Friday, January 14, 2011

Crock Pot Smothered Pork Chops

Sometimes you have no idea how popular a recipe will be. The one recipe that you think everyone will love barely gets any attention and the one that you think may not be appealing to the masses ends up being a hit. You never can tell sometimes. Such is the case with this next recipe. It's one of those recipes that is so easy, you think people may not look twice at it because the ingredients are so simple, but man, it is so good! Like lip-smackin', call yo Momma good!  Throw some steamed veggies on your plate (I like those microwaveable steamer bag kind, helps keep the clean up down to a minimum) and some mashed taters (for the gravy, of course) and you got a meal that is worth comin' home from work early for.
Ingredients:
4 bone-in pork chops (or boneless)
1 envelope onion soup mix (1 oz. packet)
1 (14 oz.) can chicken broth (lower sodium)
1 can (10.5 oz.) cream of chicken Soup (low Sodium)
1 envelope dry pork gravy mix (1 oz. packet)
1 tsp. garlic powder
Note: I like the bone-in pork chops for this recipe. I find that it really gives this dish a lot of flavor but if you prefer boneless you can certainly do that. But I definitely do not recommend a thin cut pork chop. Just be careful when taking them out when they are finished cooking. The meat will be very tender so I like to scoop them out with a spatula.

Directions:
In a 5-6 quart slow cooker, combine onion soup mix, chicken broth, cream of chicken soup and pork gravy mix. Whisk together until combined. Don't worry about any lumps, they will go away during cooking.
Note: I find this works better in an oval slow cooker instead of a round one. 
The chops cook more evenly.
Season both sides of the chops with a little bit of garlic powder.
Place pork chops into the slow cooker. 
Do your best to spread them out and cover with the gravy mixture.
Cover and cook on low about 6-8 hours.
After cooking you can serve right away with the gravy that the chops cook in. However, I know some folks prefer a thicker gravy and it only takes another couple of minutes in the process to make the graver thicker. It's so easy! In a medium pot over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter (don't walk away while doing this, butter can melt and then burn quickly.) Then whisk in 3 heaping tablespoons of all-purpose flour. Continue whisking until it forms a thick paste.
After it forms a thick paste and you've whisked it until smooth, pour in 2 cups of the pork gravy. What I will do is carefully remove the pork chops from the slow cooker using a spatula so they don't fall apart while taking them out and put on a plate. This will make it easier to pour the gravy into a measuring cup. 
Whisk mixture constantly for another minute. Mixture will begin to thicken very quickly. Once it has thickened, remove from heat. Then combined thickened gravy with any remaining gravy in the pot. Stir well. Serve gravy over pork chops and on some mashed potatoes!
Enjoy!
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56 comments:

Siggy Spice said...

This recipe is a TOTAL keeper....SCRUMPTIOUS!

grace said...

Found you morning off Siggy Spice. I am your newest follower and will be back. Hope that you stop over to visit me some time.

Cakewalker said...

I appreciate this recipe. When you have wee ones, whose needs prevail over yours, it's all about time management. Moreover, a high maintenance meal especially on weekdays can be a hindrance and not a help. My slow cooker will tell me soon how tender those pork chops are!

thecountrycook said...

I really hope y'all enjoy it. We make this recipe pretty often. It is budget friendly and time friendly. Nothing fancy but I really enjoy slow cooker meals. Some folks like a thicker gravy so you could certainly take out the pork chops (wrap them in foil) and pour the gravy into a pot on medium heat. Whisk in a little Wondra flour and continually whisk until it comes to a low boil and begins to thicken. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Kate said...

Love this recipe! You are so right about never knowing which ones will be popular. Desserts - which are not my forte - seem to be the most popular.

Haley said...

Thanks for following my blog, I'm following yours as well! I always love seeing your recipes on TK! :)

Adora's Box said...

I so agree with your first paragraph, I really do. I so love your pork chops, too. I like the bone-in chops as well because the meat next to the bone is sweet and the bone makes the sauce tastier.

Major Mom said...

Thanks for the follow my fiddlin'/Facebookin' friend! Great recipes and great explanations! I used to do LOTS of cooking blog posts and I need to revive that. I just applied to be a contributor to "GeekMom.com" where posts like my Moon Sand Mayhem and Pixo-Monium posts would fit well. Enjoy blogging, it's fun and what's MORE fun is when you go back after several years and it's like a trip down memory lane. I started my blog around New Year's 2008.

PS: can I add you to my blog as one I follow? It's on the right-hand column.

thecountrycook said...

Patricia - of course you can! You know I love reading your posts! Your stories would definitely fit in at GeekMom.com and your down-to-earth approach is what I love the most about your writing. And of course, you are a darn good cook!

Annie said...

I would have to say that my slow cooker and kitchen aid mixer are my two most prized kitchen appliances. I use both reguarly. This recipe sounds nice and easy! Bookmarked!

thecountrycook said...

Annie - I completely agree!!

Lisa said...

This sounds so much easier than the other way of frying pork chops. Plus, I bet they come out much juicier this way.

Sandra said...

Ultimate favorite..it is mouth-watering photo!!!

Miz Helen said...

I was just about to email you and I see that you got the badge. Thank you so much for the follow and display of the badge for Full Plate Thursday.Hope to see you soon, and have a great week end!

Candace said...

What a great, easy recipe! Pure comfort food!
Thank you for sharing it. Have a great day, Candace

Miz Helen said...

Oh Yum...these Slow Cooker Pork Chops look delicious. I am so happy you brought them for us to enjoy today. Thank you so much for coming today and please come back!

Julie said...

I love anything in the slow cooker and this looks perfect for a Sunday afternoon. Thanks for sharing! I am a new follower and would love to have you follow me back at thefarmgirlrecipes.blogspot.com

The Farm Girl

shopannies said...

love that they are cooked in the slow cooker

allisamazing said...

I cook pork chops in the slow cooker all the time and I am definately going to give this recipe a try. It looks yummy and will be a nice change from my regular recipe. ~Alana~

MrsJenB said...

I am absolutely loving your blog! Sincerely, these recipes look amazing. I am not even a huge pork chop fan but I would eat the heck out of these. The picture alone literally just made my stomach growl ;-)

Anne said...

I absolutely love this recipe,the pork chops are so tender,this the only way I will ever make pork chop.

My Life as the canning wife said...

This is my kind of home cooking!! I am making these this week because I just happen to have chops thawing in the fridge:)

Annie's Dish said...

I just bought everything I need to make this tomorrow :)

Micha @ Cookin' Mimi said...

That looks yummy. I love slow cooked pork chops because they get so tender without drying out. Found you through the Gooseberry Patch link up.

K said...

With summer here, I'll be using my slow cooker a lot more! I'd love it if you'd come link up this, and a few more recipes, to my contest/linky!

http://www.bigklittlea.com/2011/06/june-concours-dcusine.html

~K

Ashley said...

I made these and the gravy turned out SUPER salty. What did I do wrong? Was I supposed to use low sodium ingredients?

The Country Cook said...

Hi Ashley, I do put in the list of ingredients to use low sodium cream of chicken and I also have in the notes at the bottom that you may want to use low sodium chicken broth as well. My husband prefers the full sodium options but I prefer low sodium options. I realize everyone's sensitivity to salt is different.
So sorry this one didn't turn out good for you!

Ashlyn said...

Its so nice of you to offer this in a printer friendly format...but I was wondering...can you start adding a picture in with the recipe. I'm a visual person and prefer to have a picture of every recipe in my recipe binder. Thanks much for sharing all your WONDERFUL recipes!

Linda B said...

Was looking in the freezer wondering what to have for dinner...saw a package of pork chops and immediately thought of your recipe. They are in the slow cooker now.
I can't begin to tell you how many of your recipes we have tried and continue to make. Thanks!

The Country Cook said...

Linda - thank you so very much for that! You made my day! I'm just so happy to hear you're getting as much enjoyment from these recipes as I do from sharing them!

Anonymous said...

I usually stay away from pork chops because I never know how to cook them, so I was a little scared of this recipe. It just so happened that I had 4 beautifully thick-cut pork chops in my freezer. I decided what have I got to lose? This recipe was awesome! The pork chops were tender and the gravy was so yummy. My only regret was that we ran out of dinner rolls :(

I used cream of mushroom soup and ran my onion soup mix through the food processor (as my 6 yr old wouldn't eat if she detected onion pieces).

Definite keeper! Tonight for dinner I'm trying your mac n cheese recipe.

The Country Cook said...

I am so, so happy to hear you like this one! The pork these days is so lean that I know exactly what you mean when you say you get scared of cooking them. It can get dry very easily! (And I also know what you mean about those picky 6 years olds...lol) Good thinking on blending the onion soup mix! Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know how it turned out for you! Hope you like that Mac N Cheese recipe too! :)

Bree Kibler said...

Made this one last night! It was delicious! Even my picky step daughter ate it! I'll be making this again and this is my new favorite blog! Thanks for all the new recipes. It gets old making the same thing for dinner week after week!

Anonymous said...

This recipe is tasty and easy. I made it with reduced sodium everything and it was still salty enough for a salt lover like me. Although reduced sodium products have less salt, they are Definately not salt free. Also, I trimmed most of the fat from the thick cut, bone in pork chops. I did not brown them first but did season them generously with garlic powder, salt free lemon zest and tons of cracked black pepper. I followed the instructions to a "T". The only difference is I put the whole pot in the fridge until the next day. I pulled about 3/4inch of pure fat off the top. Then I pulled out the chops, removed the bones and cut them into chunky pieces and returned to the pot. I then added one more can of low salt cream soup, a Tbs of worchestershire sauce and put it on high until hot. It was rich and creamy. I served it over large shells as that is what I had. I highly recommend chilling overnight first to remove all the fat and none of the flavor. One more can of soup thickens the gravy nicely.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to make it!

Anonymous said...

Love, love, love these pork chops!!

Chris, Eddie's mom said...

made this for supper tonight. DELICIOUS! I wasn't sure because when I peeked (I can't help it!) at 4pm, the chops were not tender and looked gross. But by 6pm they were absolutely amazing! I boiled up the gravy and made it a little thicker--it was delicious. I'm thankful there are leftovers for lunch later this week. THIS IS A KEEPER! Thank you so much! :)

pj59153 said...

I will be trying this tomorrow night. I looks totally yummy! !

Kerri Tate Taylor said...

trying this one tomorrow night! I just recently found your blog and I have totally fallen in LOVE! I am a working mother of 2 boys, 7 & 10 and a 12 yr old daughter. All three play sports and I am not a great planner. I wanted to take a minute just to say THANK YOU! I have been on a Country Cook Challenge this week. I used ziplist to get 5 nights worth of ingredients to make the recipes I chose from your blog. The kids are loving it because it's something brand new each night. I go around about halfway through the meal and ask for either a thumbs up or thumbs down. You should be proud to know I have only received THUMBS UP from EVERYONE in the family! I really wanted you to know how much you have helped me AND brought some excitement back to the dinner table. Thanks again for keeping us out of the drive thru! KTT

The Country Cook said...

Kerri - that just warms my heart so much to hear!! I completely understand the challenges of being a working Momma and when you have older kids who are involved in extracurricular activities in can be so hard to even schedule supper! I am so happy you have found so workable recipes here & that your family loves them! Thank you for taking a few minutes out of your day to let me know! (hugs)

Janna said...

Trying this tonight. It looks like a comfort-food meal I can really go for! Will make the mashed potatoes, as we are really gravy lovers, but will also probably make your mac and cheese, too, as one of my granddaughters doesn't like mashed potatoes! (I think she is an alien from another planet. Whoever heard of such a thing?)Glazed carrots, rolls (to sop up more of the gravy!) Still thinking about dessert. Love your blog and your recipes!

shaharv said...

Just made this tonight. All I have to say is.....DELICIOUS! Definitely a keeper:)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this. However I had to improvise. I didn't have the soup mix or pork gravy. I sprinkled my pork chops with garlic powder and onion powder and a little Italian seasoning. Mixed a can of cream of celery soup, packet of brown gravy and 1&1/2.cups chicken broth. High in crock pot for 4 hours. I couldn't Finnish dinner right away so I shut off the crockpot and let then sit. Wow! ! My daughter is in heaven.thank you for the inspiration

Anonymous said...

Can this be done on high in the crock pot for half the time? Putting it on in the morning before work on low would cook it too long but would take too long if i start it on low after work.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if this can be done in the oven? I don't have a big enough crock pot. If so what would the cooking time and temperature be and covered or uncovered?? Any help is appreciated! Thanks! :)

Anonymous said...

It sure does look delicious! Going to try it, tomorrow. Wondering if I could do 6 chops instead of 4? Will be back to comment on the results tomorrow...so excited!

Anonymous said...

I just made this with low sodium beef broth and cream of mushroom with roasted garlic in place of the chicken broth and cream of chicken - mostly because I was not as prepared as I thought I was and did not feel like running out to the store. It turned out amazing! This will definitely be going into the regular rotation :)

Melanie said...

I made this last week and it was so good! I love my slow cooker! Thank you for wonderful recipe!

mimiof2 said...

I have a whole pork loin and am thinking about cooking it whole,I will probably double up ( at the very least ) on the ingredients and slicing it as we serve it. I have fixed this recipe many times and each time my family LOVES it! THANK YOU for all of your great recipes!

Leah O. said...

Pork chops are not the family's favorite and I thought they may like this one. I had really thick boneless pork chops when I pan fry, they re still tough. By using them in this dish, they were great! Another keeper!

Anonymous said...

I didn't have any broth, so just used water. In fact I added a little extra water since I had 8 pork chops to cook. It was still delicious with water in lieu of broth! Great recipe!

Maria Trunzo said...

Just put in my crock pot. I had no onion soup mix or pork gravy or chicken broth. I used 1 cup of water with a tablespoon of "Better than Bouillon" chicken. I used 1 fresh onion, 1 Tablespoon of mustard & 1 teaspoon of agave. I used granulated garlic, 3 pods of fresh garlic, grated on rasp, & Italian seasonings. I did had Cream of Chicken soup, which I used. I have 6 boneless pork chops. I have a crock pot that can brown then you can switch to slow cooking. Put on for 6 hours. Looking forward to dinner.

Stueegee said...

Loved this especially when my wife said this is a keeper recipe.
I only had 2 chops so cut the recipe in 1/2 and cooked them on low all afternoon in a lidded fry pan. Tastes great and very filling.
Thanks

LadyGwyn said...

Found your recipe early this week and decided to make it today with a side of garlic mashed potatoes and some sauteed onions and peppers then cooked in freshly diced roma tomatoes. Big hit with the boys! Thank you.

jennay723 said...

I made this tonight and it was a success! The meat literally fell off the bone. And my six year old daughter ate everything on her plate! Yay!

Brandie Skibinski said...

Thank you so much for coming back to let me know how much you like this one! I sure do appreciate it!!