3.21.2013

recipe: tangy slow cooker pork chops

Some weeks I have a meal plan all set. Others, I have a vague idea and then kind of wing it day by day with the proteins and staples we have on hand. This week I'm winging it.

After feeding the boys breakfast this morning, I opened the fridge and the cupboards to brainstorm for dinner. I had a package of boneless center cut pork chops in the fridge but, no ideas. Asking my moms Facebook group for suggestions resulted in several delicious recipes but, I didn't have all of the ingredients for a single one.

{insert improvisation}

One of the shared links was for a pork roast, cooked in the crock pot with sweet potatoes, onion and apple. No sweet potatoes here and only the chops but, I did have apples and onion. Rummaging through the veggie drawer I discovered a bag of carrots. This could work. Back to the cupboard, I looked through my seasoning packets. The ingredients listed on a McCormick envelope of Pot Roast seasoning sounded promising. Since the packet contained brown sugar, I decided to play that up, always a great pairing with apples and pork. The result? Fantastic. The pork chops were fork tender, yet held their shape. The vegetable and fruit mixture was tangy with just a hint of sweetness, a perfect complement to the chops. Easy prep and heavenly scents wafting through the house all day were bonuses. Mr. Boom and I both loved this dish, served with a side of stuffing.

Step 1: Chop up the carrots, onions and apples. Toss in the bottom of the crock.
Step 2: Whisk together the seasoning packet, brown sugar and liquids.
Step 3: Place chops on top of the chopped veggies and apples. Pour sauce mixture on top. Cook on LOW 6-8 hours.
 The delicious end result...
Tangy Slow Cooker Pork Chops

6-8 carrots, chopped
2 medium sweet onions, roughly chopped
2 green apples, cut in wedges

1 packet McCormick Savory Pot Roast Seasoning
3 heaping tsp brown sugar
1 dash worcestershire sauce
1 cup water

2-3 pounds boneless center cut pork chops (I used 2.6 pounds = seven 3/4" thick chops)

Add first three ingredients (vegetables through apple) to bottom of the crock. Arrange pork chops on top of veggies and apples. Whisk together seasonings in a small bowl, pour over chops. Cook on LOW 6-8 hours.

8 comments:

Derby_Newbie said...

I'm not normally a chops fan, but hubby is. This sounds like one I would actually try. Did the apples get soft and mushy like apple sauce or did they stay chunky?

Amy McVey said...

Loved the cranberry chicken recipe. Have this one cooking right now and it smells wonderful. Thanks for sharing these recipes.

Mrs. Boom said...

The apples pretty much dissolved. If I'd quartered them rather than cutting in small wedges they probably would have held up a bit more. Since I added them mainly for moisture and flavor, it didn't bother me any :)

Mrs. Boom said...

Amy, I hope you enjoyed the dish!!

Amy McVey said...

Another very successful meal...my family loved it. Thank you so much! I love adding crock pot recipes that my family loves (gives me more time for family time, as well as time for being crafty ;))

nfaband said...

Sounds delicious Jen, thanks for sharing.

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Jen Wright said...

We made these and it was out of this world delicious. We are gluten-free and so we made our own seasoning packet if anyone's interested I posted it here...https://www.facebook.com/notes/jen-wright/pot-roast-seasoning-mix-fake-mccormicks/10152858960130215

We fought over this at dinner. Even my 6yr old was making yummy noises with every bite. He LOVES carrots both raw and cooked so this was a winner!
Thank you!!! I liked the apples dissolving because I think its what gave this subtle sweetness that didn't overpower the dish.
Hugs!
Jen

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