real food. real life.
I miss my oven. I miss the smell of baking bread. The sweet crispiness of roasted vegetables. It's been waiting for a "part" for over a month now. Not impressed.
However, the silver lining here is that I am forced to think outside of my little cooking bubble.
We always cooked pork chops by searing then baking in the oven, paired with roasted veggies. We've had these 2 wonderful-looking, local pork chops in our freezer for a while now and I was craving the sweet juiciness that comes with all the searing and the baking. So, here goes. A different tool aiming for the a slightly similar result. Insert the slow cooker. It's been working hard this past month to give us some great meals. I've never been much into slow cooking, but I'm definitely starting to see the appeal!
The outcome? Amazing! We seared the chops first (I mean, I still have my stovetop!) and then placed them in the slow cooker with a bit of chicken broth and veggies. I actually think they are better this way. Juicy, flavourful, and still crispy on the outside front the sear. So good. And to boot, you get a lovely gravy out of the whole thing!
Total Time: 4-6 hours or 6-8 hours
2 pork chops, sprinkled with sea salt/pepper
1 onion, chopped
a couple potatoes, halved
a couple carrots, chopped into chunks
1 parsnip, chopped into chunks
1/2 cup chicken stock
tsp each of rosemary & thyme
tbsp of flour & red wine vinegar (used at end for gravy)
What to do:
1) Place veggies in bottom of slow cooker.
2) Heat a bit of oil on high heat in a medium pan. When nice and hot, place chops seasoned side down to get a nice sizzle. After a minute, flip over to sizzle the other side. Add a bit more sea salt/pepper on the side up. After another minute, remove from the pan and place on top of veggies in the slow cooker.
3) Pour chicken broth over top. Place lid and cook on low for 6-7 hours, or 4-5 hours on high, or basically until meat is cooked through and veggies are tender.
4) If making gravy, remove veggies and meat when they are done cooking, leaving the broth in the slow cooker. Leave heat on high, add flour, and whisk. Continue stirring until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and serve overtop meat and veggies. Oh my goodness yum.
We really cooked these things. From scratch. On weeknights. And we even had time to do the dishes.
They have real, simple ingredients that you'll find in your cupboards. They're healthy and delicious. No lies.
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