Slow cooked maple mustard chops are a delicious and tasty meal that you can leave to cook while you are out and come in to enjoy.
Over the weekend I made slow cooked maple mustard chops. I have made great use of my slow cooker since I got it for Christmas one year. It is so nice to be able to put a meal on in the morning, go to work and come back to a lovely aroma of cooking in the house.
When you come home tired it is great just to be able to put a dish onto a plate without having to prepare it. I also use it a lot when we go out for a day trip somewhere. Usually we come home starving having been out walking and taking in fresh air. The slow cooker is also great for making soup, I made a ham and split pea soup a while ago and it was delicious.
Pulled pork is also really easy to make in a slow cooker and perfect for quick sandwiches whenever you want them. Sadly my slow cooker has seen better days, the knob broke off so I need to use pliers to adjust the heat setting. I can still use it though and will use it until it give up from old age. If it is anything like my sandwich toaster it will never die. That is thirty years old and still going strong. Is that a record or do you know of an older kitchen appliance?
I had half a bottle of maple syrup in my cupboard that needed to be used up as well as a jar of mustard that had been sitting in my fridge for ages. I know that maple syrup is gorgeous when cooked with pork so I decided to use these and make slow cooked maple mustard pork.
It required very little preparation, the chops were simply seasoned with salt and pepper and placed the slow cooker. I oiled the slow cooker first with some oil on a paper towel just to ensure that the chops would not stick. The ingredients for the sauce were simply combined together and poured over the pork. I left the slow cooker on low and let it do its thing.
This gave me a chance to get on with lots of jobs. Currently I am tacking the book mountain that has taken over my house. I love books and my spare bedroom is filled with shelves of books. Two layers on some shelves.
I would love a library in my house. I love visiting stately homes and seeing their libraries. Rooms filled with shelves of books and ladders that you can move round the shelves. Comfy chairs placed round the room so you can curl up and read a book. A roaring fire in the fireplace in the winter. How blissful would that be?
Sadly I don’t have room to keep all the books so I am busy trying to sort out the ones I will never read again and find them a good home. This is not as easy as it sounds as I am tempted to start reading them again. With dinner cooking in the slow cooker I had plenty of time to devote to this task and managed to take a big box to the charity shop.
The chops can be served with new potatoes and vegetables or mash. For a lighter option you could serve with rice and salad.
What is your favourite slow cooker recipe? I am always looking for more ideas, do let me know below.
Linking up to the Kitchen clearout linky on Madhouse family reviews as I managed to get rid of some maple syrup and mustard that had been lurking in my cupboard for ages.