Slow Cooker Pork Chops and Cabbage; 3rd try

This was my third dinner using the slow cooker. (Second attempt review after this recipe.)

I decided I was not going to do any pre-cooking / browning / whatever. Some of the comments I’ve seen discussing slow cooker recipes complain that it’s too much work getting it all organized to make the effort worthwhile.

I’m all for easy….

I tossed it all in the pot, turned it on and ignored it for the duration.

Okay, I looked at it a few times – it is new, after all.

Loved the flavors of this dish, and the pork chops were fantastic – fork tender.

I think the vegetables could have used another hour, or maybe part of the time on high. They were cooked, just not as tender as mon mari likes them. I cooked it for just under 6 hours – I changed it to 6 – 7 for the recipe.

Slow Cooker Pork Chops and Cabbage

Total time: 6 – 7 hours

Ingredients:

  • 2 pork chops, boneless, 12oz (360gr) total weight
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cups Savoy cabbage, roughly chopped
  • 2 carrots, cut into sticks
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbs whole grain mustard
  • 1 tbs sage, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp smokey paprika
  • 1 1/2 cups (12oz, 360ml) beef stock
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) white wine
  • 2 tbs cornstarch (maizena) dissolved in 2 tbs water

Slow Cooker Pork Chops and Cabbage

Instructions:

  • Layer the ingredients in the slow cooker as follows: onions, carrots, garlic, chops, herbs, cabbage.
  • Whisk paprika, broth, wine and mustard. Pour over the top.
  • Cook on low for 6 – 7 hours – stir once if you like.
  • 15 minutes (or so) before serving add cornstarch mixture and stir briefly.
  • Turn cooker to high and cover – this lets the juices thicken slightly. 
  • Put it all on a platter and serve.

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As to the missing second recipe…. I made Minestrone (the regular version is here).

It was not a smash hit.

I thought such a long cooking soup would be perfect for the slow cooker.

My first problem was that I had to seriously cut back my recipe to allow it to fit my 4 qt slow cooker.

My second problem was that my beans were old.

My third problem was that I added the tomatoes to the pot along with the dried beans. I know better than that but in the excitement of having a new toy I just dumped it all in and turned it on.

The soup tasted great – but the beans never softened. They were edible…. barely.I don’t know if it was the age of the beans or the acid from the tomatoes or both. In desperation I took the soup out of the slow cooker and put it on the stove top for a bit to see if I could get the beans to soften.

Nope.

I did soak the beans and boiled them for 10 minutes before adding them to the cooker – just so you know.

I am having fun with my new toy…..

Last update on February 8, 2016

9 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Pork Chops and Cabbage; 3rd try”

  1. Glad you are enjoying your slow cooker Katie. I on the other hand have not had a whole lot of luck with slow cookers. I have tried everything: reducing liquid, increasing seasonings and increasing/decreasing cooking timings. Still most everything comes out bland tasting. I have even tried 3 different brands of slow cookers…same results…sigh. Even when following someones recipe…same results…bland bland bland! Maybe slow cookers and I just do not get along! 🙂

  2. I have to make sure my beans are thoroughly cooked prior to the slow cooker. I think they’re one of the few things that, unless you let them cook for 12 hours or more, will not cook properly in the slow cooker. Then again, I only tried once with dried beans and after crunchy results, I now use canned that I rinse before adding. Also, even though it’s a slow cooker, if you cook some pork cuts too long, they’ll dry out a bit. Just like chicken breasts. They will too.

  3. Ina – hot sauce? Not for me haha…. I have had pretty good luck, so far. You may have to increase seasonings a lot. Also, I admit, I taste and adjust towards the end.

    nightsmusic. thanks for the tips. I’m learning it’s not quite so standard as one would think…. As to the beans – opinions all over the place. I like yours….

    Kate, so frustrating when all the time is spent for inedible food!

  4. I just heard The Splended Table on the radio and they talked of putting a chicken carcass and vegie scraps in a slow cooker for 24 hours to make rich stock. Don’t know if it works or not, but worth a try.

  5. My go-to recipe for Minestrone soup is from a slow-cooker book (even though my slow-cooker died many years ago and was not replaced). Lots of veg, no beans just some small pasta added near the end.

  6. Penny – the house would smell wonderful if nothing else 😉

    Syrahsuzie, I’ve seen similar versions…. maybe I’ll try that – forget the beans lol

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