Fig and Gran Canaria®-Stuffed Pork Chops

Wisconsin Cheese Fig and Gran Canaria®-Stuffed Pork Chops Recipe
Active Time
45 Minutes


Fig Sauce:


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


  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Bring the wine, dried figs and apricots to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, for 5-6 minutes or until wine is reduced by half, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat. Cool slightly. Stir in bread crumbs and sage. Add Gran Canaria®; toss to combine.
  3. 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 fig mixture; secure with toothpicks.
  4. Place pork chops on a greased 15 x 10-inch baking pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into meat reads 145°F. Tent with aluminum foil. Let rest for at least 5 minutes. Discard toothpicks.

Fig Sauce:

  1. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallot; cook and stir for 4-5 minutes or until shallot is tender. Add chicken broth and balsamic vinegar. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat; stir in dried figs. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 5-7 minutes longer or until liquid is reduced to about 1 cup.
  2. Reduce heat to low. Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl until smooth; stir into sauce. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Remove from the heat. Gradually stir in Gran Canaria® until melted. Season with salt and pepper. Serve sauce with pork chops.

Recipe Tips

This recipe was tested with sauvignon blanc wine. | Several Wisconsin cheesemakers craft mixed milk cheeses that may also work in this recipe.

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.

Carr Valley’s Gran Canaria® was named Overall Best USA Cheese in the 2022 International Cheese & Dairy Awards. This mixed milk cheese is made from goat, sheep and cow milk. It’s an olive oil-cured specialty aged for at least two years. One bite, and you’ll experience its intense fruity, nutty, sweet and pungent flavors all at once.

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