April 16, 2011

Ranch House Crock Pot Pork Chops

I got this recipe off of Picky Palate.  This is a very good way to make pork chops.  I know a lot of times pork chops are very dry.  That is not the case with this meal.  They turn out moist and have so much flavor.  Very easy too, just throw it in the crock pot and walk away!!  I love recipes like this.  Also what's better than a recipe that only has three ingredients. 
Ranch House Crock Pot Pork Chops
6 pork chops, 1/2 inch thick
1 packet dry Ranch Dressing Seasoning
10 oz can Cream of Chicken Soup
4 lbs peeled, cubed potatoes
5 Tablespoons real butter
1 Cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
6 cloves roasted garlic (click for directions how to roast garlic)
1- 1 1/2 Cups warm skim milk (any milk will do, I just happened to use skim)
1 Tablespoon salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper, or to taste
1. Place pork chops, Ranch seasoning and soup into a medium sized crock pot over high heat for 4 hours or low heat for 6 hours.
2. Place potatoes into a large pot of cold water. Place onto stovetop over high heat and bring to a boil. Once water is boiling, cook for 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. Drain and transfer to the work bowl of a stand or electric mixer. Mix on low until potatoes are mashed then add butter, parmesan, garlic, milk, salt and pepper. Season to taste if needed. For thinner mashed potatoes add more milk, slowly until your desired consitency.
3. Scoop mashed potatoes onto serving plates and top with pork chops and soup gravy from crock pot. Enjoy!

April 10, 2011

Double Chocolate Fantasy Bars

Double Chocolate Fantasy Bars

1 (18.25 oz) package chocolate cake mix
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 cup chopped nuts
1 (14 oz) can Sweetened Condensed Milk (not evaporated milk)
1 (6 oz) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Dash salt

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Grease 13x9 inch baking pan.  In large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, oil and egg; beat at medium speed until crumbly.  Stir in nuts.  Reserve 1 1/2 cups crumb mixture.  Press remaining crumb mixture firmly on bottom of prepared pan.
In small saucepan over medium heat, combine remaining ingredients.  Cook and stir until chips melt.

Pour chocolate mixture evenly over prepared crust.  Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture evenly over top.  Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until set.  Cool.  Cut into bars.  Store loosely covered at room temperature.
Makes 36 bars.