Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Slow cooker garlic & ginger pork chops

Hey, it's Wednesday!  Do you know what you're serving for dinner?

Well, thank goodness for me.  I've got a recipe that will get you over the mid-week recipe hump, and it takes a whopping 2 minutes to prepare.  The rest -- the part that turns ingredients into an edible meal -- is done by your friendly slow cooker.

Now be nice and say hello.


No pictures were taken because this was such a last minute recipe in so many ways.  Thrown together at lunch on a work day, and quickly served up before running off to do who knows what that evening.  Life, she is a busy one these days.  But dinner doesn't have to suffer! 

What resulted was such a surprise, even to this girl.  This is, hands down, my favorite pork chop recipe to date!  Favorite. Ever.  Those are bold words, folks!  The garlic and ginger give such flavor to a traditionally mild meat.  The soy sauce and brown sugar tag team for a salty sweet combination that will linger on your taste buds' memory for days, nay, weeks!  A pseudo-Asian-inspired flavor saves dinner... that would've otherwise consisted of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches :)

Asian-inspired Pork Chops for the Slow Cooker
-serves 4-6

A few notes: Though my protein of choice was pork, this recipe could be used for practically any meat or poultry you have on hand.  Turkey or chicken would be great for an equally lean dinner.  Next time, however, I think I'm going to cut up a beef roast into 1 1/2-inch cubes and throw it into the slow cooker -- there is simply no way it won't be absolutely delicious!

6 boneless pork chops
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Combine remaining ingredients in bowl of slow cooker.  Place pork chops in slow cooker and toss to coat.  Cover and cook on low setting for 6 hours.  Serve with rice and broccoli, perhaps, and enjoy!

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