San Francisco Pork Chops

11 Dec
San Francisco Pork Chops Dinner

San Francisco Pork Chops Dinner

I really have no background on why these are called this, but let me tell you they are AMAZING! Spicy, a very tad hint of sweet, and a delicious gravy to go over your rice. I “borrowed” this recipe over at Mel’s Kitchen Cafe, one of many amazing foodie blogs I follow. There are so many fantastic cooks out there that cook meals in “real life” situations, and she is one of them. She also does a lot of baking and candy-making, which I don’t do, but her main and side dishes are great!

I was on a crunch for time (what else is new?) and wanted a quick and easy meal to prepare but I hadn’t started thinking about dinner until after noon. But this slow-cooker recipe saved the day, as I was able to put the crock pot on high and have it ready by a respectable hour. Please don’t skip the crushed red pepper flakes! You can always make substitutions for some of the other ingredients (I did, such as subbing beef broth for chicken broth and I added sliced onions) but the red pepper flakes really rounded out the flavors. I was in such a hurry I didn’t take the proper time to set up for my photos, so I didn’t end up with many usable “in the process of cooking” shots, but really, this is so easy I think you will forgive me this time.

San Francisco Pork Chops
adapted from San Francisco Pork Chops by Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 large boneless pork chops or loin, about 1-inch thick
Ground black pepper, to taste
Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb blend, or salt, to taste
1/2 onion, sliced
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/2 cup homemade beef or chicken broth, or low-sodium store-bought
2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water
Cooked rice, for serving

Onions and Spicy Broth

Onions and Spicy Broth

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Season the pork chops on both sides with pepper and Mrs. Dash, or salt, to taste. Brown the pork for a few minutes on each side then transfer the pork to the slow cooker. Add the sliced onion to the skillet and cook until the onions start to wilt. Add in the garlic and stir for a minute or so more. Really everything cooks so long in the crock pot you could probably skip this step and add that later just to the pot. Stir in the soy sauce, broth, brown sugar and red pepper flakes and cook until the sugar is dissolved. Pour the sauce and onions over the pork in the crock pot.

Pork Onions and Sauce in Crock Pot

Pork Onions and Sauce in Crock Pot Ready to Cook

Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 4 to 5 hours or on low for 7 to 8 hours. In the last half hour of cooking, add in the cornstarch and water mixture and whisk it into the broth in the crock pot. If you cooked the pork on low, turn the heat to high and cook for about 30 minutes until the sauce has thickened, otherwise just add and stir in the mixture and cook for the 30 minutes. We served this with cooked rice and green beans. I kept going back and adding more of the sauce over it. Just delicious!

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