Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Slow Cooker Italian Pork Chops

First off, an award! I received the following from Sophie at Sophies Foodiefiles. Her blog is so fun and interesting, and I learn so much about new ingredients from her.

I'd like to pass this on to three of my favorite blogs:
And a big thanks to everyone who sent me recipe suggestions for my exotic Australian ingredients. There are a few that I can't wait to try! I just didn't get a chance to look at the recipes before last week's grocery list deadline. Yes, I had a deadline. "You must submit your online order before blah, blah, blah, or you'll have to go to the store and get your groceries yourself, like a normal person." It's a bit hectic around here these days. We need all the help we can get.

Take today, for instance. The little man didn't go down for his first real nap until 3 p.m., and then he was crabby. I've been drenched in spitup twice. One of the dogs is sick. The cat ripped open a bag of catnip and got it all over the basement, and then slept off her high in the baby's crib. And so on.

Slow cookers were designed for days like these. This is a recipe that I threw together during a lunch break one day. It's simple and tasty, and the pork chops are incredibly tender. I like to serve it over pasta as is, but you can easily thicken up the sauce with a slurry of cornstarch and water to thicken it up.

Slow Cooker Italian Pork Chops
Serves 4

4 boneless pork loin chops
1 tsp. oil
Salt and pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small onion, chopped
8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
1/3 c. dry white wine
2 8-oz. cans tomato sauce
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. dried parsley
Cooked pasta, for serving

1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle pork chops with salt and pepper, and brown in oil, about 3 minutes on each side. Transfer chops to slow cooker.

2. Add garlic, onion, and mushrooms to pan and cook until vegetables are just slightly soft, about 2-3 minutes. Add vegetables to slow cooker.

3. Pour wine in pan and scrape up bits from the bottom of the pan. Pour into slow cooker.

4. In a bowl, combine tomato sauce, lemon juice, and seasonings. Pour over chops and vegetables in slow cooker.

5. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours, or until chops are cooked through. Serve with pasta.


monicajane said...

looks very good. I just got my first crock pot a few weeks ago and have been playing with it...this looks great. I can imagine it makes a wonderful pasta sauce.

Donna-FFW said...

Crockpots have saved me numerous times. This sounds delicious. Congrats on your award.. you do have a lovely blog.

Cathy said...

mmmm this looks good! I'm just starting to learn to love my crockpot - I'll be keeping this recipe!

Palidor said...

Congratulations on your award! The pork chops look very tasty.

Debbie said...

Thanks so much for posting this to Crock Pot Wednesdy. I love all of the flavors in this, so I know I will be trying it soon - maybe this weekend while I am babysitting the grands. Have a great weekend. I appreciate you.

Sophie said...

Congrats again on your award!! Enjoy!!

Congrats on the others too!

I so love your Pork chops dish: tasty!!!

Bunny said...

Congratulations on your award and thank you for passing it on to us! you're pork chop recipe is a keeper for sure! I'll be making this one!