Cherry and Apple Giant Stuffed Pork Chops

I feel bloated. What the fudge. I haven’t even had any fudge as of late. Maybe it’s because I had a smoothie yesterday. Why does fruit make me bloat. Damn you fruit, damn you to hell.

All I want is the sweet potato tots from Sonic. Damn commercial, damn you to hell.

Speaking of tots, I need to back off some of those. I have multiple vacations planned for this summer, almost all include swimsuits. New swimsuits. So I’d appreciate it if they fit. So I’ve made a plan. Ever since I stopped competing and became more social, my life has included more delicious food and alcoholic beverages, aka fun times. Which I’m totally cool with. BUT, before I try to pull plastic wrap like bottoms over my tush, I need to tighten it up a bit. Raise and poke. Who doesn’t want a bum that pokes out. That sounds weird.

Anywho, my plan includes more GHD sit ups, more running, less sugar in the form of naughty treats AND fruit, and only drinking once a week and eating one cheat meal a week. I feel like those two things will go hand-in-hand. But being antisocial just ain’t gonna work for me, so hopefully the plan works. Since I started this plan on Monday, I’ve already had fruit. In smoothie form. Damnit. But the man in my life makes really good ones. AND I’ve had some sugar in honey form. Damnit. But I gotta taste my 2nd cookbook meals that I’m creating. Stupid blog, you make me bloat. Wow, look at me making excuses for myself. Get your sh*t together JB, you disappoint me.

I can say one thing, I am super excited for my cheat day on Saturday. I don’t really consider the things I eat cheats, but since starting this plan, they feel more naughty. Like this Saturday. It’s my friend Kam’s birthday, so we are starting off with a CrossFit workout, then we are going to go run Red Rocks, then have bloody mary’s to celebrate our health. Makes so much sense. Either way, we are doing everything we love in one day: working out, playing outside, drinking fun drinks, eating delicious food, and hanging out with cool people. AND THEN, it’s my friend Beth’s birthday that night. Oh hells yeah. Looks like I’m going to have lots to talk about next week in my blog.

What’s your plan to fit into your ittybittyteenyweenyyellowpolkadotbikini?


Cherry and Apple Giant Stuffed Pork Chops

  • Yield: 3 1x


  • 3 bone-in, thick cut pork chops
  • 1 sweet potato or yam, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 apple, cored and diced
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • ½ cup red cherries, seeded and cut in half (I used frozen sine they are not in season)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 tablespoons bacon fat
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 405 degrees.
  2. Cut sweet potato in half lengthwise, and place cut side down onto a baking sheet.
  3. Bake sweet potato for 20-25 minutes until completely soft. Once you pull the sweet potatoes out, turn oven down to 375 degrees. Let sweet potatoes cool, then remove the sweet potato from the skin and mash with a fork in the a bowl.
  4. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat, then toss 2 garlic cloves. Once garlic becomes fragrant, add in the apple and onion.
  5. When onion becomes translucent, add in halved cherries, apples, along with the mashed sweet potato, cinnamon, garlic powder, ground cloves, and a bit of salt and pepper. Mix well until you have a big mess of goodness. Place goodness in a separate bowl and keep skillet over medium-high heat.
  6. Salt and pepper both sides of the pork chops, then take a knife to cut the meat side of the pork chop, trying to create a pocket. Imagine you are cutting a pita pocket to stuff it with goodness, same thing with the pork chop. Use your knife to dig as deep as you can in the middle of the pork chop, making sure not to cut fully through it.
  7. Stuff each pork chop with the sweet potato mash.
  8. Add 2 more tablespoons of bacon fat to the pan, then add the pork chops (making sure not to crowd the pan).
  9. Sear pork chops on both sides for 4-5 minutes, turning them carefully so all the goodness doesn’t fall out.
  10. After the pork chops are seared on both sides, place directly in the oven and baking for 6-8 minutes, until completely cooked through.
  11. Remove from oven and let sit for 2-3 minutes.
  12. Eat up buttercup.

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54 thoughts on “Cherry and Apple Giant Stuffed Pork Chops”

  1. Just a heads up that your print button has not been working the past few recipes. It only prints the header. I tried it in Mozilla and IE.
    Of course I might have shorted out my keyboard drooling on it. Who knows.

  2. I recommend cutting back on your sodium – it’ll help immensely with bloating. So limit those delicious salty meats like chorizo, sausage and bacon, etc. Everytime I see 405 degrees it still cracks me up – such a random temp, love it 🙂

  3. This looks stupid delicious!!!! Thank you for feeding me!! If it wasn’t for your blog, I’d be fat and hungry all the time…
    Plan for fitting into my itty bitty bikini: Tri season!! I’m going to kill itthis year!

  4. This looks stupid delicious!!!! Thank you for feeding me!! If it wasn’t for your blog, I’d be fat and hungry all the time…
    Plan for fitting into my itty bitty bikini: Tri season!! I’m going to kill it this year!

  5. I just want to start by saying your body, you do what you want to it. But coming from my own experience I can say that when you restrict healthy foods (aka fruit), you make your body unfamiliar with them. I found that I could have lots of fruit and never gain weight or bloat, and then when I stopped eating it so much I would suddenly pack on the pounds. I’m not saying that you should eat something super sugary just for the hell of it, but with something like fruit where there are so many nutrients it might be worth seeing if your body readjusts to them.

    1. I’ve done the 21 day sugar detox before and actually lost weight from cutting out fruit. and adding it back in my diet did nothing really. i like cutting it out because i lean out more. you can get all the same nutrients of fruit from vegetables, but without all the sugar. it’s great!

  6. I’m totally making these for my boyfriend next week…in exchange for him making me his famous bleu cheese stuffed steaks (I will never give up cheese!).

  7. Fruit makes me bloat too.. Its the fructose content for me. Anything like honey or fruits that are higher in fructose than glucose and I look 6 months pregnant. I eat paleo plus low fodmap to avoid foods that cause problems. Like for fruit I can eat pineapple, most berries and oranges pretty safely in moderation. In fact I’m looking forward to making the pineapple burgers this weekend!

  8. i struggle with this bad. considering my job in the air force, we drink a lot, especially fridays after work. i feel so incredibly lame turning down a red solo cup mixed with God gift to human but then again that concoction makes me flappy. meh.. i cant say no so flappy it is.

  9. First of all, GOSH those look amazing. I love when things are stuffed until they spill out. I also love pig/fruit combo so I can’t wait to make these… plus the bf doesn’t like sweet potato so guess I won’t have to share with him… 🙂

    My plan for bikini season? Lift heavy things, cut out nuts, cut back on fruit (until it is in season in MN) and hope for the best!

  10. I will convince my husband to make these this weekend! Lifting all the time and running means I need awesome Paleo food to shove in my face and not get stuck eating crap. Thanks for yet another yumlicious recipe!

  11. Question: i feel like form your blogs we have similar body type responses to food ha… what intensity do you run at…. distance? HIIT..?

      1. it’s okay ha. HIIT– high intensity interval training ! I clearly cannot type so yeah that post did not make much sense but you answered my question, thank you!

  12. HIIT= High intensity interval training. When you work really hard for a short period of time, and then work at a moderate pace for a short period, giving yourself a “break” in between. You continue this for however long you want to work out for. It’s supposed to burn more calories than working at the same consistent pace.

  13. To fit in my bikini this summer I’m trying the 21 day detox…But I keep messing up on weekends! And I keep looking through blogs to find Paleo recipes and always end up in the Sweets section. Anyways, Thanks for your awesome recipes! My boyfriend and I love you for them!

  14. I’m a dork and had to go look it up: “High intensity interval training” Blech. lol.

    OK, so I turn 40 next year (WTF?!??!?!) and have decided if I have to age, i’m doing it in the Bahamas! So March I’m hitting up Atlantis, and I DO NOT want to be sitting there wishing I had done something NOW to be swimsuit ready.

    So the plan for me is to be soooo much better about Paleo eating, which is what allowed me to reach my goal weight. Veering away from it has caused a 15lb gain and an overall jiggly feeling I’m not digging at all. I teach fitness classes, so that’s all good, but I am going to get serious again about running, and do another half marathon (first one was last year.)

    Fingers crossed!

  15. I’m making these Saturday night! YAY! I’ve started Crossfit and Paleo to fit into my itty bitty bikini. I’m 44 and YES I do still wear a bikini lol. That being said, it’s my pool and if you don’t like my bikini go hang out at your own pool LOL!

  16. Juli-

    Solid work yet again. My girlfriend, who has emailed you before praising your successes, doesn’t typically like pork in any form but bacon. But I told her this was a Juli B joint, so she gave it a shot. Low and behold, another meal added to the list for future paleo dinners.
    Thanks for putting this up, thanks for responding to her previously, and keep the good meals coming.

  17. I’m starting Whole30 tomorrow.

    I’m thinking this might be more of a second-half-of-the-program-once-the-sugar-DTs-stop kind of meal, for me, but your blog in general has given me hope that maybe this next month won’t be the dietary death march I’ve been envisioning. That maybe there is life after evicting 4 boxes of Thin Mints from your freezer.

    So thanks for that.

  18. Juli, you crack me up. You make me want to jump on a plane to CO to hang out and stuff our faces with PaleOMG goodness.

  19. Sugar is the devil, but I have a hell of a time removing it from my diet! I mean, I don’t eat processed sugars, but fruits are tough. Dates and bananas are my one true love…I’ve started working on eating low sugar fruits (grapefruit, melon) and eating the high sugar fruits eaaaarly in the day. Like right when I wake up, so the sugars are able to be processed during my workout or throughout the day. But, I do need to watch those buggers…head straight to your saddle bags and pooch.

  20. I am such a sucker for smoothies but I’m also watching my sugar intake of late. But I did create a delicious smoothie that is SO SMOOTH and has no fruit, save for a squeeze of lemon. I’ll share it with you: 1 stalk celery, 1 stalk fennel, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 cucumber (peeled), coconut water, tons of baby spinach, ice, juice of 1/2 a lemon, all whizzed together in the Blendtec. It’s delish.

  21. I am making these right now for dinner tonight… they smell and look amazing!!!!!! I’m training for a marathon in may and started gaining tons of weight from eating everything a 500lb man would eat… Started Paleo about a month ago and I’ve lost 10lbs and feel fantastic with the help of your recipes!!! Love it!! Thanks so much!! 🙂

  22. Made these the other night. Couldn’t find cherries, so I substituted a plum. Turned out super delish!!

  23. I have been wayyyy to lenient recently with what I am eating. I get bloated so easily and yet I will still randomly eat too much of a good thing or just eat something that I know is bad, might not even taste that great, but I get some satisfaction from knowing its bad, logical? No? I am going to just focus on saving pennies for vacations and eating all my meals at home and not buying food outside of my grocery run!

  24. I’m apparently the first one to spot what I’m nearly certain is a typo.

    …4 tablespoons bacon fat
    4. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the bacon fat, then toss 2 garlic cloves.
    8. Add 2 more tablespoons of bacon fat to the pan, then add the pork chops”

    ——-Did you mean in step 4 to add ONLY 2 tablespoons to that skillet? So the recipe uses 4 tablespoons *TOTAL*?
    In which case, step 4 needs to be updated and the ingredients list should also say, “4 tablespoons, divided.” (Well, either that or the ingredients list should say “6 tablespoons bacon fat, divided.”)

    We made these last night & the flavor was decent, but the stuffing was a bit too greasy, and I’m willing to bet you meant only 4 TBS total.

    Thanks, as always!!

    1. sorry that wasn’t super clear meg. 2 tablespoons for the stuffing ingredients, 2 more for the pork chops. i’ll change that asap!

  25. Can’t wait to try this, it looks delicious ! Do you add the diced apples in at the same time as the cherries ? Forgive me if I missed it in the recipe but I swear I read it like 5 times and did not see.

  26. This sounds amazing, but one thing I’ve been a bit confused about is the bacon fat. How…why… that healthy?? Also I don’t quite get how bacon is bueno either… I’m relatively new to paleo, as in I’ve been doing it for like, three maybe four days now and the bacon thing, especially regarding the fat doesn’t (yet?) make sense to me. Oh, and what about the sugars in the fruits included in this? Do they cook out a little or something? Or is it just one of those “in moderation” dishes?

    Can’t wait to hear back! I really wanna try this one and like, every other one you have too lol

  27. Personally, I can’t cut out fruits – they’re too much of a staple in my new bread-free diet. I never wear bikinis (never had the body for it), but I’ve been eating paleo since the beginning of february (made a number of your recipes – all amazing!), and have lost almost 15 lbs. Went summer/Easter dress shopping yesterday and was so excited that my normal size was big on me! Also started doing some beginner cross-fit workouts last week, and they’re definitely already helping! Lots and lots of air squats for the butt 🙂

    Also, showed these to my bf last night – we’re so excited to make them soon!

  28. As always, so so so good. Made exactly as written b/c with Juli, you KNOW its going to be amazeballs!

  29. I made this tonight and loved it! I have to say that I suck at this whole stuffed genre. When I’m supposed to make a pocket in steak, chicken or pork, I just end up making holes… Oh well, it still tastes good in the end. I had twice as much stuffing as needed, but who cares!

    One random pet peeve just for the sake of ranting: Seriously people, If you don’t make it, don’t rate it. I know Juli’s recipes rock, and I know they look good, but when I look through to see what people have done to change it or question about it, I don’t want to read, “looks great 5 stars.” I know I’m a brat, but I feel better now letting it out. grrr

  30. I just came across this and made it! It’s delicious. I happen to live in a place where pork is hard to come by, so I only had thin slices of pork. I ended up just putting the heavenly mixture on top and baking it. Happiness achieved. I can’t wait to be back in America so I can get some coconut flour, almond flour, etc and make some of your yummy treats!

  31. This was beyond good, but I overcooked mine. Did I misunderstand the sear – I cooked 4-5 minutes each side (8-10 total) , but should it have been a total of 4-5 minutes (2 each side)? Even overcooked they were good enough to make it into the recipe box.

    1. it really depends on the thickness. the chops i had were really thick, but it all depends how thick they are. a little less time for yours probably would have been good

  32. Your recipes add so much joy into my life – I can’t even tell you!!! I’ve been on a candida cleanse for like 4 months now annnnd my doctor says that I may just need to eat this way for the rest of my life — so, that means I’ve gotta find a way to make food fun and tasty. I can’t thank you enough!

    You should check out the following site about candida. It may help your bloating:

  33. This is literally the most delicious pork recipe I have ever tried in my life. So glad I discovered your blog on my recent switch to paleo!

  34. You are RIDICULOUS! Haha! Thank you SO much for your delicious recipes.. We made this pork recipe tonite and my boyfriend can’t help but dive in for seconds 🙂 A new fave for us!

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