Stock your freezer with the most delicious Apple Cider Smothered Stuffed Pork Chops ever. A perfect Fall meal for the whole family!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Store sauce in the freezer with the pork chops.
To cook and serve: If chops are frozen, thaw in refrigerator overnight.
Bake at 350 degrees about 25-30 minutes or until an internal temperature registers 155 degrees.
Meanwhile, warm sauce, over medium heat, on the stovetop until heated through.
Pour sauce over freshly baked pork chops and enjoy!