Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Slow Cooker Ranch Pork Chops!

This is absolutely the easiest and best slow cooker recipe I have ever made.  I originally saw this on a slow cooker site, but I did change it just a little by adding a cup of sour cream to the sauce at the end.  
Here is what you will need:

2 cans cream of chicken soup, 1 pkg ranch dressing mix, 1 cup sour cream and 5 or 6 boneless pork loin chops about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch thick.  I usually just buy a whole pork loin and slice my own to save money and to be sure I get the thickness I want.   You can substitute boneless chicken breasts in this for the pork and it would be great also!

Spray your slow cooker liberally with cooking spray.  This really makes clean up so easy. Lay your pork chops in the bottom.  Sprinkle with pepper.  The soup and the ranch dressing mix have enough sodium in them that you won't need extra salt.  Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or on high 4-5 hours depending on your slow cooker.  At the end of the cooking time, add a cup of sour cream to the sauce.  You will need to temper your sour cream gradually with some of the hot sauce before adding it or it will curdle (not a good look).  If you are not serving immediately, turn the crock pot to warm to hold it. 

I usually serve this over hot buttered egg noodles, but it is also excellent over rice or mashed potatoes.  Add a salad and rolls and you have a great meal! 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Tori's Golden Graham S'mores Bars!

My sweet little cousin Tori, made these "Golden Graham S'mores Bars" and brought them to a family dinner!  These little things are delicious and a little bit addicting!   People couldn't quit eating them.  They are also super easy and call for just a few ingredients and they are no bake, which makes them perfect during this heat wave!  Here is what you will need:

4 Tbs. butter
1  (10 oz.) miniature marshmallows
1 tsp. vanilla
1  (16 oz.) box of Golden Graham cereal
1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips, melted

In a saucepan melt the butter and marshmallows together until smooth and well blended!   Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.   Add all of the cereal and toss to evenly coat it!   Grease a 9"x13" baking dish.  Press the cereal mixture down evenly in the pan.   Drizzle the melted chocolate evenly over the top.  

Allow to cool for about an hour, then cut in squares and watch them disappear!  

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Peanut Butter Gooey Bars!

If you love a Pay Day candy bar, you will more than likely love these gooey peanut butter bars.  That is just what they remind me of.  They are not only delicious, but also very pretty.  Here is what you need for these:

1/ 2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed tightly
1 egg
1  1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
4 cups miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup chocolate flavored syrup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a 13"x 9" baking pan liberally with nonstick baking spray or butter it well.

To make the cookie base, combine the butter, crunchy peanut butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and egg in a mixing bowl. 

Combine flour, baking powder and salt.  Gradually add to the creamed butter mixture.  Beat until well blended.  Chill the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. 

Press the chilled dough in the baking pan.  Place in the preheated 350 degree oven for 17 - 20 minutes.  Do not over bake this.   Cool for about 3 minutes. 

Place the creamy peanut butter in the microwave for about 1 minute.  Pour this over the cookie crust.  Top with the mini marshmallows.  Drizzle the chocolate syrup over the top.   Place back in the oven for just about 5 minutes or until the marshmallows are just starting to brown lightly. 

 Remove from oven and run a sharp knife around the edges to loosen.  Cool completely and then cut with a sharp knife sprayed with nonstick spray in about 2 inch squares.  "Peanut Butter Gooey Bars!"