Hunk of Meat Monday: Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops

Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops have just three ingredients but will leave you with flavorful, juicy pork chops for dinner.Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops have just three ingredients but will leave you with flavorful, juicy pork chops for dinner. I will make these any day of the week. With the drippings from the crock pot, you can create a quick gravy and serve with mashed potatoes.

The three ingredients are simple: pork chops, butter, and ranch dressing mix. That is it. It is that simple

Crock Pot Ranch Pork ChopsButter you ask? Well, when everyone went all health crazy, they wanted to cut fat from their diet. So, today we have very lean pork. Too lean personally, but we are healthier thanks to the lean pork, right? Well, maybe not. So when ever I cook a lean piece of pork like the pork chops that normally have minimal fat around it I add fat. It is no different with these pork chops.

Season the pork chops generously with the ranch seasoning. I used three tablespoons total. I buy bulk dressing mix, however one envelope would also be the equivalent. I used a stick of butter but you could safely use just four tablespoons of butter.

Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops have just three ingredients but will leave you with flavorful, juicy pork chops for dinner.Then it is all up to the crock pot. I cooked on low for 6 hours. You could go a pinch longer. Again pork chops can be easy to dry out, even with butter, so don’t let them cook for 12 hours unless you planning on them being closer to a pulled pork type meat.

Crock Pot Ranch Pork ChopsServe up with some mashed potatoes and make some quick gravy. To make the gravy, I took 1/4 cup of the juices from the crock pot and mixed a heaping tablespoons of corn starch with a cup of milk. Simmer over a medium heat till thickened. You could also use two tablespoons of flour to make a roux with the crock pot juices and slowly add the cup of milk. Add more milk if you want a thinner gravy.

Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops

Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops

These Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops just have three ingredients that will leave you with flavorful, juicy pork chops that everyone will love.

Ingredients

  • 4 thick cut pork chops, bone-in or boneless
  • 1 stick (8 Tablespoons) of real butter
  • 1 package of Ranch Dressing Mix (3 tablespoons)

Instructions

  1. Coat the pork chops with ranch mix.
  2. Place two pork chops in the crock and place two tablespoons of butter on top of the pork chops.
  3. Place two additional pork chops on top of the pork chops.
  4. Top each with two tablespoons of butter.
  5. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
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Crock Pot Mushrooms and Onions

Crock Pot Mushrooms and Onions. The most amazing slow cooked mushrooms are so amazing.There is this restaurant in western Indiana called the Beef House. I grew up going to the restaurant for special events or meetings with my parents. While it obviously has great, midwestern beef and some pretty legendary rolls and strawberry jam, it also has these amazing mushrooms. So amazing they only serve them in the evening. Which makes me sad because most of the time we go there midday on the weekends. But no longer will I bee without my mushrooms. My friend shared a recipe with me that pretty much captures the flavor. Perfectly. These mushrooms are  mind blowingly good. If you like mushrooms that is.

Mushrooms and onions for slow cooker mushrooms. Now you will want to make a lot of these puppies. Trust me. Start with four pounds of mushrooms, four cloves of garlic and a large sweet onion or two smaller ones. Clean your mushrooms, slice your onions and mince your garlic and put all into a large six or seven quart crock pot.

Mushrooms and onions in a crock pot.It is all about the fluid then. A cup of red wine, a cup of hot water, a pound of butter aka four sticks of butter, along with a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, a teaspoon of dried herbs like dill or thyme, and four beef and four chicken bouillon cubes.

Butter and bouillon cubes for crock pot mushroomsPour over top of mushrooms and cook for at least 12 hours on low heat.

Mushrooms and onions in red wine and butter slow cooks for 12 hours.The aroma of the mushrooms will have you craving them before they are done. Just let them be. They will reduce quite a bit during cooking and of course turn a darker brown color.

Crock pot mushrooms and onions with red wine, butter and garlic are so amazing. This recipe is so easy and just requires patience as the mushrooms slow cook away.

Crock Pot Mushrooms and Onions

Crock Pot Mushrooms and Onions

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds of whole button mushrooms
  • 1 large sweet onion or two small/medium onions, sliced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 pound of butter (4 sticks), melted - Make sure it is the real stuff
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dill or thyme or other herb
  • 4 beef bouillon cubes
  • 4 chicken bouillon cubes

Instructions

  1. Place mushrooms, onions and garlic in a six or seven quart crock pot.
  2. Mix together the remaining ingredients and pour over top of the mushrooms.
  3. Slow cook on low for at least 12 hours.
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20 Go-To Beef Roast Recipes

20 Go-To Beef Roast Recipes

It is the time of year when grills get used less and less and slow roasting beef roasts happens more and more. So, since I have started searching for the beef roast recipes my family loves as well as a few new ones, I thought I would share 20 go-to beef roast recipes I plan on making sometime soon as well as a few pointers.

  1. Go buy a Crock Pot. Slow Cooker.
  2. When you are making a recipe that calls for a specific kind of roast, most of the time it can be interchangeable. For example, if the recipe calls for a chuck roast but you have a rump roast, as long as the pounds are similar go for it.
  3. Do Not trim all the fat off the beef roast before cooking it. Fat is a flavor conductor. You can peel the fat off after it cooks and also drain any fat off for gravy if you need it. Trust me, keep the fat on!
  4. Go for bone-in roasts. I think bones also add more flavor. After a beef roast has slow cooked all day, the bone falls right off the meat. So go ahead and buy that bone-in roast. No need to pay extra for having it removed. So, now onto the recipes!

Slow Cooked Chipotle Shredded Beef

slow cooked chipotle shredded beef

 Reuben Sliders

Reuben Sliders

Italian Beef Sandwiches

crock pot italian beef

 Best Ever Slow Cooker Beef Roast

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Italian Beef in a Bucket

Crock Pot Beef and Noodles

beef and noodles in the slow cooker

Slow Cooker Mississippi Pot Roast

Mississippi Pot Roast

 Another Version Of Italian Beef Sandwiches

Italian Beef Sandwiches (with graphics, thecountrycook.net)

Philly Cheesesteak Pizza

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Easy as 1-2-3 Crock Pot Beef Roast

Crock Pot BBQ Beef Sandwiches 

Crock Pot BBQ Beef Sandwiches

Easy Make Ahead Beef Roasts to Freeze

Make Ahead Beef Roasts to Freeze

Crock Pot Pepperoncini Beef

Pepperoncini Beef Sandwich

Dr. Pepper Slow Cooked Beef

Dr. Pepper Crock Pot Beef

Shredded Beef TacosShredded Beef Tacos (all rights reserved, thecountrycook.net)

Slow Cooked Italian Pot Roast with Parmesan Risotto

Italian Pot Roast and Parmesan Risotto

 Mexican Beef Roast

Red Wine Beef Roast with Mushrooms and Onions

Slow Cooked Beef and mushrooms in red wine

 Slow Cooker Roast Beef

slow cooker roast beef

Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

Texas Queso Dip

Sometimes it is an eat chips and queso kind of day. This crock pot Texas Queso Dip is not that different from the Sausage Queso I have shared before. The main difference is spicy or hot seasoned sausage instead of ground pork or mild pork sausage.

Texas Queso DipThe recipe is out of the 303 Simple & Satisfying Recipes from Gooseberry Patch. And it is a cinch.

Simply brown a pound of hamburger. If you want to do it quick, be sure to check out my quick tip on browning hamburger. Just place a two-pound block of Velveeta, a can of tomatoes and chiles (or a can of diced tomatoes plus a can of chiles like I did) along with a half a cup of milk.

Crock Pot Texas Queso Dip

Just let the mixture cook on low for two hours in a slow cooker or crock pot. Stir occasionally to avoid it burning around the edges. Serve with tortilla chips.

Crock Pot Queso Dip

Texas Queso Dip

Texas Queso Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. hot ground pork sausage, browned and drained
  • 32-oz. pkg. pasteurized process cheese spread, cubed
  • 10-oz. can diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • white corn tortilla chips

Instructions

  1. Combine the sausage, cheese, tomatoes and milk in a slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low for two hours until cheese is melted.
  3. Serve with tortilla chips.
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Crock Pot Chipotle Shredded Beef

Naturally when I am reviewing a new cookbook I am drawn to the Mexican inspired recipes. When the recipe includes a beef roast and a crock pot, I am sold. Gonna try the recipe. This crock pot chipotle shredded beef did not disappoint anyone in the family.

slow cooked chipotle shredded beefThe recipe called for a chuck roast, but here is the deal, use whatever beef roast you have on hand or is on sale at the grocery story. It will all work the same. Place the beautiful beef roast in the crock pot.

beef chuck roast in crock pot

The original recipe called for cans of diced tomatoes, green chiles and chipotle sauce. I however had enchilada sauce instead of chipotle. It also called for chili powder and cumin. I had Penzey’s Chili 9000 which has cumin and other yummy seasonings and herbs. So, I used two tablespoons of it instead. Topped the roast with sliced onions and the canned goods before letting it slow cook all day. I omitted the beef broth the recipe called for originally.

Chipotle Beef Ingredients

After it has slow cooked all day, you should be able to peel any excess fat off the roast and then shred with two forks. Don’t trim the fat before cooking. Remember fat is the flavor conductor. You want it to cook with the meat all day to add flavor.

crock pot chipotle beef
 The meat should be fairly juicy. Which made me relieved that I didn’t add the two cups of beef broth. You will get quite a bit of beef. This is a great recipe to eat twice.

slow cooked chipotle shredded beef

The cooked meat will freeze nicely to pull out later or go ahead and make some beef enchiladas and use the meat for tacos or on top of Mexican Risotto.

Chipotle shredded beef risottoThe recipe is from 303 Simple & Satisfying Recipes which is the combination of three cookbooks from Gooseberry Patch. I will be giving this cookbook away the second week of September 2014. Be sure to check back to register to win and see what other great recipes I made.

Slow Cooked Chipotle Shredded Beef

Slow Cooked Chipotle Shredded Beef

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 lb. beef chuck roast, trimmed
  • 14-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 7-oz. can chipotle sauce or medium red enchilada sauce
  • 4-oz. can diced green chiles
  • 1 onion, slice
  • 2 T. chili 9000 from Penzey's or 2 T chili powder and 1 t. cumin

Instructions

  1. Place roast in a slow cooker. Top with remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours.
  2. Once it is completely cooked, remove any excess fat. With 2 forks, shred the beef roast in slow cooker. Add beef broth if there is not much liquid.
  3. Serve on tortillas with favorite taco toppings, on a bed of lettuce for a salad or in a bowl with Mexican rice.
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Slow Cooker Zesty Italian Pot Roast and Gooseberry Patch Giveaway

Nothing says Hunk of Meat Monday like a pot roast. When it is rainy and dreary, coming home to this zesty Italian pot roast will make everyone happy. Italian Pot RoastThe beautiful thing about the crock pot is that you stuff it full of goodness and then walk away. zesty Italian pot roast Simple ingredients of a beef roast, potatoes, carrots and a can of tomatoes with some Italian seasoning. Then let cook on low or slow roast in the oven for several hours on 300 degrees. Italian Pot Roast The perfect flavorful pot roast with no needed ketchup. And if you love slow cooker meals, you will love this 101 Super Easy Slow-Cooker Recipes Cookbook that has other yummy recipes like Brunswick Stew. Brunswick StewOr Smoky Hobo Dinner smoky hobo dinner So, if you are looking for a new cookbook to partner with your crock pot this cookbook is the book for you. 101 Super-Easy Slow Cooker Recipes But don’t know about the recipes I am showing you? You aren’t convinced? Check these recipes out too-

The Country Cook

This Farm Family’s Life 

From My Front Porch

Alarm Clock Wars

Now, if you want this cookbook, let me know what your go-to meal is in the crock pot is. Just leave a comment simple as that. But don’t wait too long, you have till May 7 to register!

Slow Cooker Zesty Italian Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Zesty Italian Pot Roast

An easy traditional pot roast made with a few non-traditional ingredients that make it a zesty Italian pot roast.

Ingredients

  • 2.5 pound beef roast (chuck, arm, rump)
  • 4 potatoes, quartered and peeled if so desired
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 1 stalk celery cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper and salt
  • 1, 14.5 ounce can of tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. Place raw vegetables in the bottom of the crock pot and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Set beef roast on top of vegetables followed by tomatoes and Italian seasonings. Pour water over top.
  3. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  4. Slice pot roast and serve with vegetables.
  5. Thicken remaining juices with flour or corn starch.
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Hunk of Meat Monday: Slow Cooker French Onion Swiss Steak

We all have the that swiss steak recipe that has been in our family for four generation. Onions and peppers and tomatoes all cooking slowly together. Well, sometimes I like to break tradition. And I have a lot of round steaks and steaks for swissing. So, I tried something new. French Onion soup inspired swiss steak.slow cooker french onion swiss steak I started with the cast iron skillet and ended with my crock pot.

swiss steaks and onionsFlour and steak seasoning. Butter and onions. This was a match made in heaven. The you just need to slow cook the beef to make it super tender.

But first, the gravy French onion goodness.

French onion cream sauceSimply mix a can of French onion soup and a can of cream of mushroom soup together. Pour over top of the steak and season generously with your favorite steak seasoning. And then before you are ready to eat, whip up some mashed potatoes. Or cook some noodles. Or do both. You will want to soak up the gravy.

French Onion Swiss SteakEnjoy your onion fix!

Slow Cooker French Onion Swiss Steak

Slow Cooker French Onion Swiss Steak

A creamy, French onion soup inspired variation of slow cooked Swiss Steaks.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds round steak or steak for swissing
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons steak seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 can French onion soup
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Mix together flour and one tablespoon steak seasoning. Dredge steak in flour. Place steaks in hot skillet. Brown on both sides for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Once both sides are browned, place in crock pot on a quarter of the sliced onions.
  4. Place remaining onions in skillet to absorb bits left in the pan for a minute or two and then transfer to crock pot.
  5. Mix soups together and pour over meat and onions. Sprinkle remaining tablespoon of steak seasoning over the soups.
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Hunk of Meat Monday: Crock Pot Sausage Queso Dip

If I had to eat only one cuisine the rest of my life, I would pick Mexican. Or Tex-Mex. Or America’s version of Mexican. And this three ingredient sausage queso dip would be a staple.

Crock Pot Sausage Queso DipDid you catch that? Three ingredients. And for flavor’s sake I throw in a fourth ingredient.

Adobo Seasoning for Mexican DishesI love the Adobo Seasoning from Penzey’s. It isn’t as salty as traditional taco seasoning yet it packs flavor into the meat. And now back to those three ingredients.

I start with 16 ounces of velveeta queso blanco. If you can’t find it, use regular velveeta.

Sausage Queso Dip Recipe for the Crock PotI chunk the velveeta, drop it in a crock pot set to low and pour one can of Rotel over top. Don’t like heat, just use a 10 ounce can of diced tomatoes. While the mixture is heating up, I brown ground pork that has adobo seasoning in it. Then add the browned pork over top. Stir to combine and let warm up for the next hour till all the cheese is melted. Move to warm if your crock pot has that setting. No need to burn the cheese!

Sausage Queso Dip and ChipsTo change it up a little sometimes I add extra add-ins like mushrooms or onions or green chiles or even the occasional can of cream of mushroom soup.

Enjoy!

Crock Pot Sausage Queso Dip

Crock Pot Sausage Queso Dip

Nothing beats chips and queso. This is an easy 3-ingredient crock pot sausage queso dip that you can have ready in no time. Don't expect to ever have any leftovers.

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces of Velveeta Queso Blanco or regular
  • 10 ounce can of Rotel or diced tomatoes
  • 1 lb of ground pork, beef or turkey
  • Adobo seasoning or taco seasoning to taste

Instructions

  1. Cube cheese and add to crock pot set to low. Pour Rotel over top.
  2. Brown meat with seasoning. Drain any extra grease and pour over cheese and tomatoes.
  3. Cook on low for one hour or till all cheese is melted. Turn crock pot to keep warm.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips.
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