How Long Do You Bake Stuffed Pork Chops?

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The cooking time for baked stuffed pork chops varies depending on the thickness of the pork chops. For baked stuffed pork chops that are 1 1/4 inches thick, cooking time varies between 35 and 40 minutes at 365 degrees Fahrenheit.

The cooking time of a stuffed pork chop also depends on the amount of stuffing that is used. Too much stuffing not only creates a frustrating cooking experience but requires the pork chops to cook longer. Often, this leads to the pork chop being overcooked. Cooking time does not vary between cooking stuffed pork chops in the oven or on the grill. However, if the pork chops are being baked, they should be left uncovered in the oven. It also helps to brown pork chops in the skillet before placing them in the oven.

Baked pork chops can be secured with toothpicks prior to baking. The toothpicks should be soaked in water to prevent them from catching fire during the cooking process.

In 2011, the USDA lowered its official guidelines for the minimum cooking temperature of pork to just 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Following these cooking guidelines keeps the meat juicy. However, for pork chops to retain even more juices, they should be allowed to rest for a few minutes after cooking. This gives time for the juice to redistribute throughout the pork chop.