Stuffed Citrus Pork Chop

It’s grill season again.  We love grill season in our home.  Lately we’ve been looking for new ways to grill and this was a recipe we came up with.  This variation on Bobby Flay’s Butterflied Cuban Style Pork Chops was delicious.  We beefed up the lime and orange juices, added a little more cumin and substituted dried oregano for the fresh (as it’s what we had).   We will definitely be making this again.

Stuffed Citrus Pork Chop
Serves 8  


  • 2 1/2 c orange juice
  • 1 1/2 c lime juice
  • 3 heaping tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 c canola oil
  • 8 cloves of garlic (roughly chopped)
  • 8 butterflied pork chops (trimmed)
  • 16 slices of reduced fat swiss cheese
  • 16 slices of deli ham (preferably nitrate free)
  • 16 baby dill pickles cut into 4 slices each.
  • Salt and pepper
  • Combine the orange juice, lime juice, oregano, cumin, canola oil and garlic in a large bowl.  Whisk until well combined.  Set aside. 
  • Pound the pork chops until they are very thin (about 1/2″) and place in the citrus mixture.  Marinate for at least an hour or overnight in the fridge. 
  • As you remove pork from the mixture lightly season the outside with salt and pepper. 
  • Lay the pork flat and layer one piece of swiss cheese, the ham, the pickles and anther piece of cheese on the bottom side.  
  • Fold the top over and place on your tray to take outside.
  • Once they’re all assembled grill them on high for roughly five minutes a side (depending on the power of your grill) until they are cooked through. 
Extra Information:
  • These are delicious with fresh greens and asparagus.  
  • Get a meat tenderizer/pounder if you can.  Ideally you want to have as even a piece as possible and this makes it possible.  The first time we made this I didn’t have one and it was a little difficult (but not impossible).  I found one on sale while shopping last week and it made a world of difference compared to the rolling pin I used before.


3 responses to “Stuffed Citrus Pork Chop

  1. Well, here’s the verdict: I want to come eat at your house! All your recipes look so amazing. And, this is something I never in a million years would have thought of trying. We don’t eat a whole lot of pork other than in the form of ham or pork n’ sauerkraut. This just sounds awesome. And, everything tastes better on the grill too!

    • Thank you! I love to cook, bake, grill and eat! It’s a bit of a problem when you’re trying to lose weight – LOL!
      We’re big fans of pork around here, in fact we’re having pulled pork tonight!

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