Prep the Crock Pot: Start by generously spraying your crock pot with cooking oil spray to prevent sticking and make cleanup a breeze.
Layer the Pork Chops: Place the pork chops in the crock pot, arranging them in layers if needed. Sprinkle each layer lightly with black pepper.
Prepare the Gravy Mixture: In a medium bowl, combine the cream of mushroom soup and onion soup mix. Stir well to ensure the onion mix is evenly distributed throughout the soup.
Add the Gravy: Pour the soup mixture over the pork chops, making sure each chop is well coated. This will create a luscious, savory gravy as it cooks.
Cook: Set the crock pot to high and cook for 4 hours. This hands-off cooking method allows you to start later in the day and still have dinner ready in time.
Prepare the Sides: While the pork chops are cooking, prepare mashed potatoes. For a traditional touch, use real potatoes, peeled, boiled, and mashed with butter and milk. For a quicker option, instant potatoes work just as well. Bake or toast garlic bread until golden and fragrant.
Serve and Enjoy: Once the pork chops are done, serve them hot over a bed of mashed potatoes, drizzled with the savory mushroom gravy. Add a slice of garlic bread on the side for the perfect finishing touch.
Tips for a Seamless Cooking Experience
Preparation: Keep your ingredients organized and ready to go. This reduces stress and ensures a smoother cooking process.
Layering: If layering pork chops in the crock pot, try to ensure even distribution of the gravy mixture to all layers.
Timing: The 4-hour cook time is ideal, but if you start earlier in the day, you can set the crock pot to low and cook for 6-8 hours instead.
Storage and Reheating Tips
Storage: Place any leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Reheating: To reheat, place the pork chops and gravy in a saucepan over medium heat until warmed through. Alternatively, microwave individual portions on medium power for 2-3 minutes, stirring halfway through.
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