Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Recipe: Asian Inspired Slow Cooker Pork Chops

Asian Inspired Slow Cooker Pork Chops

Combine the following to make the marinade/sauce. Whisking is helpful but not required.
½ cup water or broth. I used water but broth or stock would be better.
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Dash of hot sauce or chili flakes
½ teaspoon of flour
1 tablespoon dehydrated onion (optional)

Pork Chops (2-3lbs)
Place pork chops in slow cooker. Poor sauce on top. I used 2lbs of pork chops. Make sure all pork chops are coated with sauce.

Depending on thickness of pork chops cook 3-5 hours at low. If very thick adjust to cook longer. About 20-30 minutes before service turn the slower cooker to warm (only due this after you are sure meat is fully cooked) and then add the following.

1 tablespoon white or rice vinegar
1 teaspoon soy sauce or oyster sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar

Sprinkle each ingredient evenly over pork and replace the lid. This adds a fresh taste to a slow cooker dish.

This is a very light marinade. If you want a thicker sauce remove the pork chops at the end, strain the sauce to remove fat and bits of meat and then reduce in small saucepan over medium heat for 10-15 minutes until it reduces by half.

Variations: Use chicken or beef instead of pork. Could also do with just about any cut of pork, it does not have to be pork chops. Today I used pork chops because those are what I had in my freezer. If I had beef I would probably have done it with beef. Would also be nice to add some toasted sesame seeds at the end for texture.

Serves 4 (dependent on the amount of meat used)
Prep Time - 5 minutes
Cook Time - 3-5 hours on low in slow cooker

I served it with Bok Choy with Caramelized Onions and Garlic and a mixture of brown and white steamed rice.  It was very good.

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