Perfect Fall Freezer Meals: Apple Cider Smothered Stuffed Pork Chops

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Stock your freezer with the most delicious Apple Cider Smothered Stuffed Pork Chops ever. A perfect Fall meal for the whole family!

Perfect Fall Freezer Meals, apple cider pork chops, apple stuffed pork chops

It is officially Fall. I’m SO excited! Aren’t you?? During the fall everything changes from the weather to foods to our whole outlook on life (the Fall just makes me happier 🙂 ). I’m dying to wear leggings and boots and hear the crunch of acorns under my feet.

It’s not bad that I purposely step on every acorn I see when we go on walks around the neighborhood, is it?

It’s kind of a weird tradition I have. I think I’ve rubbed off on my husband because he does it too now :-?

The air is crisp and cooler, we get to bring out cozy blankets and sweaters, enjoy seasonal foods, and prep for the busy holiday season ahead. Making it the perfect time of year to be smart and make freezer meals.

Why Freezer Meals?

This season is totally awesome (don’t get me wrong) but it isn’t without its struggles. The Fall also means the kids are back to school and hectic schedules have reemerged. Time is short. You have to plan for three major holidays while juggling after-school sports, projects, and family fun. It’s a lot to deal with. Making freezer meals makes weeknights way less stressful.

One of my favorite Fall freezer meals is Apple Cider Smothered Stuffed Pork Chops.

Apple Cider Sauce Stuffed Pork Chops

Perfect Fall Freezer Meals, apple cider pork chops, apple stuffed pork chops

These easy to prep Apple Cider Smothered Stuffed Pork Chops taste like Fall with every bite. Can something taste like Fall? I don’t know but that’s how I would describe them. Something about the combination of apples, cider, and walnuts — leaves you with a reminiscent of Thanksgiving stuffing.

Perfect Fall Freezer Meals, apple cider pork chops, apple stuffed pork chops

Absolutely delightful.

Perfect Fall Freezer Meals, apple cider pork chops, apple stuffed pork chops

My whole family loves this meal. I especially love being able to prep for less than an hour one day and have several meals waiting for me — for whenever. This is all made possible by my awesome FoodSaver® FM5200 Vacuum Sealing System and FoodSaver® 11″ x 16′ Vacuum Seal Roll, 2 Pack.

Using the FoodSaver® FM5200

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Want to save time and food waste? FoodSaver® is the solution! It allows you to cook ahead and keeps food fresh up to 5x longer (compared to ordinary storage methods). Plus it helps prevent freezer burn by blocking out air! YAY!!

You can pick up FoodSaver® – As seen on TV! at Walmart. Hurry though — this deal won’t last forever!

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Vacuum Sealing the Pork Chops

Turn on the FoodSaver®.

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Insert a roll.

Perfect Fall Freezer Meals, apple cider pork chops, apple stuffed pork chops

Seal one end of the FoodSaver® Vacuum Seal Rolls and add the pork chops. Select the moist setting (or pre-freeze your pork chops) and vacuum seal the bag.

Make sure to leave at least a few inches of space between those fab pork chops and the top of the bag.

Perfect Fall Freezer Meals, apple cider pork chops, apple stuffed pork chops

This meal is also great for freezing some extra herbs and leeks too (remember less waste!).

Perfect Fall Freezer Meals, apple cider pork chops, apple stuffed pork chops

There you have it — a great meal to add to your Fall meal arsenal. I recommend serving these atop mashed potatoes or pureed squash — to really get the full Fall effect. Make sure to head to Walmart’s website to take advantage of their FoodSaver® Rollback offer (9/15 – 12/22).

Perfect Fall Freezer Meals, apple cider pork chops, apple stuffed pork chops

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Perfect Fall Freezer Meals, apple cider pork chops, apple stuffed pork chops
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Apple Cider Smothered Stuffed Pork Chops

Stock your freezer with the most delicious Apple Cider Smothered Stuffed Pork Chops ever. A perfect Fall meal for the whole family!

Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 8 slices of bacon cooked; diced
  • 8 boneless pork chops thick; around 3 lbs
  • salt and pepper

Stuffing

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup leeks sliced
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 2-3 small green apples around 1 cup diced
  • 1/2 tsp sage fresh
  • 1/2 tsp thyme fresh
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Apple Cider Sauce

  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 3 tsp chicken base
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Using scissors, cut bacon into pieces. Sprinkle bacon into the hot skillet and cook for 5-6 minutes or until crispy; stir often. Scoop out bacon pieces; set aside.

  2. In the same skillet, heat the bacon grease over medium heat. Season pork chops with salt and pepper. Add chops to saucepan; cook 2 minutes per side or until a nice sear forms. Remove; set aside in a cool place.

  3. In the same skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add leeks, cook, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes or until tender but not brown. Add garlic, cook, stirring occasionally, 1 minute. Add apples, thyme, sage, salt, and pepper; saute until warmed through. Remove leek apple mixture to a medium-sized bowl; let cool completely. Stir in cheese, bacon, and walnuts.

  4. Place the pork chops on a flat work surface; cut a slit horizontally so the chop has a nice deep pocket. Stuff each chop with 2-3 tablespoons of the stuffing.

  5. Seal one end of the FoodSaver® Vacuum Seal Rolls and add the stuffed pork chops. Select the moist setting (or pre-freeze your pork chops) and vacuum seal the bag. Add two pork chops per bag. 

  6. To the same skillet, add cider, water, and chicken base. Bring to a boil; stirring to loosen browned bits. Reduce heat.; add in cornstarch and vinegar. Simmer 7-10 minutes or until sauce thickens. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Divide sauce into 4 equal portions; freeze until solid.

  7. Seal one end of the FoodSaver® Vacuum Seal Rolls and add the frozen sauce. Select the dry setting and vacuum seal each of the frozen the bag. Do this for each frozen sauce block. 

  8. Store sauce in the freezer with the pork chops.

Cook From Frozen

  1. To cook and serve: If chops are frozen, thaw in refrigerator overnight.

  2. Bake at 350 degrees about 25-30 minutes or until an internal temperature registers 155 degrees.

  3. Meanwhile, warm sauce, over medium heat, on the stovetop until heated through.

  4. Pour sauce over freshly baked pork chops and enjoy!

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Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.

Comments

  1. Oh my goodness! These look DELICIOUS! Thanks for the recipe. I saved it.

  2. I love how you also froze the sauce. That makes it super easy to make these for dinner.

  3. okay wow this sounds amazing!! My husband loves pork chop, I personally could live without them but this recipe sounds amazing and I am saving it so that we can try it

  4. Monidipa Dutta says:

    I loved your way of freezing the sauce. This recipe sounds amazing and I am saving it for later.

  5. Now, this sounds absolutely delicious! The perfect meal for this time of year for sure! An interesting idea to freeze the sauce as well!

  6. I want to get one of these! It must be so convenient to just pull it out of the freezer and cook it!

  7. I never thought about saving food before. I am against food waste as well but I usually only cook the amount of food I am going to eat for dinner. I guess for larger families it does make sense to make and freeze meals in advance.

  8. When my husband is away, I make a lot of freezer meals and prepare them for later. Having easy meals keeps me much more healthy and able to train.

  9. Deborah Salko says:

    I actually don’t eat pork but this definitely makes me want to. Every time I see food posts it makes me feel like I’m really missing out.

  10. Wow, what a neat idea! I usually make extra of whatever and freeze it in a container to thaw/eat later – now that summer’s bounty is over and the freezer is full/school is in session, I’m turning to the freezer lots on weeknights! 🙂

  11. Angela Cardamone @marathonsandmotivation.com says:

    I am all about the freezer meals during the school year, as my family is so busy!! These pork chops looks so amazing…YUM!

  12. David Elliott says:

    My daughter and I were looking for a good recipe with apples in it for the fall and this looks like it’s going to be our winner. This looks pretty delicious. I would love this.

  13. Evelyn Hernandez says:

    We meal prep every Sunday. It save us time and money. It also helps us stay on track with our healthy meals.

  14. We don’t eat pork in our house, but this looks absolutely yum! I bet it would be good to make with chicken too. I might have to try that!

  15. I am about to get some meals in my freezer and I needed some new ones to add to my list! You posted this just in time!

  16. Christy Peeples DuBois says:

    There are several things that come to mind that I so enjoy about fall. First and foremost is for the temperatures to drop to fall like temps which it hasn’t done yet in Mississippi. It’s still getting to 90 degrees everyday. Secondly I can’t wait for the state and county fairs to begin. They are so much fun Also.

    • I hear you! I’m looking forward to cooler temps too. I’m in Texas so the heat gets old here too. Festivals and fairs are super fun! I’m hoping to go to a pumpkin patch soon 🙂

  17. The food saver is a great product. I’ve never heard of stuffed pork chops but these sound amazing.

  18. shannon fowler says:

    I love so much about fall. I love the anticipation of the holiday season, and I love the cooler weather. I also love the earlier sunsets and changing leaves.

  19. I really like the cooler weather when it comes to fall. I also like the holidays and fashion.

  20. Wow! this is a great recipe. Thank you for sharing! Would love to try this over the weekend.

  21. Fall is my favorite season. I love the anticipation of the holidays, and the leaves changing color. It is fun to bring out fall clothes and for it to be cool enough to enjoy snuggling under a fuzzy throw with a good book and tea!

  22. I love to go apple picking in the fall! We have several wonderful orchards in Minnesota and there is nothing better than fresh apples.

  23. I love the sweater weather of fall! Especially when it gets cool enough that Ican drink hot chocolate.

  24. I LOVE freezer meals! My food saver comes in handy for that too. The recipe looks great and easy!

  25. The part I love the most about fall is when all the trees change colors. I also like wrapping myself in my snuggie and watching TV as the days get shorter

  26. Christina Gould says:

    What I love most about fall is the beautiful foliage. I also like the cool weather. Thanks for posting!

  27. Tiffani P. says:

    What I love most about fall is going to the pumpkin patch, celebrating the holidays and eating yummy fall foods like pomegranates and warm apple crisp. I also love the cooler weather and being able to open the windows and feel the breeze.

  28. Rebecca W says:

    I’m loving our cool, drizzly fall weather. The smell of crunchy leaves is in the air. It’s my favorite time of the year!

  29. I love seasonal fall recipes including all things pumpkin spice. And of course football! Roll Tide 🙂

  30. Mya Murphy says:

    I love EVERYTHING about fall!! My birthday, Halloween, weather, haunted houses, baking 💙

  31. Angel Morales says:

    3 cheers for fall colors

  32. Michelle J. says:

    I love pumpkin roll. It is my favorite treat.

  33. Jamie Wilmer says:

    What I love about fall is trying out new recipes to bake. Also I love Halloween, watching football games, anything apples and pumpkin.

  34. Jodi Hunter says:

    I love the cooling of the weather. I love all the family fun activities.

  35. Sandy Klocinski says:

    Layers upon Layers (sweaters, scarves, jackets and hats)

  36. Brittany Potter says:

    I absolutely love Fall! I enjoy the cooler weather and the changing of colors of the leaves! So beautiful! And let’s not forget Halloween! I am a huge fan of all things horror! Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity and amazing giveaway!

  37. Antoinette M says:

    I love the cooler weather. It is great to wear sweaters & boots again.

  38. Cat Horning says:

    I love getting my sweaters down from the top of the closet. But I always do shed a tear when the flip flops have to go away til the spring 🙁

  39. I use my food saver ALL.THE.TIME. I like to buy in bulk and then spit things up before freezing. 🙂

    What are my favorite things about fall? That’s a tough one because it’s definitely not my favorite season, haha. I do like all the colorful leaves, but at the same time, it feels sad that everything is winding down for winter. Brrr….

  40. Living in the Carolinas fall means my favorite-shorts and sweatshirt weather. I also love how my pups get so energized by the cool temperature.

  41. Connie McCullough says:

    Oh, my. This recipe looks delicious. My favorite things about fall are the new scents that come out in coffee, candles, etc., and the leaves. I’m in Spokane, Washington, where the leaves change and fall within just a few short weeks, and I always wish our season were longer.

  42. Michele McDonnell says:

    I really don’t care for pork but this reciepe looks so good that it is something I would love to try but being single I would make enough to feed my mother and myself or enough to feed my bf’s family. Would not make it just for myself normally but looks to good to pass up. Thanks for the share and great advice about the Food Saver System.

  43. Michellle says:

    Now this is what I am having for dinner, bought chops last night and I will let you all know how great they were!!!!!!!

  44. Paula Pennachio says:

    Oh this looks great, a great gift too

  45. Chasta howes says:

    I love the cooler weather. Most of all I love the leaves changing colors and how pretty everything looks

  46. Karen Stanley says:

    Fall is my Favorite Seasons- The Brisk cool air- The trees turning colors are like a painted landscape- I will be going down a old highway this weekend- because predicted to be most brillant.I love drinking hot cocca or hot apple cider in the fall- Using the fireplace. AND MOST IMPORTANT- the Holidays are approaching

  47. I love everything about fall. I don’t like summer heat so I am always happy to see fall arrive. I love football, baking, Halloween, my birthday and so much more.

  48. kathy pease says:

    Oh my these look so delicious. My husband would go nuts over these pork chops.

  49. I would love to try the Foodsaver. I had a similar item a long time ago and somehow lost it when we moved. This recipe sounds delicious, and my family would love having something new on the menu. Sometimes I freeze meals when I have extra time. It’s so handy.

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