I belong to a few recipe groups on Facebook. I enjoy reading the posts and seeing pictures of other people’s meals, desserts, and drinks. It’s great to get inspiration from other people and get out of my bubble and hum-drum of the same old, same old recipes. Well, someone posted a recipe for crock pot ranch pork chops with potatoes. Since, I had already planned on making pork chops the next day so I was very interested in what it entailed. It turned out that I had all of the ingredients so I could make that recipe the next day. I was excited to try this new recipe!
I never cook with ranch seasoning. It’s not because I don’t enjoy the taste, it’s merely because I tend to choose recipes that consist of garlic, honey, or Mexican-type spices. Ranch usually in my repertoire of recipes, but I had previously bought ranch seasoning to try it out so I was game to try this recipe. (There are a few different ranch seasonings out there, but I prefer Hidden Valley) Plus, it cooks in a crock pot! Easy peasy!
Making The Pork
As I mentioned, I had all of the ingredients to make these ranch pork chop and the directions seemed easy enough to follow. I chopped some potatoes. Then added the pork and potatoes to the crock pot. Mixed up the ingredients for the sauce and poured it over the pork and potatoes. I was a little skeptical of how it would be. The sauce seemed VERY watery and didn’t seem to have enough flavor, but I trusted it would be good…
About a half hour before serving dinner, I sampled the sauce to make sure it was okay. I was gravely disappointed! It was so blah! I didn’t want to serve that for dinner. It was edible and didn’t taste bad, but it certainly did not taste great. I wanted to serve a GREAT dinner!
Trying to salvage dinner, I nervously, added more ranch seasoning and some dry onion soup and mixed it well. I gave it some more time so that it would meld. After I finished making a salad to serve with the pork and potatoes, I put the sauce into a sauce pan and thickened it with cornstarch. After that, I added a little white wine and whisked it some more. I tasted it and WOW, what a HUGE difference! The dish went from B-O-R-I-N-G to AMAZING! That little hint of white wine really took this ranch sauce to a whole new amazing level! Dinner was saved!
Recipes & Inspiration
Basically, recipes are great to use inspiration. You don’t have to live, breathe, and die by a recipe. Feel free to make changes along the way. When making something and you feel like you won’t like what the recipe calls for, go with your gut! Put your stamp on it and change it to what you think will be best.
As you begin cooking, don’t be afraid to try it out. Of course, if cooking meat in a sauce, be careful not to sample a sauce before the meat is fully cooked through! Be safe about when to sample something and make changes to it, if you feel it needs a little something more. You are the one that has to eat it, right? Might as well cook what YOU like!
Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops
- 8 Pork Chops
- 2.5 lbs Red Potatoes Cut Up
- 1 pkg Ranch Seasoning Dry Salad Dressing
- 1/2 pkg Onion Soup Dry Soup
- 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
- 1/2 cup Olive Oil
- 4 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 tbsp Butter Cubed
- 1-2 tbsp Cornstarch amount depends on your preferred thick/thinness
- 1-2 tbsp White Wine Any kind is fine
- Put pork and potatoes in the crock pot
- Mix ranch seasoning, onion soup, garlic powder, olive oil, apple cider vinegar together. Then pour over pork and potatoes.
- Top crock pot ingredients with cubed butter.
- Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
- Transfer sauce in crock pot to sauce pan and add cornstarch whisking well over medium high heat.
- Once thickened, add white wine and continue to whisk for a minute.
- Top pork and potatoes with sauce and serve with your favorite veggie.