Hands-on time: 24 min., Total time: 24 min., Serves 4 (serving size: 1 stuffed pork chop and 4 pear wedges).

4 (4-ounce) boneless center-cut loin pork chops, trimmed
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons butter
1 ripe pear, cored and cut into 16 wedges
1 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 400.

Cut a horizontal slit through thickest portion of each pork chop to form a pocket. Stuff 2 tablespoons crumblcd blue cheese into each pocket. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper evenly over both sides of pork. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add pork to pan; sauté for 3  minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove pork from pan, and let stand for 5 minutes.

Melt butter in pan; swirl to coat.  Add pear. Sauté 4 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Serve with pork.

 

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