A little while back my sister and fam had gone on vacation for fall break and so I had the house all to myself for a few days. And I don’t know about you but I can tend to not want to cook very extensive meals when it comes to just me and Liza eating, but this day I was inspired by my new little mini crock pot to make something yummy. And since I had just bought some amazing local pork chops from the Rutherford County Farmers Market and it was a little dreary outside, a cozy pork stew sounded amazing!
So I really just wanted to share this simple recipe option for when it’s just you and one other.. and it really is pretty easy and not a lot of mess cause it takes just one pan. Oh… and if it’s you and one other and some more others.. then you could easily just double or triple the recipe to make it family style!
2 thick cut pork chops
1/4 cup flour
1/2- 1 teaspoon salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 large potato
1 large carrot
1/2 an onion
2 stems each fresh oregano and rosemary (use 1/2 tsp dried oregano and 1 tsp dried rosemary if you don’t have fresh on hand)
2 Tablespoons oil of your choice (I used butter)
1 cup beef broth (or 1 cup water with 1 cube boullion)
- Place pork chops in a dish to season and flour.
- Coat evenly on both sides with salt, pepper, and paprika
- Then coat with flour
- Roughly chop potato, carrots, onion, and garlic
- Heat oil in a large skillet.. my fav skillet is my cast iron!
- Place pork chops into medium/hot oil and let brown on both sides.. about 2 min each side. You’re not cooking them through just browning the outside.
- Place chops in your crock pot.. I used my new cute little new crock.. perfect for a meal for two:) But you can use a larger one too.. whatever you have.
- In the same pan and same oil add your onions and carrots, sauté for a couple minutes and then add garlic, potatoes and herbs. Sauté another couple minutes.
- Then add cup of broth or boulion water.. you can really use chicken or beef broth it will taste great either way
- Bring to a boil and scrap all the yummy bits off the bottom of pan
- Pour all into the crock pot
- Cover with lid and let cook on high for about 4-5 hours or on low for 6-8 hours
- Then enjoy the deliciousness!!
A perfect cozy meal for two.. you can serve with rolls or toast, or add a dollop of sour cream and extra herbs if you like. This is so versatile too.. use whatever you have available in the fridge with the same process.. chicken. beef, routabega, cabbage, beans.. endless possibilities and it will almost always be super yummy!!