Thrimble (Newfoundland’s Lost Recipe)
Although the origin is unknown, Thrimble is a Newfoundland dish made of pork chops (boned or boneless) stuffed with a sweet savoury mixture of apples, cranberries and spices (cinnamon & cloves), sautéed & braised in white wine or chicken stock or baked. This dish was usually served in the fall around Thanksgiving and Christmas time.
Thrimble – (Stuffed Pork Chops)
Preheat oven to 350°F
- 6 boneless pork chops, 3/4 – 1” thick
- 1 sm onion, finely chopped
- ¼ cup butter
- 2 cups apples, peeled & corded – chopped
- 2 cups fresh cranberries, chopped
- 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- Salt & pepper
- 1½ cups bread crumbs, from sliced bread
- ¼ cup vegetable oil, for searing
Using a sharp knife slit pork chops 1 inch horizontally and cut a large pocket within. Season to taste.
In a skillet, low-med heat, sauté onions in butter for approx 5 minutes; add apples, cranberries and spices, cook for another 8-10 minutes. Season to taste. Place mixture in a large bowl and add bread crumbs. Blend well. Let cool to room temperature. Spoon stuffing in each pocket of the pork chop.
In a skillet, med-high heat, quickly sear pork chops in oil on both sides until brown. Place pork chops in an uncovered baking dish and bake for 1½ hours or until internal temperature of stuffed pork chops reaches 160°F. Serve with your favourite side dish and garnish with hot gravy.
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