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Crock Pot Pork Chops and Potatoes from Get Crocking

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Recently, Barry and I were contacted by Benjamin from Get Crocking, which is an app that you can get for your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch  to easily look up crock pot recipes and ideas. Benjamin let us test it out on Barry’s phone and we really liked it. It’s easy to use and has a lot of good recipe options. Today Benjamin is sharing a recipe for pork chops and giving away FIVE free Get Crocking apps at the end. (Note from Stacysome of the recipes in the app are not whole foods recipes. They include things like mixes and cream of yadda-yaddda soup. However, just like any other recipe, you can easily substitute your homemade version for the convenience version.)

If you like apps for your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and you like your crock pot, then you’ll want to make sure to check it out!

Who doesn’t love a good “fix it and forget it” meal? I know I’ve nearly gotten addicted to my slow cookers here recently. I’ve always enjoyed cooking since I was young and slow cooking was frequently a part of that. Here in the South we like to keep things simple, and you can’t get much simpler than slow cooking.

I can remember family reunions and holiday gatherings having several slow cookers going with various goodies like fondue, cocktail weenies, spinach dip, buffalo wings and sometimes even a roast. However, it wasn’t until recently that I discovered just how versatile a slow cooker is.

Last year my brother and I set out to build an iPhone app, and given my love for cooking, we decided to make a slow cooker recipe app. After 6 months of development and testing we released GetCrocking! on January 6th of this year. We have over 200 recipes in the app with a lot of bells and whistles. Check it out in the Apple App Store.

For today’s Fix and Forget Friday I am going to show you one of my favorite pork recipes from the app, which also happens to be a very simple recipe. Call me lazy, but when I make a slow cooker meal I don’t want to spend 30-45 minutes on preparation; that’s too much “Fix” and not enough “Forget”. Here is picture of everything that you will need for the recipe (except salt and pepper).

To get started, wash your potatoes and slice them thickly; maybe 6-8 pieces per potato. Go ahead and slice your onion into thick pieces as well. I cheated a little on this step. I used some frozen onion rings I had in the freezer instead of using a fresh onion, so feel free to improvise if need be.

Now that you have your veggies prepared place them in a large mixing bowl and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper to taste. Mix it all together to make sure everything is coated nicely. Now place the onions and potatoes in the bottom of your slow cooker. Note: I used a 6 qt. slow cooker and had just enough room for the pork chops on top. So, if you are using a 4.5 qt. or similar sized slow cooker you will likely need to reduce the number of potatoes to make sure it will all fit.

Alright, we have crammed the veggies in the slow cooker, now move on to the pork. The recipe calls for boneless pork chops, but I decided to use bone-in chops instead. Again, whatever suits you is just fine, I would just suggest that you make sure to use thick-cut chops; the thinner ones might dry out before the potatoes cook fully. Take four fully-thawed pork chops and cover them generously with the Italian dressing mix** then place them in you slow cooker right on top of the potatoes and onions. Plug in the slow cooker, set it to low, and let it cook for 7-9 hours. That’s it!

**Note from Stacy – Since we like to use homemade mixes to avoid MSG, check out this recipe for homemade Italian Dressing Mix from Heavenly Homemakers.**

Here’s what you have to look forward to!

Recipe Notes:

* If you are using a slow cooker smaller than 6 qt. reduce the number of potatoes to 3-4
* You do not need to add any liquid to this recipe. The potatoes and chops have enough juice to keep everything moist.
* I used thawed pork chops. I have not tried this with frozen chops, but it should be fine; just add another hour or two to the cook time.
* All slow cookers do cook at different paces, so know your slow cooker and check the meat around 5 hours to make sure you don’t overcook the meat and dry out the dish.

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When he is not in front of his computer building and maintaining websites and mobile apps, Benjamin enjoys honing his cooking skills in the kitchen or on the grill and moonlighting as an assistant wedding photographer. He is a proud husband of 10 years to his wonderful wife Brittany and happy father to his 4 year old Jack Russell Terrier, Stuart. His slow cooker recipe app for iPhone, GetCrocking!, has made it into the Top 100 in the Lifestyle category and has been sold in 18 countries.

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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her three children, Annie (June 2009), Andy (August 2012) and Eli (September 2014). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.

  • Karina

    Looks yummy! I’ve been looking for crock pot dishes that aren’t “winter” type. I too don’t feel I should work nearly an hour to get my crock pot set to cook all day.

    • Stacy

      Sorta defeats the purpose. :-)

  • Veronica

    Those packets of Italian Seasoning do wonders on meat in the crock pot — tastes great on chicken too! Add some pasta & broccoli with a cream cheese sauce…YUM! One of my favorites.

    • Stacy

      Broccoli is a big fave around here!

  • sherrie

    i’m gonna put this in the crock pot now so dinner will be ready after a long day at the pool. fingers crossed!

    • Stacy

      Wear sunscreen! 😉

  • jeanne

    I made this last week and it turned out great. My husband looked it and the pork chops were super tender.

    • Stacy

      That’s great! I love it when husbands are happy. :-)

      • http://facebook mary

        do you use an water in this at all

        • Stacy

          Nope! :-)