I am starting a new part-time job next week. It’s time to shake off the cabin fever and get out of the house. But that poses a whole new challenge in gluten free cooking.
I have been unemployed (by choice) for over a year. When you have all of your days free, you are not limited to easy recipes. But all that is about to change.
I came across this recipe a couple of weeks ago and gave it a tryout yesterday. Hubby had a doctor appointment in mid-afternoon, so I got this started around 11:30 am. The recipe calls for 7-8 hours on low, but it only took about 5 hours. I never cook on high completely as it tends to overcook your recipe. Some meats cooked on high, like a chuck roast, will be like shoe leather. You want to avoid this. Low and slow is the way to go!
I always jump-start the cooking process by turning the crockpot on high from 1/2 hour to 1 hour, depending on the type of meat I am cooking. In this case, because these chops were on the thin side, I ran the crockpot on high for 30 minutes, then turned to low for another 4 1/2 hours. For a pot roast, I would do an hour on high, then turn to low for about 5 or 6 hours. If you do this, make sure to subtract one hour of cooking time for each 1/2 hour on high. This is purely optional. It is also a bit confusing so skip this step if you like.
I have never cooked pork chops in the crockpot before. You have to be careful not to overcook them.
Here is the recipe, courtesy of Crock Pot ladies. My notes and tips are in red.
- 3 Pounds pork chops can use boneless or bone-in I used bone in for flavor
- 2 – 3 Cups Cinnamon Apple Sauce or plain apple sauce plus the addition of 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon I used plain applesauce and sprinkled about a teaspoon of cinnamon over the chops
- 1/2 tablespoon ground ginger
- 2 tablespoons dried minced onions I used frozen minced onions-best invention ever!
- salt & pepper to taste
- Line a 6.5 quart slow cooker or spray with cooking spray
- Place half of the chops in one layer in the crockpot
- Sprinkle chops with half the cinnamon and half the ginger, salt and pepper to taste
- Spoon half of the applesauce over chops
- Repeat with remaining chops and top with remaining applesauce
Turn cooker to high for 1/2 hour, then turn to low and cook for 4-5 hours until chops are tender and falling off the bone.
Flip chops around during cooking to assure even cooking, if you can.
Yes, we are told not to open the crockpot. But I always either stir stew or flip meat around because most of the heat in the crockpot comes from the bottom, and your recipe migh not cook evenly. I find there is no real loss in cooking time.
The chops were tender and delicious, and the sauce is good also. There is a lot of liquid left over from the chops cooking. You can either thicken the sauce or discard any extra. I served this with gluten free stuffing and green beans.
Please comment any questions or tips.