Yep, Mr. Studly Mashed Potato Mashing Man was back in the kitchen yesterday cooking for us. Yes ladies, you should be jealous! He took control of the kitchen yesterday like a pro and by the end of the day we had an amazing meal to feast on.
Mr. Fuji grew up taking advantage of the time his mom spent cooking for their family to talk to her, knowing that he could count on her listening ear. She in turn would take advantage of his presence and ask him to help out with tasks like shredding cheese or cutting tomatoes. As a result she also taught him some basic cooking skills and helped him to feel comfortable in the kitchen. Now Mr. Fuji actually enjoys (gasp!) spending some time in the kitchen, and we definitely enjoy the fruits of his labor.
One of our favorite things he makes are his incredibly yummy (and incredibly sinful) creamy crock pot porky chops. Mr. Fuji’s mom used to make these pork chops when he was growing up. When he left for college it was one of the recipes that she sent him with, along with a small crockpot. Moms are smart, aren’t they? Mr. Fuji has since mastered this recipe and it has become a favorite of our family.
Mr. Fuji’s Creamy Crockpot Porky Chops
1 can (10.75-oz.) Cream of Mushroom soup
1 package (8-oz.) cream cheese
1 packet (0.4-oz.) of Ranch dressing mix
4 tablespoon butter
4-5 pork chops (bone-in, boneless, mixed, whatever you want!)
1. Put butter and cream cheese in a bowl, and microwave for 1-2 minutes to soften the cream cheese and melt the butter.
2. Add cream of mushroom soup and Ranch dressing mix and mix until ingredients are somewhat blended together (it’s okay if it’s a bit chunky). At this point if you desire a thinner sauce, add 1/2 cup of milk and mix (we usually don’t because we like a thicker sauce).
3. Place pork chops in bottom of crockpot and pour mixture over the top.
4. Cook, covered, on high for 5 to 6 hours (or on low for 7 to 8 hours)*, until the meat is tender and easily pulls away from the bone or breaks apart (if using boneless). (The edges may start to get very brown towards the end of cooking time–don’t worry, that’s normal!) Serve over rice.
*Because different slow-cooker models cook at different rates, the total time is presented as a range. Check for doneness at the low end of the range (but not before, or the escaping heat will slow the cooking). If the food is not done, continue cooking to the end of the suggested range.