Home for Dinner

Today we went to my mom and dad’s for dinner, to celebrate his 55th birthday. We all look forward to our birthday dinners, because we all get together, but let’s face it, it’s also for the great food!!! My mom is a wonderful cook, and has several “specialty” meals. One of those meals is: well, before I reveal, I just have to say it sounds yucky but it’s really, really good…AND (bonus) it’s made in the crock pot. Anything made in the crock pot is made for winter, and is a good thing about winter! Who wants a hot steamy crock pot sitting in their kitchen in July? Hello.

Anyway, so the meal is: pork chops, sauerkraut, au gratin potatoes, corn pudding (which I personally think is yuck, sorry, Mom), and corn muffins. It’s a dangerously-void-of-green-vegetables meal, which my dad is probably quite happy about.
The pork chops are first browned in a skillet with olive oil, flour, salt and pepper, then placed in a crock pot on a bed of sauerkraut straight out of the jar. You cook it for something like 6 hours on high or longer on low, and voila! I also like to have mashed potatoes with this meal instead of au gratins because my family makes au gratins with Velveeta, and Velveeta is basically from the devil. It’s true. 🙂 And to kick it one more healthy change, a salad would work. My mom is actually an extremely healthy cook, she just makes the bad stuff for certain occasions.
Anyway, yay for warm, steamy, filling winter meals!

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