Apple Rosemary Stuffed Pork Chops

These delicious stuffed pork chops pack incredible flavor into every bite. The fresh lemon zest helps pull all the flavors together, while adding an unexpected bright note. The result? A thoroughly enjoyable and healthy meal your whole family will love! That is not only gluten-free, but also paleo.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 43 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Paleo
Servings 4 Servings


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Small Onion diced finely
  • 2-3 Cloves garlic finely minced
  • 2 Cups Kale Leaves Stems removed, finely chopped
  • 1 Large Apple diced small
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons Oragnic lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Rosemary Leaves finely minced
  • sea salt To taste
  • black pepper To taste
  • 4 1" thick-cut Pork chops bone-in


  • Place top oven rack in center position and pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a large ovenproof skillet or saute' pan. over medium-high heat. Add diced onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add another tablespoon of olive oil. Add the kale, apple, cinnamon, lemon zest, and fresh rosemary to skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until the apple is soft and the kale is just wilted, approximately 3-4 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Remove from heat and transfer apple mixture to a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
  • With a sharp knife, carefully make a slit through the center of each pork chop to form a pocket. Do not cut all the way through. Divide the apple-rosemary filling between the 4 pork chops and secure the openings with toothpicks to hold the stuffing inside.
  • Return the skillet to medium-high heat and add remaining olive oil. Sear the pork chops on both sides until golden brown, around 3-4 minutes per side. Season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired.
  • Transfer the skillet with the pork chops to the pre-heated oven and roast until the pork chops are cooked through, around 15-20 minutes or until an instant read thermometer inserted in the center reads 145°F.
  • Allow pork chops to rest for 3-5 minutes before serving with Garlic and Chive Cauliflower Mash or your favorite side dish. Enjoy!