These two recipes are going to become your favorite recipes from Gooseberry Patch's Fast Fix Meals if the reaction to them in my house is any indication! While the recipe says "Stuffed Chicken Breasts," this first try was made with pounded pork chops. I made it with chicken for my dad's birthday meal Friday night, and it was just as good, but I didn't have time to take pictures! Here we go:
To make the filling for this meal, I needed 8 oz of garlic/herb cream cheese. I had the basic cream cheese, and ran out the the garden to nip some chives and basil from my herb pot! Wish we had the ability to smell on here!
So I chopped up the chives and tore up the basil, added some powdered garlic because I was out of fresh, and mixed it in the cream cheese.
Now for some therapy! I am not a Pampered Chef salesperson or spokesperson, but I LOVE many of their kitchen gadgets, and this meat tenderizer is awesome. You can unscrew the handle and put the circle pointy side down, but I pounded with the flat side.
I seriously had some demons to exercise, so with a visual image in my head of someone else's head, I pounded away at my piece of pork until it was about twice its original size!
Next you spread the cream cheese mixture on the pork. NOTE! Do not use the knife you are spreading with to go and get the creamed cheese mixture. I had some left over, but if I had used one tool for both steps, the cheese would have been exposed to fresh pork, and you don't want that!
Pick your best sides and roll up the pork.
Wrap with bacon and secure with toothpicks.
Now while this was all going on, I chose a side dish from the Fast Fix book to have with our meal.
For Italian flavored bread crumbs, I just used 1/2 C. Stove Top Stuffing Mix!
I used the freshly washed meat pounder to cruch up the bread crumbs a bit more.
Add 1/2 C. Parmesan Cheese and mix together.
Now you form an assembly line. The recipe calls for four zucchini and one egg, but after quartering all my zuccs, I went with two eggs, and it all came out perfectly even in the end.
These recipes went so well together and were very simple to make. Hope you enjoy!