Orange-Ginger Pork Chops with Sweet Potato - crockpot

This recipe is one I made up, and it is cooking in the slow cooker right now.

What I love about this recipe is how it sasses up some plain pork chops...and how easy it is to toss together and forget!

Something you should know - I am one of 'THOSE' people, who likes to brown cuts of meat before I slow cook them. The reason is pretty simple...the meat turns out better, every single time.

There are times where I am just too lazy to brown the meat, and every time I regret it when I open the lid and sigh at the result. The meat comes out differently. That being said, you can omit this step in any of my recipes if the lazy-face is calling to you.

The other thing I want to talk about is spices. In slow cooking, if you want to have a fabulous result, ADD THE SPICES! People generally just use salt and pepper on everything, and that is great, but if you add a load of spices, it really does change a plain meal to something savory and lip-smacking!

I'll let you know how this turns out...

Orange-Ginger Pork Chops with Sweet Potato



4 Pork Chops (bone in work best)
1 tablespoon all spice
1 tablespoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 small onion, chopped
2 cups of pulpy orange juice
1 medium sweet potato, cut into 1 inch cubes
1/4 cup cold water mixed with 1 tablespoon corn starch (to thicken the sauce)


Mix All spice, thyme, salt and pepper in a small bowl.  Rub this mixture onto your pork chops and set aside for 10 minutes.

After 10 mins, brown the meat briefly, about 3 minutes per side.

Meanwhile, cut up the onion and sweet potato. Place into the slow cooker, and add the orange juice and ginger and give it a mix. Then, add the pork chops on top of the fluid and potatoes.

Cook on low for 6-8 hours, depending on how quickly your cooker crocks.

About 1/2 hour before serving, add in the corn starch and water mixture and turn the slow cooker to high to thicken the sauce.

Serve at once.

**UPDATE: This needs two things...a tablespoon of soy sauce and about 1/4 cup of brown sugar. Besides that, fantastic :D**


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