Monday, March 30, 2015

Pork Chops (and Applesauce?)

Recently, SoBA did a project at school, where he identified certain aspects of his family.  When it was requested what his favorite meal was - he wrote down pork chops. This was news to Mrs. BA and I.  We've had them before, but didn't realize they were at the top of SoBA's menu items..

So then I saw this list on BuzzFeed of 23 Budget Friendly Pork Chop Recipes and decided I may need to work some of them into the rotation.  Here's my favorite of the list.

Crockpot Pork Chops with Creamy Herb Sauce
Via the Crockpot Gourmet
Serves: 4-6

  • 2 pounds pork loin chops
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 1 tablespoon butter 
  • ½ small yellow onion, diced (or about ¼ cup) 
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme 
  • ½ teaspoon salt 
  • ½ teaspoon dried mustard powder 
  • ⅛ (or up to ¼) teaspoon pepper, depending on taste 
  • 1½ cup chicken broth 
  • ¾ cup heavy cream 
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch 
  • 1 teaspoon freeze dried parsley 
  • 1 teaspoon freeze dried basil 

  1. Sprinkle each side of pork chops with thyme, salt, pepper and mustard 
  2. In large skillet over medium high heat melt butter with olive oil 
  3. Add onion and garlic and saute for about 2 minutes 
  4. Move onions and garlic to side of pan and add seasoned pork chops 
  5. Saute for about 2 minutes on each side until lightly browned 
  6. Transfer contents of pan to slow cooker 
  7. Add chicken broth 
  8. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 
  9. Remove pork chops and cover to keep warm 
  10. Add cream to slow cooker and whisk 
  11. To thicken sauce pour into small saucepan and whisk in 1 tablespoon cornstarch 
  12. Bring to a boil for 2-3 minutes until thickened to desired consistency 
  13. Add additional salt and pepper to taste 
  14. Pour over pork chops and garnish with freeze dried herbs

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