As mentioned in the previous post, Saturday was an afternoon of grocery shopping and cooking for my husband and me. While I worked on the Pineapple-Mango Chutney, he was busy creating a pork dish.
Keeping with our plan for finger foods to be eaten at an indoor picnic, we decided that this dish should be able to be eaten in the same manner. Our actual intention was to make a lamb dish, but the store didn’t have any cuts that would have worked well. (I guess being the day before Easter, we should have figured that lamb would be in high demand.) So, we found some thin boneless pork chops that seemed perfect for pinwheels.
With the great cheese counter at this grocery store, we knew they would have goat cheese for part of the filling. We had hoped to combine the cheese with figs, but apparently figs were also a popular item, as they were sold out. Looking around the produce department, I suggested dried apricots, which sounded good to my husband also.
This dish was very simple to make, requiring only 5 ingredients and taking only 10 to 15 minutes to prepare. A little time for baking, a couple minutes to cool, then slice it, and dinner is ready. Enjoyed with the previously mentioned chutney, pita chips and brie, and a glass of Chenin Blanc, this made for a great picnic for adults.
8 – 10 thin sliced boneless pork chops
5 oz. goat cheese
6 – 8 dried apricots, diced
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 cup almond liqueur*
Preheat oven to 425. Place 1 pork chop between layers of plastic wrap, and pound until 1/4-inch thick. Repeat with remaining pork chops, and set aside. In a small bowl, combine cheese, apricots, and seasoning. Divide cheese mixture evenly among pork chops, spreading on top of each piece of pork. Starting at narrow end, roll tightly. Place in an 8 x 8 baking pan, seam side down. Once all pieces are in pan, slowly pour liqueur over pork. Cover with foil, and bake for 20 minutes, or until meat reaches a temperature of 150 when checked with a thermometer. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then cut into 1-inch slices.
*Almond liqueur can be replaced with chicken broth.