Crock Pot Smothered Pork Chops and Potatoes

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The best crock pot meals are the ones that you don’t have to do anything with at the end of cooking. This crock pot smothered pork chops and potatoes recipe is ideal if you want a complete dinner that is ready to eat when you get home from work or school. This dish combines hearty pork chops with cheesy scalloped potatoes making it not only an easy meal to get to the table at the end of the day, but also decadent and delicious. This pork chop recipe will not feel like weeknight food, despite it being a perfectly convenient dish to prepare on a busy day. Brandie, the author of The Country Cook recipe blog, came up with this pork chop recipe when she decided to add a vegetable to one of her all-time favourite smothered pork chop recipes. The result was these smothered pork chops with the creamiest scalloped potatoes you will ever taste.

Crock pot recipes are amazing because they are efficient meals to get on the table any day of the week, and they are the epitome of comfort. You just combine everything in the crockpot and let it cook. Low heat and time are your friends. In the case of this pork chop dinner, the pork is seared to a golden brown before being combined with the other ingredients. Sometimes browning the meat is omitted in simple crock pot recipes, but it is an excellent step to take if you want to build flavour in your crock pot dish. Searing is believed to lock the juices into the meat, as well as give it texture and a caramelised flavour. Browning the meat will only take a few minutes, so it is worth doing if you have the time in the morning.

Potatoes are a good addition to any comfort meal through the week, but scalloped potatoes recipes don’t usually figure into weeknight meals. Brandie makes them easy by mixing a few ingredients together to create a thick sauce, rather than making a white sauce on the stove. She also leaves the skin on the potatoes, which is the most nutritious part of the potato. For even more efficiency, consider using a mandolin to slice the potatoes. A mandolin will ensure the potatoes are sliced very thinly and will cook evenly in the crockpot. Using a mandolin cutter also makes slicing the potatoes faster, rather than spending time on trying to create equally thin slices with a knife.

The one issue with making pork chops in a crockpot is that most store-bought pork chops tend to be cut very thin and therefore, cook very quickly. In the case of this pork chop recipe, Brandie calls for thick cut bone-in pork chops. You may have to go up to the butcher’s counter at your grocery store to request a thick pork chop, which will ensure the pork doesn’t become dried out in this crockpot recipe. Thank you to Brandie, the author of The Country Cook recipe blog, for sharing her smothered pork chop and potato recipe with us.

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