As I have said before, I rarely use a crockpot. When I find a crockpot recipe that works for me, I am always surprised. Sometimes one can pitch all the ingredients in the pot, turn it on, leave it alone for 8, 9 or 10 hours. No worries, mate. Of course, your meal may be less than gourmet, but, it’s a meal. The obvious benefits of crockpot cookery aside, the results are usually less than stellar.
This recipe was a pleasant surprise. It does require some packaged food items, but they are some that might be found in many homes. However, it is not one that can be ignored for 8 hours or more. It’s ready to eat in 5 to 6 hours, tops. So, it’s not one you can fix in the morning and have that evening for dinner. For working folks, it would be a good one for a weekend meal. Start it after lunch, run errands, take a nap, watch the big game, work in the yard. Then you’ll have a good pork chop dinner waiting for you.
FRUITY PORK CHOPS AND STUFFING
1 c. diced dried fruit, apples, apricots, raisins, cranberries (I use a mixture)
1 c. chicken broth
1/2 c. apple juice (1 small box)
3 T. butter
1/4 t. cinnamon
1/8 t. nutmeg
1 – 6 oz. package Stovetop Stuffing mix (pork or chicken flavor)
4 pork chops, 1/2 to 3/4″ thick
1/8 t. salt
1/8 t. pepper
1. Combine in a small saucepan: 1/4 c. apple juice, dried fruit, broth, butter, cinnamon and nutmeg.
2. Bring to a boil. Stir in the stuffing mix. Remove from heat. Cover and set aside.
3. Arrange pork chops in the bottom of a crockpot. Pour the rest of the apple juice over the pork. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Top with stuffing.
4. Cover and cook on low setting for 5 to 6 hours.