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Monday, March 8, 2010

Slow Cooker Pork Chops and Cheesy Bacon Potatoes

Pork Chops


6 boneless pork chops
1 cup italian bread crumbs
2 eggs
1 can cream of mushroom
1/4 cup of milk
1/4 cup of sour cream
2 Tbsp. of oil
salt and pepper to taste

In a bowl or plate place your breadcrumbs. In a separate bowl place your two eggs and whisk. Place pork chop in egg mixture than the breadcrumb mixture. Complete this for all the chops. Allow these to rest for 5 minutes. This will help the breading to set so it does not fall off when you are browning them. In a pan, heat oil over medium. Brown the pork chops on both sides and place in slow cooker. In a bowl, stir together the rest of the ingredients and pour over the chops. Cook for 4 hours on high.

Cheesy Bacon Potatoes


1 pound of frozen shredded hash browns
1 can cream of mushroom
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup of sour cream
12 slices of bacon, fried until crispy
1 small onion diced
1/4 cup of butter

In a pan melt the butter on medium. Add the onions and brown them. In a large bowl, mix together the cream of mushroom, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and onions with butter. Mix well. Crumble the bacon and stir in. Add the frozen hash browns and mix well. Pour mixture into slow cooker. Cook on high for 4 hours. Stir once half way through.

A helpful hint when using your slow cooker:

The vacuum seal created by the tight-fitting lid of a slow-cooker plays a big part in the way the appliance works its magic. Once the meal starts heating up, hot steam is generated, which helps cook the food. Just like the oven door, the lid is best left on throughout the entire cooking time required for the dish unless, of course, you suspect it is going to be overcooked, there is a problem or you need to add additional ingredients. Lifting the lid can result in as much as a 15-degree loss in heat, not to mention loss of the accumulated steam, which can take up to 20 minutes to replace. Ultimately, the overall time needed for your dish to completely cook could be altered, so keep your curiosity in check and don’t lift that lid!

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