Thursday, April 12, 2012

Crock Pot Pork Chops

Ranch House Crock Pot Pork Chops with Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

I always love a good crock pot recipe and let me tell you this one is excellent. This recipe comes from Jenny at Picky Plate. Thanks Jenny for sharing this one, it was FABULOUS! I'm constantly looking for ways to make pork tender.  Though I love it, it usually ends up dry and chewy. I knew that cooking this in the crock pot would give tender meat.  This dish was simple to make, but impressive enough you could serve it to company. The ranch dressing in the gravy and the Parmesan and garlic in the potatoes complemented each other well. Delicious!


Ranch House Crock Pot Pork Chops with Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

6 boneless pork chops
2 packets dry Ranch Dressing Seasoning
2 cans Cream of Chicken Soup
4 lbs peeled, cubed potatoes
5 Tablespoons real butter
1 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
6 cloves roasted garlic (directions are below)
1- 1 1/2 Cups warm milk
1 Tablespoon salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper, or to taste

Place pork chops, Ranch seasoning and soup into a medium sized crock pot over high heat for 4 hours or low heat for 6 hours.
Place potatoes into a large pot of cold water. Place onto stove top over high heat and bring to a boil. Once water is boiling, cook for 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. Drain and transfer to the work bowl of a stand or electric mixer. Mix on low until potatoes are mashed then add butter, Parmesan, garlic, milk, salt and pepper. Season to taste if needed. For thinner mashed potatoes add more milk, slowly until your desired consistency.
Scoop mashed potatoes onto serving plates and top with pork chops and soup gravy from crock pot. I put a little parsley on top to serve.

Roasted Garlic
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place bulb of garlic with skins on, wrap lightly in tin foil and bake for 1 hour. Remove from foil and let cool for 15 minutes. Remove garlic from skins, place in a bowl and mash with a fork until completely mashed. Set aside. One garlic bulb will have around 12 cloves.

 

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