Monday, April 9, 2012

Slow Cooker Ranch Pork Chops

To say that my cooking methods have evolved since I've had kids is putting it nicely. Before kiddos, I would have frowned upon using this many convenience foods - a dry mix AND a can of condensed soup? Unbelievable.

And now, today, this is where I am. I will take the shortcut. And that's OK. It allows me to leave swimming lessons at 5:10, drive 20 minutes home and still be eating by 5:45, all the while avoiding the stealthy call of McDonalds. Plus, the prep time to put this dinner together can happen at 9 am when I am still somewhat caffeinated, and only take 5 to 10 minutes. That sounds like a winner to me.

I used bone-in pork chops, because that's what I found on sale. I browned them in a skillet before putting them into the slow cooker, but I don't think that's necessary. I added one can-ful of water, and I think next time I'll only add a half a can or less. The "gravy" was a little runny.

Serve with mashed potatoes, and pour of little of the "gravy" on top. Good stuff. I think that's about all my four year old ate for dinner was the mashed potatoes and gravy...and he even asked for seconds!

This was such a slam dunk dinner that I was shocked. My husband took dinner leftovers for lunch to work the next day...and he very rarely likes to reheat things at work. That alone is a huge compliment.

Slow Cooker Ranch Pork Chops
recipe adapted from Living Laughing and Loving

approx 2 pounds pork chops (bone-in or boneless)
1 oz dry ranch seasoning dry mix packet
1 (10.75 oz) can Cream of Chicken plus 1 can water

Combine all three ingredients in the crockpot and mix well.   Cook on low for 4-6 hours.

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