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
- 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
- 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.
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.
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…..