Friday, March 2, 2012

Slow Cooker Creamy Ranch Pork Chops w/Potatoes

First off, we don't eat potatoes anymore, so I made this without. The pork chops came out really tender and tasty (I love cooking in the slow cooker!). I also  made homemade Cream of Chicken soup and Ranch Dressing mix - recipes follow. I'll also post them separately for future use.

4-6 pork chops
6-8 medium potatoes, chopped into large pieces
2 cans fat-free cream of chicken soup*
2 packages dry Ranch dressing mix*
1 cup milk
Dried parsley to sprinkle on top (optional)

Spray your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray (I just used a Slow Cooker bag) and put potatoes on the bottom. Place the pork chops on top of the potatoes. Mix together the condensed soup, Ranch dressing mix and milk. Pour on top of the pork chops and cook on LOW for 6-7 hours or on HIGH for 4 hours. Use the extra sauce in the slow cooker as a gravy for the potatoes and the pork chops. Sprinkle with dried parsley if you want.
Homemade Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
(makes 3 cups which is equal to 2 cans of soup)
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt (or less; taste to test)
1/4 teaspoon parsley
dash of paprika
1 1/2 cups milk
3/4 cup flour (can substitute gluten free flour)

In medium-sized saucepan, boil chicken broth, 1/2 cup of the milk, and the seasonings for a minute or two (longer if using fresh onions or garlic). In a bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 cup of milk and flour. Add to boiling mixture and continue whisking briskly until mixture boils and thickens.

Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe
(makes the equivalent of one packet of dry dressing mix, so for the above recipe, double this!)

2 Tbsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried dill
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp pepper

Add each of the dried spices to a bowl and mix carefully. Store in a canning jar or Ziploc bag.

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