Saturday, August 6, 2011

Pinterest Review: Ranch House Pork Chops with Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

(Excuse the picture. I forgot to take it until after I
had put it away).

This is one of the first times since I've been married that I've made pork chops. The main reason being that my husband claims to not like them. But since J was born, I'm trying to make as many different finds as possible, so that he can try them. Considering the fact that my husband doesn't like pork chops, his grade of an A+ came as a complete surprise. He said they were tasty and tender.

This recipe is excellent. Easy to throw together and delicious when it's done. It even reheats well! I unfortunately didn't have time to make the mashed potatoes from scratch. I'm posting both the original and the quick version of the potatoes.

What's Needed: Pork Chops
1 can cream of chicken soup
6 pork chops
1 packet dry Ranch dressing mix

1. Place pork chops, ranch seasoning, and soup in the crockpot.
2. Cook on LOW for 6 hours or HIGH for 4 hours.

PointsPlus: 5

What's Needed: Mashed Potatoes--Quick Version
Instant mashed potatoes (I made 6 servings--enough for 1/2 C. Mashed potatos per pork chop)
1 C. Parmesan cheese
4.5 tsp. Of Roasted Garlic and Herb Mashed Potato Seasoning mix (I fOund this at Ultra Foods)

1. Prepare instant mashed potatoes according to package directions.
2. When you add in the mashed potato flakes, add the Parmesan cheese and seasoning mix.
3. Stir until well mixed.

Points Plus: 3

What's Needed: Parmesan Mashed Potatoes--Original
4 lbs peeled, cubed potatoes
5 Tablespoons real butter
1 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
6 cloves roasted garlic (directions are below)
1- 1 1/2 Cups warm skim milk (any milk will do, I used skim)
1 Tablespoon salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper, or to taste

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Place bulb of garlic with skins on, wrap lightly in tin foil and bake for 1 hour.
3. Remove from foil and let cool for 15 minutes.
4. Remove garlic from skins, place in a bowl and mash with a fork until completely mashed.
5. Set aside. One garlic bulb will have around 12 cloves.
6. Place potatoes into a large pot of cold water. Place onto stove top over high heat and bring to a boil.
7. Once water is boiling, cook for 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.
8. Drain and transfer to the work bowl of a stand or electric mixer.
9. 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 consistency.

Points Plus: 8

Husband's Grade: A+
Inspired by: Real Mom Kitchen

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