Ranch House Crock Pot Pork Chops with Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

This easy dinner received RAVE reviews from both boys... and it made great leftovers the next day!  (I adapted this recipe from here.)

Ranch House Crock Pot Pork Chops with Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

6 pork chops, 0.5” thick (I used 3 thick Costco chops, that I sliced in half to get 6 thinner chops)
1 pkg. dry Ranch Dressing Seasoning
2 cans Cream of Chicken Soup (I used Healthy Request for the lower sodium)

(Instead of the suggested Parmesan Mashed Potatoes below, I just made my traditional mashed potatoes... but I used peeled and cubed yellow potatoes, 3 tsp. minced garlic from a jar, 1/2 c. Costco shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, 3 Tbsp. butter, 1/4 c. milk, and 1/3 c. light sour cream... and I used my hand mixer to whip them up.)

4 lbs peeled, cubed potatoes
5 Tbsp butter
1 c. fresh grated Parmesan cheese
6 cloves roasted garlic (see below)
1-1.5 c. milk
1 Tbsp. salt, or to taste
fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Place pork chops, ranch seasoning and soup into a crock pot on low heat for 5.5-6 hours.

About 45 minutes before pork chops are done, place potatoes into a large pot of cold water. Place onto stove top over high heat and bring to a boil. Once water is boiling, cook for 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.

Drain and transfer to a bowl and use an electric mixer. Mix on low until potatoes are mashed then add butter, Parmesan, garlic, milk, salt and pepper. Season to taste if needed.

For thinner mashed potatoes add more milk, slowly until your desired consistency.

Scoop mashed potatoes onto serving plates and top with pork chops and soup gravy from crock pot. Garnish with a little parsley on top.

Serves 6.

Roasted Garlic – Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place bulb of garlic with skins on, wrap lightly in tin foil and bake for 1 hour. Remove from foil and let cool for 15 minutes. Remove garlic from skins, place in a bowl and mash with a fork until completely mashed. Set aside. One garlic bulb will have around 12 cloves.

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