Recipe by Caitlynn
"Pork chops and plums are slow-cooked together. The addition of pineapple juice and spices adds further dimension to the tangy sweetness of the plums."
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(3/4 inch thick) boneless pork chops
ripe plums, pitted and quartered
This was wonderful - a great mix of flavors! I didn't have just pineapple juice but I did have a can of crushed pineapple so I got as much juice from that as I could and then just used enough crushed pineapple to make 3/4 cup. Worked great! This would be a wonderful recipe for a pork roast, pork chops, etc. I was worried there would not be enough liquid, but the plums cooked down quickly and it was just fine for 3-4 pork chops. If I made this again with a larger cut of meat like a roast, I would probably have to add more liquid - maybe apple juice? We had leftovers so I shredded up the rest of the pork chops and then mixed a bunch of the plummy sauce into it - AMAZING. Better than the pork chops alone. Can't wait for plummy pork sandwiches tomorrow!
Everyone was really looking forward to this recipe, including me. Unfortunately we were all disappointed. Most times I check reviews before I make a recipe, this time I didn't get the chance and I'm sorry I didn't. I didn't cook these a second longer than the 8 hours called for in the recipe and the pork chops were so dry, it was unbelievable. The flavours did not turn out as hoped. I would not make this again.
This was absolutely fabulous. Make sure to spoon out all of the plum/juice mixture and serve it over the meat. Otherwise, the meat can be a bit dry. Yummy!
After reading the reviews left by others, I decided to use boneless pork butt steaks, as they do not dry out as quickly as boneless pork loin chops. I cooked the recipe for 3 hours on high, and it was done perfectly - juicy and tender. My family liked the meat, but they don't like runny sauce. So I tried straining the juices, skimming the fat off and thickening them to make a sauce to serve over rice. I didn't get it thick enough, and so that part was kind of disappointing. Next time I would try using 4 TBSP flour to thicken it, instead of 2. I also used less vinegar - 2 tsp, and I used red wine vinegar, because I thought that flavor would go better. I know it is not fair to rate a recipe when you don't make it exactly as posted, but I thought these changes might be useful to someone.
Flavor packed recipe and what an easy dish to prepare. The crock pot does all the hard work! I read the other reviewers comments about the liquid and decided to use 1 cup of pineapple juice. I also added 1 tbsp of marsala wine with the balsamic vinegar. At the mid point, I added one small onion, chopped and toward the end of the cooking time I added three minced garlic cloves. I also used fresh ginger instead of powdered. The pork chops melted in our mouths, it was so tender! And we have enough left over to do something like pulled pork sandwiches, like another reviewer wrote about. Yum!
If I was able, I'd give this recipe a 3.5, but I'm leaning in favor of a 4 because there is more positive to say than negative. As other reviewers have said, 8 hours is way too long to cook the pork chops. I cooked mine for 6 and for the most part the meat was tender (if a side of the chop is sticking up over the cooking liquid, be sure to turn it frequently to prevent it from drying out). I was a little surprised at how mild a flavor the cooking liquid imparted on the pork chops. I was expecting to taste more of a plum flavor, but it hardly came through, which isn't a complaint as the spices tasted very good with the pork.
This was delicious and smelled so good while it was cooking! I doubled the plums and reduced the cooking time to about 6 hours.
I followed the recipe exactly and did not like the results at all. I thought at the time that the balsamic vinegar was too much. It was, it overpowered all the other flavors, which was disappointing. Also the pork chops were very dry. I have never had this happen when cooking them in the slow cooker before. We didn't even keep the leftovers, and that's almost a sin in my home.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Spiced Plum Pork Chops
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 66
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