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Introduction:
Step back in time and indulge in the nostalgic flavors of a bygone era with our Slow Cooker Apple Cider Smothered Pork Chops. This cherished recipe pays homage to the sweet tang of apple cider, a beloved staple of autumnal gatherings in our community. Reminiscent of simpler times, this dish captures the essence of cozy family meals and harvest season celebrations, bringing warmth and comfort to your table.

The Story Behind the Dish:
As I reminisce about my childhood, the aroma of apple cider fills the air, evoking memories of crisp fall days and vibrant foliage. Apple cider was more than just a beverage; it was a symbol of togetherness and tradition. This recipe, born from a desire to recreate those cherished moments, invites you to experience the essence of autumn with each tender bite of pork smothered in rich, cider-infused goodness.

Slow Cooker Apple Cider Smothered Pork Chops:

Ingredients:

  • 4 bone-in pork chops, about 3/4 inch thick
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 apples, cored and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary

Directions:

  1. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and brown the pork chops for about 2 minutes on each side just to sear them.
  3. Place the sliced onions and apples in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  4. Layer the seared pork chops on top of the onions and apples.
  5. In the same skillet, add minced garlic and sauté for about 1 minute, then pour in the apple cider and apple cider vinegar, bringing it to a simmer while scraping the bits off the bottom of the pan.
  6. Add thyme and rosemary to the skillet, then pour the mixture over pork chops in the slow cooker.
  7. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours, until the pork is tender and cooked through.
  8. Once done, remove the pork chops and tent with foil to keep warm. If desired, thicken the sauce remaining in the slow cooker by mixing a tablespoon of cornstarch with a little water and stirring it into the juices, cooking on high until the sauce thickens.
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Variations & Tips:

  • For a deeper, woodsy flavor, add a splash of brandy or bourbon to the skillet when you add the cider.
  • If you crave a bit more spice, incorporate crushed red pepper flakes or a dash of smoked paprika into the cider mixture for added warmth.
  • For a touch of sweetness, stir in a spoonful of brown sugar or maple syrup to create a delightful glaze.

Conclusion:
In conclusion, our Slow Cooker Apple Cider Smothered Pork Chops invite you to savor the flavors of autumn and create new memories with loved ones. Whether enjoyed alongside buttery mashed potatoes, chunky applesauce, or a crisp green salad, this dish offers a taste of nostalgia and comfort that transcends time. So, gather your loved ones, embrace the spirit of the harvest season, and savor every tender bite of this beloved recipe.