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.
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
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.
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!