Thursday, March 3, 2011

Crock Pot Pork Chops and Sauerkraut for Two

HE SAID: Very good, tasty! (he's eating leftovers!)
SHE SAID: Good, will make this again using bone in pork chops and less sugar.

Pork Chops and Sauerkraut
The female half of this couple started feeling disconnected with her crock pot.  The male half of this couple commented sadly (in a jokingly way) that he didn't get any home cooked meals this past weekend.  As per our previous post, last weekend was busy - we dined out a lot.   Decided to slow cook some pork chops for us this week.

We're happy with our crock pot pork chops!  We splurged this week and bought farm raised pork chops which are 3x the price of the mass produced pork.   It was worth it!  We got the pork chops in the crock pot late, so we had to cook them on high (not our preferred way of cooking).  We'll definitely be making these again, but slow cooking it next time.

Served this up for him with some Japanese rice and corn.  For her, the one trying to stick to a lower carb diet, just two pork chops and a small scoop of corn.   We used brown sugar to cut down on the tang of the sauerkraut, but next time we'll try a little less sugar.

You may also use other cuts of pork, but stay away from tenderloin (too dry).  We're trying to eat leaner cuts of meat.

Here's the recipe:

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 7-8 hours on low (4 hours on high)
4 qt crock pot (if you're only doing 4 or less pork chops, use a 2 qt)

4-6 pork chops
14 oz can of sauerkraut with juice (if you're cooking 4 or less pork chops, you may want to use half the can)
1/2 red onion, sliced
1/3 c brown sugar (next time we'll try 1/4 c.)
3/4 c beer (we used Fosters because we already had it in the kitchen)
kosher salt
fresh ground pepper
garlic powder
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced

Before cooking
Season pork chops with kosher salt, pepper and garlic powder (to taste, we are on a lower sodium diet, so we use more pepper and garlic powder).  Sear in a pan, then transfer pork chops to the crock pot.  Deglaze pan with the beer, transfer the beer to the crock pot (don't forget to scrape the bottom of the pan).  Pour sauerkraut and juice on the pork chops.  Sprinkle brown sugar into the beer sauce along with the minced garlic.

Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours.

We already rice cooked from the night before, so the male half of this couple ate the chops with rice.  Next time we want to try adding halved red potatoes to the crock pot.

Enjoy...we sure did!

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