I am not a fan of pork, but my husband loves the pig. Luckily for all of us, I have an evening work event tonight and I am planning to have a yummy meal of pork chops waiting for him and our girls. Everyone wins!
I’m modifying a recipe from A Year of Slow Cooking: Orange Apricot Pork Chops. My recipe substitutes the apricot with pineapple preserves because apricots are banned forever from our household. I had a terrible experience with canned apricots when I was 5. Lois the lunch lady, an iconic figure in a white uniform and a mustache, made me eat the two apricot halves remaining on my plate. I sat alone at a lunch table staring at the gelatinous, bitter fruit for what seemed like an eternity. I choked down one half and hid the other half in a can of crayons when Lois wasn’t looking. She caught on to me though and I had to eat the remaining half of the crayon-dusted apricot. Boo, Lois! My revenge on Lois is to never ever eat another apricot.
Pineapple Orange Pork Chops
3 boneless pork chops (on sale this week from Cub!)
1 cup pineapple preserves
3 T brown sugar
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
2 navel oranges juiced (I plan on squeezing the orange halves and then adding the juice and the squozen? squozed? orange slices in the slow cooker.)
Add the pork chops to a 4 to 6 quart slow cooker. Combine remaining ingredients (minus oranges) in a bowl and spoon over pork chops. Peel the oranges, squeeze the juice into the slow cooker and toss in the oranges. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
My husband is a very bright man, but he is not a genius in the kitchen. Given his skill level I’ll prepare makings for instant mashed potatoes and steamed veggies. He should be able to manage that easily and hopefully he and the girls will have a good meal without me. I’ll ask him to comment tonight with a review. Enjoy!
And, if you are in Rapid City, South Dakota, stop by Memorial Christian School and stick your tongue out as you drive by.
Update: Pineapple orange pork chops are a hit! My husband said the chops were zesty and tender. This recipe made it into his top 10. Let me know if you try it out.