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Can you grill stuffed pork chops?
Y-E-S, you can, & let me tell you, grilled stuffed pork chops are pretty much as good as it gets! 🙌🏼
These Prosciutto & Asiago Cheese Stuffed Pork Chops are one of my all-time favorite summer meals. Inspired by one of the best-selling entrées we’d feature throughout the summer at the Italian restaurant I worked at after of college, they’re seriously simple to prepare – I promise! I always feel so fancy anytime I serve them, but love how quickly and easily they come together.
High-quality ingredients shine in this recipe – the fundamental of Italian cooking! You’ll stuff bone-in pork chops with thinly sliced prosciutto & asiago cheese, dip them in a simple balsamic marinade, & grill each pork chop for a few minutes per side. The cheese inside melts, creating an ooey-gooey pool throughout the center of the chops, while the pork stays totally juicy & tender thanks to the quick grill time.
This is a summer staple for me – I’ve made this dish countless times every summer for the past 10+ years & everyone I’ve served them to raves about them. Not only do these grilled pork chops have an impressive wow factor (beautiful char marks & gooey melted cheese), they also pack crave-worthy flavor into each bite. Savory prosciutto adds richness, while the balsamic marinade adds a kiss of subtle sweetness. They’re salty, sweet, & mega-flavorful…what’s not to love?!
Grilled Stuffed Pork Chops Recipe Highlights
You’re going to love these grilled stuffed pork chops because they’re…
- SERIOUSLY SIMPLE. With 3 key ingredients & an optional marinade, these cheese-stuffed pork chops take just 30 minutes to make. They’re simple enough for weeknight grilling & they’re perfect for easy summer entertaining!
- MEGA-FLAVORFUL. These juicy grilled pork chops have the perfect balance of flavor – rich & savory prosciutto, subtly sweet balsamic, & gooey melted asiago cheese.
- A TOTAL CROWDPLEASER. Everyone I’ve served them to in the past 10+ years raves about them. They’re beautiful, delicious, & have such wow factor!
Cheesy grilled pork chop perfection. ♡ Read on to learn more about how these stuffed grilled pork chops come together, or jump straight to the recipe & get grilling!
How to Stuff Bone-In Pork Chops:
The trickiest part about making this grilled pork chop recipe is stuffing the pork chops with prosciutto & asiago cheese. It might look intimidating, but it’s incredibly straightforward & you’ll get the hang of it quickly!
Note: Full Recipe Directions, with step-by-step photos, provided in the Recipe Card, below.
How to stuff bone-in pork chops for the grill:
- Prep the prosciutto & asiago cheese: Slice the asiago into thin pieces, about 2 inches in width and no longer than the length of the pork chops. Wrap a piece of thinly sliced prosciutto around the asiago, encasing as much of the cheese as possible. Each prosciutto-wrapped asiago bundle will be stuffed into a bone-in pork chop.
- Cut a pocket into the center of each pork chop: Use a paring knife to cut a slit along the side of the pork chop opposite the bone. Push the knife through, creating a pocket throughout the center of the pork chop. Be careful not to butterfly the pork chops; you want a nice pocket throughout the center to hold the stuffing.
- Stuff the pork chops: Press the prosciutto-wrapped cheese into the pocket of each pork chop. This can be a little awkward, but keep pushing & maneuvering the cheese bundle until it’s situated in the center of the pork chop.
- Marinate: Mix up a quick marinade of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard, garlic, Italian seasoning, & maple syrup (maple adds a touch of sweetness). Submerge the stuffed pork chops in the marinade.
Stuffed Pork Chops FAQs:
- Suggested Marinating Time. ⇢ The balsamic marinade is totally optional, though I never skip it when I make these cheese stuffed pork chops! It’s quick to throw together & it adds a ton of great flavor. You can grill the pork chops immediately, or for maximum flavor, cover & let the pork chops marinate in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- Boneless vs Bone-In Pork Chops. ⇢ You can absolutely prep these grilled stuffed pork chops using boneless or bone-in pork chops. I have a personal preference for bone-in pork chops. The bone also provides a lot of flavor & moisture, which prevents the meal from drying out as it grills. Plus, they make for a beautiful, dramatic presentation!
- Can I Use Thick-Cut Pork Chops? ⇢ While thick-cut chops are fantastic, I suggest opting for thinner cut chops for this particular recipe. It takes much longer to melt the cheese in the center of a thick-cut pork chop, so you run the risk of the pork drying out as it grills. Thin cut, about 3/4-inch, is the way to go!
How to Grill Stuffed Pork Chops
If you’ve never cooked stuffed pork chops on the grill before, let’s walk through the process together. It’s much less intimidating than you might think! Once the pork chops are stuffed, the grill does all the work – that simple.
Note: Full Recipe Directions, with step-by-step photos, provided in the Recipe Card, below.
Here’s what you’ll do…
- Prep the grill. For this pork chop recipe, the ideal grill temperature is between 500-550 degrees F – the ‘medium-high’ setting on my propane grill. To prevent the pork chops from sticking to the grill, be sure to clean the grill grates well once the grill is hot. Simply scrape away any built up debris or food residue.
- Grill. Place the stuffed pork chops directly on the grill grates. Grill for about 3-4 minutes per side, flipping the chops halfway through (6-8 minutes total). When the stuffed pork chops are done, you’ll see beautiful char marks & melted cheese starting to ooze out the side. The best way to check for doneness, though, is with an instant-read thermometer. For flavorful, tender, & safe pork chops, grill until a meat thermometer registers an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.
- Finish with a quick rest (about 3 minutes) to ensure the grilled stuffed pork chops stay nice & juicy. Place them on a large plate, tent with foil, & let sit for a few minutes before serving.
Did you know? ⇢ It is a misconception that pork must be cooked until juices run clear and the meat is white! According to USDA & FDA Food Code standards, because of modern pork production practices, commercial retail pork is safe when cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F, which will be a light blush pink color. Learn more about pork cooking temperature.
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Prosciutto & Asiago Cheese Stuffed Pork Chops Serving Suggestions
Once the stuffed pork chops are grilled to perfection, it’s time to serve!
Serving suggestion. ⇢ When I’m serving guests, I like to cut each pork chop away from the bone & slice them into thin pieces to reveal the cheesy center. Finish with a drizzle of your favorite balsamic glaze or homemade balsamic reduction & a generous sprinkling of fresh herbs or crushed red pepper flakes.
Easy side dishes to serve with grilled stuffed pork chops:
- Pasta, of course! Toss your favorite pasta with a little drizzle of olive oil + balsamic vinegar. I love using orzo here – it’s especially meal prep-friendly!
- Crispy Roasted Mushrooms double as a favorite side dish or add-on to make the dish feel extra special.
- A simple green salad with garden cucumber, tomato, & whatever dressing you love – the PWWB All-Purpose Vinaigrette is always a safe bet & this Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette really accentuates the marinade flavors.
- Your favorite seasonal salad! We LOVE this Grilled Panzanella Salad, a perfect choice considering you’re already using the grill for the stuffed pork chops. This Lemony Grated Zucchini Salad is also a winner!
- And grilled vegetables are always a welcome addition! Grilled Bell Peppers & Grilled Zucchini are perfect seasonal additions to this grilled summertime dinner.
I can’t wait for you to try this Prosciutto & Asiago Cheese Stuffed Pork Chops recipe! It’s been a fan favorite for 10+ years here at the PWWB House, & I know you’ll love them just as much as we do. If you do give these stuffed grilled pork chops a try, be sure to let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating below. You can also snap a photo & tag @playswellwithbutter on Instagram. I LOVE hearing about & seeing your PWWB creations!
Love summer pork recipes? Be sure to try my Must-Have BBQ Pulled Pork, these Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs, or this treasured family recipe for the Best-Ever Kalua Pig. Happy cooking! ♡Print
Grilled Stuffed Pork Chops with Prosciutto & Asiago Cheese
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: Serves 4
- Category: Main Dishes
- Method: Grilling & Smoking
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Gluten Free
Grilled Stuffed Pork Chops are a grilling season showstopper! Bone-in pork chops are stuffed with prosciutto & asiago cheese, seasoned with a quick balsamic marinade, & grilled until the pork is juicy & tender. They’re a restaurant-worthy meal, but they’re so much easier to prepare than they seem – made in just 30 minutes, they’re perfect for weeknight grilling & easy summer entertaining alike!
for the stuffed pork chops:
- 4 bone-in pork chops, roughly 1/2 or 3/4 inches thick (approximately 2 pounds)
- 4 ounces asiago, sliced into 4 strips (approximately 1 1/2-inch wide & 1/4-inch thick)
- 4 pieces thinly sliced prosciutto (approximately 2 ounces)
- kosher salt & ground black pepper, to season
- for serving, as desired: balsamic glaze, fresh basil or oregano, crushed red pepper flakes, etc.
for the quick balsamic marinade:
- 1/4 cup aged balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- kosher salt & ground black pepper, to season
- Preheat the grill for medium-high direct heat grilling, 500-550 degrees F. One hot, clean the grill grates by scraping any residue from them.
- Stuff the pork chops: Using a paring knife, slice a 2-inch lengthwise slit into the pork chop, opposite the bone. Carefully push the paring knife through the slit & into the center of the pork chop, scraping the knife back & forth, creating a pocket inside the pork chop (see photos). Take care to avoid butterflying the pork chop by running the knife all the way through it. Repeat with remaining pork chops. Wrap each piece of asiago with prosciutto, encasing the entire piece of cheese. Gently maneuver a prosciutto-wrapped asiago into the prepared pocket of a pork chop, pushing it as far back as possible such that you can press the incision shut. Repeat with remaining pork chops.
- Quickly marinate the stuffed pork chops: Add the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, maple syrup, mustard, garlic, Italian seasoning. 2 teaspoons kosher salt & ground black pepper as desired to a baking dish or shallow bowl. Stir to combine. Place the stuffed pork chops in the balsamic marinade, turning a few times to ensure they’re coated. Set aside for grilling immediately or cover & marinate in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- Grill the stuffed pork chops: Place the pork chops on the grill grates directly over the flame. Grill 3-4 minutes per side, until the pork is nicely charred or an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the pork chop registers an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. Transfer the pork chops to a large plate or serving platter. Tent with foil & allow to rest for 3-4 minutes before serving.
- Serve the grilled stuffed pork chops upon resting, topped with a drizzle of balsamic glaze, a sprinkling of fresh basil or crushed red pepper flakes, & alongside your favorite summer sides. Enjoy!
- Note: This recipe has been updated since its original publish in June 2018. If you are looking for the original recipe, with a more minimal ingredients list & slightly different instructions, click here to download a printable version!
Keywords: grilled stuffed pork chops, grilled pork chops, cheese stuffed pork chops, bone-in pork chops, easy, grilling recipe, summer recipe, easy entertaining
Recipe & Food Styling by Jess Larson, Plays Well With Butter | Photography by Rachel Cook, Half Acre House.
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I really can’t believe how easy it is to make something this delicious! I prepped the pork chops at lunch time and let them marinate for a couple hours before grilling for dinner. Super easy and unbelievably tasty!
These stuffed pork chops were one of the best things to hit our dining table in a long time. The most difficult part was separating the super thin pieces of prosciutto out of the package (but for real, why is it so difficult?), and the delicious marinade truly takes these to the next level. Feels fancy enough to serve to company, but was totally simple and quick enough to do on a weeknight. Thanks for a great recipe!