Ranch House Slow Cooked Pork Chops with Roasted Garlic Potatoes

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I’ve tried several recipes for pork chops in the crockpot, and not really been all that impressed.  (A crockpot is a wonderful thing, but a bad recipe in the crockpot always seems to turn out just horrible!)  So, I was a little skeptical about this recipe, but it turned out perfectly!  (In fact, my son called it a “five star meal” . . . yayyy!)  I literally found this recipe on Pinterest at noon, popped my pork chops in the microwave for a minute to defrost, threw them in Mrs. Potts with the rest of the ingredients while they were still half frozen (really!), and sure enough they were just delicious five hours later.

 

 

One question that I had last night on Facebook was about the speed of cooking in a slow cooker.  If you’re like me (and have finally upgraded to a newer model slow cooker), you may notice that recipes tend to cook much faster than they did in the good old days. :) Because I’m home during the day I kind of watch my crockpot to see when it looks like the recipe is about done, and then turn it down to it’s warming setting.  But, especially with poultry it seems very easy to over-cook recipes in the crockpot, so you may want to shorten the time you cook your meat if you do have  a newer model.  Here’s what worked for us. . .

 

Ranch House Slow Cooked Pork Chops With Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes adapted from Picky Palate (whose website I highly recommend checking out . . . there are loads of great recipes over there!)

 

Ingredients

  1. 6 pork chops, 1/2 inch thick On Sale $3.99/lb. at Publix
  2. 1 packet dry Ranch Dressing Seasoning
  3. 10 oz. can cream of chicken soup we actually used two after reading a few comments over HERE, but I think one would probably have made plenty of gravy; Campbell’s Condensed “Great for Cooking” Soup On Sale $1, use $.40/3 Campbell’s Condensed Soups, $.40/4 from 9/11 SS or 9/18 SS
  4. 4 lbs. potatoes, peeled
  5. 5 tbsp. butter or margarine
  6. 6 cloves roasted garlic
  7. 1 1/2 cup warm milk we used skim
  8. 1 tbsp. salt optional, to taste
  9. 1 tsp. fresh cracked pepper optional
Directions (for the pork chops)
  1. Place pork chops, ranch seasoning & soup in slow cooker and heat on high four hours or low six hours.  (Ours cooked on high for four hours, and were even a little frozen when they went in.)
Directions (for the potatoes)
  1. Roast garlic.  To roast the garlic, cover the entire garlic bulb including skin in aluminum foil and bake at 350 for one hour.  Then let cool, remove from skins and mix into a paste to add to your potatoes.  (Read more on how to do this over HERE.  I had never tried it before, but I’m thinkin’ it was the key to making fantastic mashed potatoes, and I’ll definitely try this again the next time we make potatoes!)
  2. While garlic is cooling, cook peeled potatoes in large pot of water for about 15-18 minutes, until ready to mash.  Mash potatoes, then add garlic, salt, and pepper.  Slowly add in milk until the potatoes are the consistency that you’d like them (mine only needed about 1 cup of the milk.)
  3. Add potatoes to plate, then cover with pork chops from slow cooker and use the sauce for your gravy. . . yummmm!
Serve with . . .
Or, Green Giant Canned Vegetables, BOGO $1.29

 

Recipe adapted from  Picky PalateThanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups, and visit $5 Dinner Mom for more bargain meal deals.  If you need a little more menu inspiration, check out the Recipe Index

 

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Comments

  1. Do you think this gravy would go well with chicken?

    • I think it would be fine Kelly – it really was soooooo good (probably my favorite pork chop recipe in the crockpot ever, but it should also be fine w/ chicken!)

  2. This sound so yummy! I have a couple questions though, because I am a nervous cook.:). Do you mix the soup and ranch packet together before adding? Also, are the pork chops boneless or a certain cut? Thanks!

    • Hi Stacey! I think it’ll be fine whether you mix the soup or not (I don’t think I did, but they’ll mix up in the slow cooker as they cook.) I used boneless pork chops, and I promise they’re delicious … don’t be nervous, this is an easy one! Let me know if you all like it :)

  3. Cyndi Licari says:

    when adding the soup do you also add the milk to it.. like it says on the can?

  4. This meal is delicious!!!

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