Disclosure ~ I was provided a wonderful variety of Bella Sun Luci sun dried tomato products from Mooney Farms in exchange for review. All opinions are mine as I enjoy and try these products.
I literally squealed with delight when I opened my box of products to play with. Oh, what wonderful things my husband and I can do with this! I had no idea such a wide variety of sun dried tomato products were even available. The first thing we did was open the bag of Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomatoes with Italian Basil. We couldn’t stop popping them in our mouth. You could tell right away you could use them as is, and not have to rehydrate them. Unlike the tomatoes that I had dehydrated last summer, these were chewy and sweet and perfect for a quick snack or on top of a salad.
Bella Sun Luci’s website is filled with delectable recipes that I am eager to try. However, the first recipe we are doing is of my own creation. Today’s Sun Dried Tomato Pesto and Goat Cheese Stuffed Pork Chop recipe was made with Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomato Pesto with Whole Pine Nuts. I couldn’t be happier with how the recipe turned out. The tomato pesto sauce has a sweet smoky richness that is very complimentary to the rich tang of the goat cheese.
I can say with utmost confidence, that Bella Sun Luci sun dried tomato line is of high quality. The flavors are rich and sweet as you would expect from Mooney Farms.
4 (6- to 8-oz.) boneless pork chops (1 inch thick)
4 oz. soft goat cheese
1/2 cup Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomato Pesto with Whole Pine Nuts
2 tablespoons olive oil
Montreal type steak seasoning – or Italian seasoning if you prefer.
** Note about salt: When using a Montreal type steak seasoning, no additional salt is required.
1. blend together goat cheese and the pesto sauce in small bowl and set aside.
2. With small knife, butterfly the pork chops by slicing from the outer edge of the chop – almost all the way through as if you were trying to make two thinner chops. Be careful not to cut all the way through. Open like a book. Spread 1/4 of your cheese mixture inside each of the butterflied chops. Close back up! You can also choose to seal your chop with tooth picks. Just remember to remove the tooth picks before serving.
2. Heat large non-stick frying pan. Lightly sprinkle on both sides of pork chops with your Montreal steak seasoning.
3. Pan fry pork in 2 Tablespoons olive oil, covered, over medium-high heat for 8 to 10 minutes each side, turning once. The filling will spill out a bit, creating a bit of a sauce that will coat the chops.
Serve with your favorite side dish and Enjoy!
Sun dried tomato, black olive and goat cheese salad went nicely with the chops!
Look at this awesome variety of sun dried tomato products I was given to try! I was reading the information that was sent to me and was pretty amazed at how healthy sun dried tomatoes are. They have more nutrition per ounce and have 12 times more lycopene than fresh tomatoes. Lycopene is said to help improve your immune function, reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes and asthma. It is also interesting to know that the best way to absorb lycopene into your system effectively is to combine with healthy fats like olive oil. No wonder Mooney Farms is proud to produce such a great product!
Bella Sun Luci – 8.5 oz. Jarred Product
Sun Dried tomato Pesto with Whole Pine Nuts
Bruschetta with Italian Basil – Sun Dried tomato with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sun Dried Tomatoes Tomato Halves with Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Italian Herbs
Sun Dried Julienne Cut with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, tomatoes with Italian Herbs
Bella Sun Luci -3.5 oz. Bag Product
Sun Dried tomatoes with Greek Oregano Basil & Garlic, Julienne Cut
Sun Dried Tomatoes with Zesty Peppers, Julienne Cut
Sun Dried Tomatoes with Italian Basil – Julienne Cut (see salad pic above)
Sun dried tomatoes are incredibly versatile. Look at these amazing recipes! Although my absolute favorite way to enjoy sundried tomatoes is a bruschetta, I plan on trying these recipes from Bella Sun Luci’s website very soon!