This one is made up on the fly! I thawed some pork chops, and started looking in the fridge for things to stuff it with. I had some fresh basil I needed to use, came across the feta, and remembered I had some almonds. Added a few other ingredients, stuffed 'em, and baked 'em. They have sort of a Mediterranean flair. Soooo good!
2Pat pork chops dry. Trim off excess fat around edges. Holding palm of one hand firmly flat on top of a chop, use a sharp knife with a sweeping motion to split the chop horizontally and form a pocket. Take care not to cut thru the back or sides or bottom of the chop. Repeat w/ second chop. Set aside on a platter.
3In a med. bowl, mix together the feta, lemon zest, chopped almonds, basil, craisins, dijon, & thyme. Stir to blend well.
4Stuff the mixture into each chop, pressing it deep into the pocket. Place chops back onto platter.
5Spread apricot preserves on top of each chop. Then sprinkle with the unseasoned bread crumbs, pressing the bread crumbs into the preserves. Spritz the top of the crumbs w/ spray butter or spray canola oil.
6Spray a baking dish with PAM or canola oil. Using a large spatula, transfer the chops from the platter to the prepared baking dish. (If you put the chops into the baking dish before sprinkling the bread crumbs on top, you'll have a mess of bread crumbs in the bottom of the dish that might burn, once you bake the chops).
7Bake chops for 35 - 40 minutes, testing for doneness when thermometer inserted into meat reaches 170° (don't put thermometer into the stuffing; you want to read the MEAT temperature).
8Remove chops from oven when done, and let them sit for just a few minutes, so the stuffing will set up & cool a bit.