2.11.2014

Slow Cooked Pork Chops to make you swoon...

It's really cold here.  We haven't seen the sun in a few weeks and I'm about over it.  We had a snow storm today (read:dusting and sleeting) and now have school closed for the second day.  My sister who lives in Wichita with 9 inches of snow on the ground is dying laughing right now.  In the words of Miss Etta:  We're Shreveport.  We're different.  (you can say that again...)


So I needed something easy for dinner because when dinner time comes, I need a fast, easy meal that won't take me hours to prepare and clean up.  I don't know about you, but I'm torn at night.  I want a well balanced, healthy meal, that looks pretty on a plate.  Yet, I want it to be fast and relatively easy to prepare and clean up.  I feel like that's a constant contradiction but I think I've at least found one solid option.

Pork chops that actually have great flavor and aren't dry.

Annie Beth - My sioux chef...


Here goes.

Take your slow cooker, OR, I used my dutch oven.  I prepared mine at 3:30 really fast (took me literally 3 minutes to throw together).  You could put this on a few hours before dinner.  I preheated my oven to 300 degrees (convection) and I can say at 6:00 when we ate, our pork chops literally fell apart as we ate them they were so juicy.

Take your dutch oven, pour about 3 cups of chicken or veggie stock.  2 TBS of butter, 1/2 cup of white wine (I'm sure you could omit this step...).  Slice an onion (big slices, think QUICK) and place along the bottom of the dutch oven or slow cooker. to make a base.  Slice a lemon in half.  Place on bottom.  Season your pork chops with olive oil, salt and italian seasoning on both sides, place on top of the bed of onions.  I bought the thick cut chops... I don't think the thin chops would be good with this recipe.

Cut a few sprigs of rosemary, and place in the pot, and then pour enough water to bring the liquid up to the pork chop, but not covering the chops.  The goal (in my mind at least) was to steam the chops.



Here's my before and final plate pic.  I paired it with wild rice (that I prepared without the season packet to reduce the sodium) and steamed broccoli.



They were awesome.  I'm definitely making this again.  And the clean up was super easy.  Mainly because I didn't do it.  Stephen did. But I think he would say that it was quick.  ;)

What do you make that's quick, healthy and easy to prepare and clean up?  Because we have places to go and people to see and need some good ideas.




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