Welcome to day 4 of #HotSummerEats!
Our blogging event is well underway and there have been so many amazing recipes prepared by my fellow bloggers, and I can't wait to try a few out!
For me, summer isn't just grilling, salads and cocktails because it is also meals that that my family and I can enjoy at home after a big day of activities and we want something hearty. I also like to make summer recipes that use a lot of the ingredients that are bountiful during the summer months. Roasted garlic is a big thing in our house over the summer months because it can go with anything (and makes great butter when corn season rolls around).
Gourmet Garden was kind enough to send participants 17 different herb products (stir-in pastes and lightly dried) for this challenge. I was lucky enough to work Gourmet Garden's product in two previous blog challenges and was thrilled to have a chance to work with the product again. They are so generous and their products are amazing! Gourmet Garden sent bloggers 12 stir-in pastes and 5 lightly dried herbs. I love love the lightly dried herbs because they last 4 weeks after they are opened and keep a great fresh flavor. Check them out of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
Voodoo Chef sent a bottle of Southern Gold BBQ Sauce to get the creative juices flowing. Voodoo Chef is out of Florida and has an amazing line of rubs, seasoning, oils, coffee and sauces. I was really excited to give this sauce a try because one of the main ingredients is mustard. I love mustard and anything marinated in mustard is a winner in my book. Voodoo Chef has other amazing offerings on their website (the Fatboy sauce sounds awesome!!!). Check out Voodoo Chef of Facebook and Twitter!
Like I said before, roasting garlic is something we do all summer, and I knew that roasted garlic would be an awesome partner to the BBQ sauce and the herbs. I added a little bread crumbs to hold everything together and secured the chop with toothpicks prior to baking it in the oven. I loved the flavors of this BBQ sauce and plan on ordering a few more bottles for the summer. The marinade made the pork so tender and the herbs and creamy roasted garlic were a rich and flavorful stuffing.
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4 thick-cut boneless pork chops
1 1/2 cup Voodoo Chef Southern Gold BBQ sauce
4 oz cream cheese, softened
3 heads roasted garlic
4 Tbl grated Parmesan cheese
1 Tbl Gourmet Garden oregano stir-in paste
1 Tbl Gourmet Garden parsley stir-in paste
2 Tbl dried plain bread crumbs
1/4 tsp black pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut off top of garlic heads. Drizzle olive oil into a small baking dish. Place garlic in baking dish. Drizzle garlic with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover baking dish with foil and roast until tender, 45 minutes-1 hour. Cool slightly and squeeze out garlic cloves.
Place pork chops into a large resealable bag and pour in the BBQ sauce. Marinate for at least 4 hours (I like to do at least 8).
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease a baking dish with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, mix together cream cheese, garlic, cheese, herbs, bread crumbs and pepper. Set aside.
Remove pork from bag and cut a large pocket into each pork chop. Spoon stuffing into the pork chops and secure with toothpicks. Pour excess BBQ sauce over the pork chops.
Bake uncovered for 45 minutes or until pork reaches 160 degrees.