These are not your momma’s dry and mealy pork chops (or was that just my momma? hehe sorry mom, I love you). You can cook 1 – 4 chops at a time in the Vortex, just know the time will vary. Also, to get them cooked through and the edges browned nicely, if you are cooking more than 1 tray, there is a bit of flipping involved, but I promise it is worth it.
Vortex Plus Easy Stuffed Pork Chops
Recipe by Lana Horruitiner Perez with a trick or 2 from America’s Test Kitchen
- 1 – 4 inch thick Pork Chops, bone-in
- Salt and Pepper
- Olive Oil
- 6 cups Water
- 1/4 cup Table Salt
- 3/4 cups Brown Sugar
- 1 box Stove Top Stuffing
- 1 1/2 cups Water
- 3 Tbl Butter
- 3 Tbl Raisins or Dried Cranberries (optional)
Equipment: 1 Gallon size Ziploc Bag
Using a sharp pairing knife, cut a small pocket in the side of each of the pork chops. Try to keep the hole about 2 inches wide and through to the back of the chop. Set aside.
In a large mixing jug or bowl dissolve 1/4 cup Table Salt and 3/4 cups brown sugar in 6 cups Water. Whisk well.
Pour the liquid into a Gallon size Ziploc bag. (I like to double the bags, just incase one leaks.) Add the Pork Chops and place in the fridge for 1 hour. (Place the Ziploc bags in a bowl before placing in the fridge for even more protection against leaking. You could probably guess, I have had a leak accident in my fridge and it sucks!)
While the Pork Chops are marinating, prepare the filling.
In a microwave safe bowl with a cover, pour in 1 1/2 cups Water, 3 Tbl Butter or margarine, 3 Tbl Raisins or Dried Cranberries (optional), and Stove Top Stuffing mix. Stir. Cover and place in the microwave for 4 minutes. When done, fluff with a fork and set aside. (If you don’t have a microwave, you can use the directions for making it on the stove.)
After the Pork Chops have marinated for 1 hour, take them out of the marinade and dry them off with a paper towel.
Stuff approximately 2 Tbl of the prepared Stuffing into the Pork Chops.
Spray or brush a small amount of Olive Oil onto both sides of the Pork Chops and sprinkle with Salt and Pepper.
Place 2 Pork Chops on each Vortex Plus Baking Tray.
Make sure the drip tray is at the bottom of the Vortex. Press the “AIRFRY” button and increase the temperature to 370 degree. Set the Time to 25 mins. (If you are only cooking one tray of Pork Chops, Set time to 20 mins.) Press “START” button.
Once the Vortex Plus oven displays “ADD FOOD” place the trays in the following position.
- For cooking only 1 tray (1-2 Pork Chops), place the tray in the middle position.
- For cooking 2 trays (3-4 Pork Chops), place one tray on the very bottom directly on to of the drip tray and the other tray place in the middle position.
Close the door and the Vortex Plus will start automatically.
After 10 minutes of cooking (the display will read 15 mins), use tongs to flip each Pork Chop and then rotate the pans so the lower pan is now in the top position and the middle rack is on the lower position (not on the drip pan but on the lower shelf). Close door and the Vortex Plus oven will continue cooking.
After another 10 minutes (the display will read 5 mins), rotate one more time. (Do not flip each Pork Chop this time, just rotate the trays switching the positions.)
Once the Vortex Plus is done cooking, remove the Pork Chops and serve.