Savory Havarti-Stuffed Pork Chops

Wisconsin Cheese Savory Havarti-Stuffed Pork Chops Recipe
Active Time
35 Minutes



Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Havarti can be used in this recipe.


  1. Fry bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings.
  2. Cook and stir spinach in bacon drippings in the same pan over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until wilted. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat. Cool completely. Stir in havarti and bacon.
  3. Grease grill grate. Heat grill to medium-high.
  4. Cut a pocket into each pork chop with a sharp knife horizontally to within a 1/4 inch of the bone. Season with salt and pepper. Stuff each pork chop with spinach mixture; secure with toothpicks.
  5. Grill pork chops, covered, over medium-high heat for 8 minutes. Brush pork chops with pesto. Flip pork chops, brushing with pesto on each side. Grill, covered, for 7-8 minutes longer or until a thermometer inserted into meat reads 145°F.
  6. Transfer pork chops to a serving platter; tent with aluminum foil. Let rest for 5 minutes. Remove toothpicks before serving.

Cheesemonger Tip

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Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

This havarti cheese is mild and creamy with a rich, buttery and slightly tangy taste. It’s delicious paired with a crisp white wine or Riesling.

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