.
- Air fryer
- Kitchen thermometer
- Olive oil(this is optional, but little is best)
- Celery rib
- White bread crumbs
- Fresh parsley
- White pepper
- Chicken broth
- And finally the pork chop
I start by heating little oil over medium with the onion and celery and stir till it cooks tenderly for five minutes. Next is to mix the heated onion and celery mixture with bread crumbs and desired seasoning. Mix it properly until it forms the desired consistency. This will be used later to coat the pork chops. Next, I cut my pork chops into my number of servings (sometimes, I get the already sliced one to save myself from the stress). In each pork chop, cut out a horizontal slice almost to the bone to form pockets. Secure the pocket in place with a toothpick after filling it with the bread mixture prepared earlier.
Next is to get started with the air fryer, preheat to air fryer to 325°F according to the manufacturer’s directions. It could be one of those air fryers that preheat automatically, or you have to leave it on for 3 to 5 minutes before cooking like mine. Season the pork chop with salt and pepper to taste. Arrange the chops in a single layer on the grease tray.
Lightly spray the air-fryer basket with cooking spray (this is optional). Place chop in the basket; lightly spray the top of chop with cooking spray—Cook the pork chop for 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the basket from the air fryer to turn the chop over and lightly spray with cooking spray. Cook for another 4 to 6 minutes or until lightly golden.
You can insert your instant-read thermometer near the center and check if it reads 165°F and at least 145°F to ensure it is done. Let rest for 3 minutes before serving. Bon appetite
- Air fryer
- Kitchen thermometer
- Lots of mixing bowls
- Fontina and Parmesan cheese
- Several slices of prosciutto
- Roasted red peppers and fresh Italian parsley
- Red pepper flakes (optional)
- Egg and Italian seasoned panko breadcrumbs
- Olive oil cooking spray( optional but makes a fine addition to the meal)
First and foremost, when preparing the air fryer Italian stuffed pork chop, we need to cut up our cheese and prosciutto in a separate bowl. Italian parsley and roasted pepper should be sliced thinly as well. Finally, beat your egg in a bowl, and your preparation process is done.
Next is to preheat your air fryer to 400°F according to the manufacturer’s directions. It could be one of those air fryers that preheat automatically, or you have to leave it on for 3 to 5 minutes before cooking like mine. I like to pat my pork chop dry with paper towels and then make a pocket in the chop by cutting it horizontally from the fat side almost to the bone or the opposite side. Next, I Combine Fontina cheese, prosciutto, roasted peppers, parsley and, red pepper flakes (if you like it extra spicy). This mixture is stuffed into the pocket made on the pork chop.
Close the opening using wooden toothpicks. Dip the pork chops into a beaten egg, then into a breadcrumb mixture with the cheese. Turn the pork chops for another coating.
It is time to air fry. Lightly spray the air-fryer basket with cooking spray (this is optional). Place chop in the basket; lightly spray the top of chop with cooking spray—Cook the pork chop for 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the basket from the air fryer to turn the chop over and lightly spray with cooking spray. Cook for another 4 to 6 minutes or until lightly golden.
You can insert your instant-read thermometer near the center and check if it reads 145°F to make sure it is done. Let rest for 3 minutes before serving. Bon appetite
Tips for Perfect Air Fryer Stuff Pork Chop:
- Always add some of your favorite seasonings in the stuffing. This increases the flavor of the pork chop while adding your personal touch to the meal.
- It is not compulsory to spray the basket or slider with oil, but I discovered it makes for a refined finish. So if you are watching your weight, it is advisable to remove it from the recipe.
- Don’t overcrowd the Air Fryer basket to ensure even cooking! Instead, I recommend putting them in a single layer with room between the rolls so the air can circulate.
- During air frying, shake the basket or turn the pork chops at least once or twice during cooking.
- Keep an eye on the pork chop when in the air fryer
- All Air Fryers are different, so that timings can be different. Adjust the recipe according to your air fryer. Some air fryers are built, so you do not have to flip your food; others require that you flip your food halfway so that each side gets perfectly cooked.
- Don’t be disappointed if it doesn’t come out ideally on your first attempt. Just keep trying until you make your perfect air fryer pock chops.
In conclusion, the air fryer is perfect for cooking stuff pork chops. But all this will mean nothing except you put this theory in practice. You can try out other recipes like garlic pork chop, Indian pork chop, marinated pork chop, e.t.c.