Baked Pork Chops with Cheese

  • Yield 6 servings

"This entree is my very favorite to serve for a dinner party. I prepare it ahead of time. Because it does not take long to bake, I put it in the oven while my guests are enjoying their appetizers."

Ingredients

6 pork chops, about 6 ounces each
2 tablespoons butter
12 bay leaves, preferably fresh
6 thin slices baked ham
2 tablespoons fresh sage
1 cup Gruyere or Swiss cheese, shredded or sliced
3/8 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Brown chops in butter for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and pour off juices into a casserole dish.
  3. Line the dish with bay leaves. Put chops on top of bay leaves and cover each chop with a slice of ham. Finely chop the sage and sprinkle over ham.
  4. Sprinkle cheese over sage, cover casserole, and bake 25 minutes.
  5. Season with pepper before serving.

Tips From Our Test Kitchen: Steamed vegetables make a super side dish. A sprig of sage is the perfect garnish for the pork chops.

Kathie Baczynski, San Diego, Calif.

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