Emily and I are in a training that started yesterday and goes through this afternoon. As she was on her way to pick me up yesterday, I realized that I had pork chops in the fridge for dinner but didn’t know what I was going to do with them. I got to thinking that I wouldn’t feel like coming up with something at 6:30 when I got back from Raleigh, so at 8:57, 3 minutes before Emily was due to pull in my driveway, I decided to literally throw a bunch of stuff into the crockpot.
I placed the pork chops in the crock pot and looked into the pantry to see what else I could dump. Here’s where I went wrong… I literally did just dump. I put a can of pumpkin, some ground sage, a little white wine, salt and pepper, a couple splashes of balsamic vinegar and a little heavy cream. By this time, Emiy was in the driveway so I turned the pot on low, set the timer for 8 hours and left.
On my way home, I talked to Ross. I asked him how the dinner looked and his response was “well, I don’t think it is gonna be one for the column”. Uh oh. He said that it smelled burnt and it looked like there was a dry paste on top of the meat. Lovely. When I came home and tested it, the flavor itself wasn’t bad, but I had to hurry to the closest beverage… red gatorade… to actually get the dry meat to go down my throat. Not a good mixture, and not a meal I wanted to sit down to.
So, we went to Joe’s and we each had a cup of French onion soup and a grilled Buffalo chicken sandwich. It was so tasty, and washing it down with a Jack and Coke was much better than pumpkin pork and red gatorade. That’s for sure.
I think this recipe still has hope. I think what I should have done is mixed all of the ingredients together in a bowl first, including enough wine and cream to make more of an actual sauce. I think some sliced onion would have been good in there, too.
Moral of the story: Crock pots are good when you need a quick meal, but don’t be in such a hurry when you are putting it together for the first time!