In this latest "Cooking with Fighters" feature, we get a delicious recipe from UFC middleweight standout, Lorenz Larkin. It's not for those wanting to maintain a strict diet, so if you're counting calories, this is definitely not for you. However, if you're a dedicated foodie looking for new taste adventures, get your cloud space ready (or index cards if you're old school), because this one is a keeper.
Lorenz doesn't have a "handed down through generations of family" story to go with this dish. It's something he saw on the Food Network, of which he is a big fan. Without any further ado, I present to you Larkin's mozzarella stuffed pork chops.
Unfortunately, Lorenz didn't have a photo of the dish, but he will be sending me one to update this post with after his fight today. I found a nice image for our readers via Flickr, though, which you can view here.
4 thick center cut pork chops
seasoned flour (Lorenz uses Lawry's seasoning)
herbs (garlic, basil or whatever your preference is)
You take the chops and slice them open to make pockets to stuff the cheese in. I cut the mozzarella from a block into manageable pieces and stuff it in the pork chops. You can put fresh herbs or garlic, sun dried tomatoes, whatever you want in there, as well.
After they are all stuffed, I get toothpicks to secure the pockets closed. Dredge them in some seasoned flour and fry them on both sides just until they turn a little brown in some vegetable oil. I'd say about 3 minutes for each side, and then I put them in a preheated oven, 350 degrees for another 20 minutes or so. I normally have a side of macaroni and cheese and some cornbread with these.
What does Lorenz wash down his fantastic meal with? Pepsi.
You can follow Lorenz via his Twitter account, @da_monsoon