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Aloha Pork Chops (slow cooker)

August 21, 2016

Pork chops aren’t something I think to buy very often, but this looked like a good, easy slow cooker recipe. I was glad I tried it-it’s a keeper. The meat is very tender and the dish isn’t too sweet. Just make sure to buy the right type of pork chop for this recipe.

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20 oz. can pineapple chunks in juice

¼ cup brown sugar

1 Tbsp cider vinegar

1 Tbsp soy sauce

2 tsp curry powder

½ tsp ground ginger

½ tsp red pepper flakes (or less if you don’t like things too spicy)

6 bone-in blade-cut pork chops, about ¾ inch thick (7 oz) – cut 2 slits, about 2 inches apart on one side of each chop (prevents curling)

1 Tbsp water

2 tsp cornstarch

2 scallions, sliced thin

Mix pineapple, juice, brown sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, and spices in the slow cooker. Season pork chops with salt and pepper and nestle them into the sauce. Cook 6-8 hours on low or 3-5 hours on high. (I’ve tried this both on high and low – the pork was much more tender cooked on low, but I was in a hurry the second time.)

Remove pork chops and cover loosely with foil. Let liquid settle for 5 min, then skim the fat off the surface with a large spoon. Whisk the water and cornstarch together in a small bowl then add to sauce. Simmer (uncovered) until reduced to 2 cups, about 12 min. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in scallions and serve over pork chops with a side of rice or noodles and a salad.

(Recipe adapted from America’s Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Revolution)

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