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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Crockpot Pork Chops: Italian Style #Foodie Friday

Crockpot Pork Chops: Italian Style: Simple Living and Eating


I made a great Pear Chestnut Soup for my French cooking group on Sunday and I was looking for a dish to go with it. I love pork with fruit, so I decided on pork chops. Originally I was going to make Pork Chops with Herb Butter, but I decided I wanted a chance to really tenderize the meat, so I came up with this slow cooker pork chop recipe. 

I used pork chops with the bone because I just listened to a NPR interview with a person from Amercian's Test Kitchen and she highly recommended using bones whenever possible for slow cooking because they add a lot of flavor.


Crockpot Pork Chops: Italian Style

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com

preparation time: 20 minutes                            serves: 4

Ingredients:

4 bone in pork chops
about 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
about 1 tablespoon Butter
2 cups of red wine 
2 cups of beef stock
2 cloves of minced garlic
2 teaspoons of ground oregano
salt and pepper
corn starch


Directions:

1) On high heat 1 tablespoon of EVOO and 1/2 tablespoon of butter in a cast iron skillet on high heat. When a drop of water will sizzle and evaporate quickly in the pan lower the heat a little and sear each side of the pork chops until light brown, about 3 minutes per side.

2) Make sure you have dried each side of the pork chops with a paper towel and sprinkled them with salt just before you put them in the skillet. Remember the objective is to sear not cook the meat.

3) While you are searing the meat whisk together in a large bowl: wine, stock, garlic and oregano. Add a generous amount of fresh ground pepper and salt too. 

4) Transfer chops to your slow cooker and cover them with the marinade. Cook on low for about 6 - 8 hours. Six hours is ideal. Try to submerge as much as the meat as you can in the marinade. If it doesn't cover all of the meat turn over the pieces every few hours.

5) When the meat is cooked. Remove it from the slow cooker and cover it while you transfer the sauce to a skillet. Bring the sauce to a boil and whisk in 1 tablespoon at a time of corn starch until the sauce thickens to a consistency that you like. It usually takes about one to two tablespoons of corn starch and about 3 minutes to get a thickened sauce that will make a good gravy.

Serve pork chops with mashed potatoes and a generous helping of gravy. 




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Foodie Friday Features:


From: MJ's Kitchen

Butternut Squash Soup with Apples & Red Chiles
Butternut Squash Soup with Apples & Red Chiles


This squash soup is such a stand out because it has a wonderful balance of sweetness from apples and heat from chiles.



From: Simply Fresh Dinners

Healthy Baked Penne with Turkey, Tomatoes & Basil
Healthy Baked Penne with Turkey, Tomatoes & Basil

I just love a one meal dish and a super healthy one that uses seasonally available turkey is even better.


From: Life Love  and Sugar

Carmel Macchiato Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes
Carmel Macchiato Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes

Wow, wow, wow: yes, you read the title right carmel macchiato and nutella all in one tasty cake!


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44 comments:

  1. Thanks for the party - wish I had that cupcake right now!

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  2. Diane,
    Your pork chop looks delicious. Thanks for hosting the party.
    Annamaria

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    1. Oh, they were… so tender. Thanks for coming by Annamaria.

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  3. I like your choice of ingredients for the pork chops, Diane, I bet they were delicious!
    Thank you so much for featuring my Baked Penne. I was thrilled to see it here tonight. Have a great Friday!

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    1. You are so welcome… such a great dish and perfect timing for thanksgiving.

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  4. Thanks for the party, Diane! Your pork chops look so good! I love crock pot recipes! Definitely pinning this! I would love for you to come over and link up at Wine'd Down Wednesday if you get a chance (http://www.dizzybusyandhungry.com/wined-down-wednesday-link-party-10/). We party every week from Tuesday evening to late Friday night! Hope to see you there!

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    1. I didn't realize you had a party. I will add it to my party list thanks for letting me know. So good to see you here.

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  5. Hi Diane,
    We are getting ready for the holiday and I love easy right now. Your Pork Chops in the Crockpot look awesome! Hope you are staying warm and cozy for the weekend and thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thanks Miz Helen,
      I'm still jealous of all the cookies you have already baked.

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  6. Hi Diane! Thanks for the party! Your pork chops look so delicious! Have a great weekend!

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  7. Thanks for the party Diane. I love pork chops!

    Anne xx

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    1. Pork chops seem to go over well in our house, now that my daughter has decided she doesn't like beef.

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  8. Thanks for the party Diane :)
    Have a great weekend :)

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    1. It wouldn't be a party with out you Winnie.

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  9. What a lovely way to serve pork, Diane! It sounds so flavourful too. Thank you for hosting Foodie Friday. I've shared my Orange Pecan Slice and Bake Cookies. Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. You have been baking some wonderful breads and now a cookie… can't wait to check it out.

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  10. Your pork chops look so good Diane. MJ and I must be on the same wave length with the butternut squash. Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a lovely weekend.
    Sam

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    1. I just love Fall and squash… these are my favorite flavors.

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  11. Have a great weekend and thank you for the party. andi

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  12. Thank you so much for featuring my cupcakes Diane! Have a great weekend!

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    1. You are very welcome Lindsay… everyone is drooling over them.

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  13. Your pork chops looks so yummy! Thanks for the party!

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    1. Nothing quite like pork chops… thanks Paula. Glad to see you.

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  14. Thanks for the party, Diane! Have a great weekend!

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    1. I appreciate you stopping by… I know you are busy with your own party.

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  15. I will have to remember to use bones in the slow cooker. I'd never heard that, but it makes sense. This looks wonderful!

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    1. I trust the advice of the people at America's Test Kitchen. They tests recipes sometimes 20 different ways.

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  16. That is one lovely piece of pig right there.
    Thanks for hosting!
    ~Stacy @ Stacy Makes Cents

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    1. Thank you my grandmother the pig farmer would be proud.

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  17. Diane,
    Thanks for the party and sharing some amazing recipes!

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    1. You are so welcome...thank you for coming.

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  18. Yummo! I don't have a crockpot but I should with dishes like this on offer.

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    1. Get one, crockpots are awesome when the weather is chilly.

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  19. I seriously need to pull out my crockpot and figure out how to use it! Those pork chops look delicious Diane, that should be enough reason to pull the silly thing out. :) Thanks so much for the party. Have a wonderful weekend!!

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    1. I can't believe you are not into the wonders of the slow cooker, especially when it comes to cooking meat. Girl, get that thing out.

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  20. Dear Diane, Everything looks simply beautiful!!! Great party! Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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    1. Thank you Catherine... a pleasure to have you here.

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  21. Thanks for hosting. I'm terrible about using the crockpot which is why I'm excited to see your recipe. I'm pinning this to my Menu Planning board.

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    1. Oh, I hope you try it out... the crockpot is really wonderful for tenderizing meat.

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  22. We love making pork chops and this looks like such an easy, yummy recipe! Hope to try it soon :)

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  23. Diane, those chops would be perfect on our table and sure wouldn't last long. Thanks so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday and enjoy your Thanksgiving week!
    Come Back Soon
    Miz Helen

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