Sunday, October 2, 2011

Ranch makes pork dinner delicious

My family loves Ranch dressing on anything that doesn’t move – carrots, cucumbers (my youngest son); pizza crust or anything resembling bread (my husband); noodles, vegetables (my daughter). Ranch is notoriously high in calories, so I usually buy low-fat or no-fat versions. Recently, I bought the seasoning packets to make Ranch dressing at home, thinking I would use non-fat yogurt in place of sour cream or mayonnaise.

Instead, I have used the packets to season meats, vegetables and other dishes. I came up with this dish after seeing how much my husband loved pork chops seasoned only with the Ranch seasoning.

You’ll need:
1 pound pork chops (chops with bones are fine)
1 cup carrots
2 cups diced potato
1 medium onion, sliced thin
1 Ranch flavored seasoning packet
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup red wine

Place the vegetables in a 6 quart slow cooker. Add oil and sprinkle half the seasoning packet over the vegetables.

Mix the seasonings and vegetables.

Dredge the pork in the remaining Ranch seasoning, then brown the pork in a medium skillet.

Place the chops over the vegetable mixture...

Deglaze the pan with red wine, scraping up any browned bits.

Pour the wine over the chops and vegetables. Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours. If the chops have bones, you may want to remove the meat from the cooker, debone it and return the meat to mix with the vegetable mixture.

This dish is hearty and satisfying and has a great flavor. Yield: 6-8 servings.

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