Ranch House Crock Pot Pork Chops with Parmesan Mashed Potatoes


I always love a good crock pot recipe and let me tell you this one is excellent. This recipe comes from Jenny at Picky Plate. Thanks Jenny for sharing this one, it was FABULOUS! My husband is not a huge fan of pork because it’s usually too chewy for him. I knew that cooking this in the crock pot would give you tender meat. Plus my husband is a big fan of garlic mashed potatoes so I knew the potatoes would be a hit.

This dish was simple to make, but impressive enough you could serve it to company. The only thing I would change for next time is to double the cream of chicken soup and ranch seasoning. My family is big gravy eaters and were asking for more. The ranch dressing in the gravy and the Parmesan and garlic in the potatoes complemented each other well. Delicious!

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Ranch House Crock Pot Pork Chops with Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
 
Ingredients
  • 6 pork chops, ½ inch thick
  • 1 pkg dry Ranch Dressing Seasoning
  • 1 (10¾ oz) can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 4 lbs peeled, cubed potatoes
  • 5 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 cloves roasted garlic (directions in notes)
  • 1 to1½ cups milk (any milk will do, I used skim)
  • 1 Tbsp salt, or to taste
  • fresh cracked black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place pork chops, ranch seasoning and soup into a crock pot on low heat for 6 hours.
  2. About 45 minutes before pork chops are done, place potatoes into a large pot of cold water. Place onto stove top over high heat and bring to a boil. Once water is boiling, cook for 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.
  3. Drain and transfer to the work bowl of a stand or electric mixer. Mix on low until potatoes are mashed then add butter, Parmesan, garlic, milk, salt and pepper. Season to taste if needed.
  4. For thinner mashed potatoes add more milk, slowly until your desired consistency.
  5. Scoop mashed potatoes onto serving plates and top with pork chops and soup gravy from crock pot. I put a little parsley on top to serve. Serves 6.
Notes
Roasted Garlic – Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place bulb of garlic with skins on, wrap lightly in tin foil and bake for 1 hour. Remove from foil and let cool for 15 minutes. Remove garlic from skins, place in a bowl and mash with a fork until completely mashed. Set aside. One garlic bulb will have around 12 cloves.

 

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123 comments on “Ranch House Crock Pot Pork Chops with Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

  • LOVE this recipe and have adapted it to use for my own family on a regular basis! I also wanted to let you know that your photo and recipe have been stolen with no credit at this site – http://www.getcrocked.com/2013/01/11/slow-cooker-ranch-house-pork-chops-with-parmesan-mashed-potatoes/

  • I make this some what often and I think the resason why everyone is saying isbso salty is because the original recipe I used called for just a tsp of the ranch dressing flavoring and not the whole packet…

  • Tried this recipe tonight, turned out great with a few very small revisions. I didn’t get it in the slow cooker quite as soon as I needed to have it ready by dinner time so instead of 6 hours on low, I did 4 hours on high and the chops turned out perfect. Also, after I had everything cooking in the slow cooker for few hours already I was reading some of the reviews on here about the saltiness of this dish. I taste tested the gravy when there was about an hour left of cook time and noticed that it was quite salty so I quick threw in a soup can full of milk – worked perfectly! It tamed down the salty flavor just enough. I also omitted the salt from the potatoes all together. My family loved it! The pork chops were so tender and the garlic flavor of the mashed potatoes was just right! I love to try new simple recipes for weeknight dinners and this one is a keeper for sure! Thanks!

  • Made this tonight, and just finished my dinner. This is quite salty, with no modifications to the recipe. It’s good, with the potatoes to cut the salt. Next time, I will use only a half packet of HVR, and thin the soup out with a bit of milk. Be sure to use low sodium soup! The ranch seasoning has enough salt. Glad I made the potatoes!

  • I have not read all of the other comments so I hope I am not repeating someone else’s. But I would swap out the canned Soup and use Fat-free Plain Greek Yogurt instead. You can literally cut the calories and sodium down by about 75% and I bet it would be just as good or better. Not trying to step on any toes here. But I have been using Greek Yogurt in soooo many dishes anymore. I hardly use fattening sauces anymore.
    I also make all my own Salad dressings and dips using only Greek Yogurt now. I have completely cut out the Sour Cream and Mayo. Huge Calorie cutter, tastes great, and is a very good source of Protein.

  • I have made this many different ways and have found 2 cans of cream of chicken WITH HERBS soup and the ranch dressing is just the best! Also works well with chicken, I have done both!! Always a hit!!!!

  • I know this is a stupid question, BUT — do I put my chops in frozen? Could I if not? Thanks

  • I use the low sodium soup, for that very reason.

  • We made this today, and it was awesome!!

  • Made this tonight and loved it. I only used half the packet of ranch and used a 14oz can of cream of chicken. We also used bone in pork chops it was yummy! Instead of potatoes we served it over egg noodles which kept it from being really heavy.

  • I was a little confused by the gravy portion of this recipe, since Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning is so salty, but then to add it to cream of chicken soup and serve with pork chops… it all seemed like salty salty salty to me. AND, it was :( at first…

    Luckily, I had another can of cream of chicken soup on hand and I also added milk to thin it out. It came out just perfectly. I’m glad I made the revisions. I would highly suggest doing the same thing if making this recipe.

    2 cans (Cream of Chicken Soup)
    1 cup milk

    • Add the milk in the beginning or toward the end? Sounds like a good idea either way!

    • glad you posted this because as I was putting it together it seemed like an awfully small size and only filled the crock 1/4. I also added milk. Then I added 1/2 large chopped onion and a can of mushrooms. Will see how it turns out!

  • I made these today and I really, really enjoyed it. I did the Hidden Valley Ranch packet, but used a can of cream of mushroom (because I wasn’t paying attention at the supermarket). The pork chops are SO tender! I didn’t find it super salty but the next time I make it, I may try a low sodium soup or make my own Ranch dressing from a link someone provided previously in the comments.

  • I have to say this was not good. This was SOOOOO salty we could not eat it. I was hoping the mashed potatoes would take away the salt overload..but to my dismay it did not. We threw it out. Not one of us could eat it. I am wondering what type of ranch dressing you used. Maybe it was because of that. I used an off brand. I’m sad as I made a double batch for about 6 people. :( May try it again with a different brand of dressing mix and maybe a low salt chicken soup as well.

    • Other recipes I have seen for this called for 1 can of cream of mushroom and 1 can of cream of chicken and Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix. Maybe the extra can of soup would take away some of the saltiness!

  • Thank you for this delicious recipe. I have mad this recipe a couple of times so far and it is a big hit with my husband!

  • Really good but watch the salt! I would not season the porkchops at all and might use low sodium cream of chicken soup next time. This was really good!

  • I made this today- loved how simple it was. I doubled the gravy, and put the potatos and garlic in with the pork chops, I halved the potatos, you could mash them after or just eat them as is. Smells amazing!! Can’t wait to try it. Only took about 15 minutes to throw together.

  • The chops look great but why on earth would you fire up the oven to roast garlic when you’re using a crock pot? Fresh, homemade mashed potatoes are easy enough- 20 minutes start to finish if you have a small dice. But you’d have to do the garlic in advance or somehow in the crock pot to make this worth it.

  • Can you tell me exactly how you make the potatoes that way?I’m trying to find ways to \trick\ my kids into eating veggies.

  • Made these tonight. They were delicious!! Thank you so much for posting this recipe!

  • I like cooking from scratch too – that’s why I have this on hand – to sub in for all those can of whatevers :)

    2 C powdered milk
    3/4 C cornstarch
    1/4 C instant chicken bouillon granules
    2 t dried onion flakes
    1 t crushed dried thyme
    1 t basil – crushed dried
    1/2 t pepper

    To make 1 can soup, take 1/3 C mix and 1 C water, cook and stir until thickened.

  • I tried this and it was a HUGE hit in my household. I have picky eaters too. Mine wasn’t salty at all. I used the cream of Chicken and 1 packet of HVR. It didn’t have much flavor at first, but about 10 min before I served it, I added a second packet and some Italian seasoning. It was delish. I will be making it again.

  • I prefer to cook from scratch. that way i know my family is getting the best i can offer. all of the ingredients listed can be replicated & taste even better!

    • Hey EZ, how and what did you replicate from scratch?? Would love to know how you replicate the ranch seasonings

  • I made this for my family today and they LOVED it. My husband gave it a 8 out of 10, only beating out my Meatloaf (which took me probably a year to perfect). My son who is only 18 months INHALED it. I used a can of Cream of Chicken and a Can of Mushroom and only 1 packet of HV Ranch. I think next time I will mix up spices and not use the HV packet just to reduce the saltiness/sodium of the dish. It was pretty yummy though and I am not a pork fan ( think it would be awesome with chicken too). I didn’t bother turning on the oven to roast the garlic, instead I cracked a head of garlic in half and wrapped it in tin foil and put it in the crockpot with everything else. I have never done this and was worried because I thought I should add oil or SOMETHING but it worked out great!

  • Wow, this is a great idea! I’m trying to use the slow cooker a lot more as I’m busy. Thanks for the great post!

  • Made the pork chops tonight, really good and tender. Will look for ways to cut salt next time and plan to make the potatoes as well when I’m not rushed. Thanks for sharing.

  • I plan on making these soon. Only two things I would change: 1. I will cut up my potatoes and put them underneath the pork chops and cook it ALL in the crockpot (no need for dirtying more pans if I can help it), and 2. I will put my garlic cloves in my pampered chef large Classic Batter bowl, drizzle some olive oil on them, put the lid on and roast it in the micrwave for about 3 mins. Can’t wait to try them. We love pork chops! Thanks for the recipe!

    • I was super disappointed in this recipe. BEWARE…between the soup and the pkg hidden Valley Ranch there is a LOT of salt in this….it tasted very salty to me and yet the pork chops were really
      bland. I made mashed potatoes from whole potatoes and they were delicious. (I rarely fix potatoes) But I can not see what the draw to the soup.& ranch dressing combo.is.

      • I made this recipie already once and my family loved it, i doubled the soup to make more gravy. i actually plan on making it again tonight for dinner because it is so easy and delicious

  • I made this tonight. It’s good. The only thing I changed was using cream of mushroom instead of cream of chicken b/c I’m not a fan of cream of chicken.

  • We tried these a week or so ago with a pork roast I found on sale and cut into thick “chops.” Since most of the house has the flu, I also used flavored boxed potatoes and let me tell you this was amazing!!! I would never have thought to use the dried ranch powder with the cream of chicken. On our “keep” list here. Thank you so much!!!

  • Do i add the water to the soup or is just the soup?

  • In our attempt to eat healthier in the last few years, we try to incorporate healthier alternatives to everyday meals. This recipe is a HIT in our household, and my husband can’t stand the texture of pork (usually). We boiled chopped cauliflower in with our potatoes, so my family gets the veggies without the flavor (we’re not very big cauliflower fans, but this offsets our distaste for them 100%). The parmesan and garlic are definite must-haves to give the potatoes a delicious taste. Our “usual” mashed potatoes used to consist of cheddar, onion salt, garlic powder, sour cream, butter, milk, and sometimes bacon and green onions. We substitute the sour cream for plain yogurt (tastes the same, does the same thing with the exception of using it as a sub for baking). We stopped using bacon (it can get expensive) in this, but I still sometimes use the cheddar and seasonings. Your recipe gives us a little something different to use when we get tired of the same ‘ol stuff. Thank you for posting. We will be having this recipe again tomorrow night for the 2nd time. :)

  • Made this today. It was delicious! I used a pork tenderloin instead of the chops. Next time I will double the gravy. I didn’t want to run my oven just to roast 1 garlic bulb so I wrapped it in foil and placed it in the crock-pot. It worked well,

  • This looks so good! Featured your recipe in my Food Trend article today on the RecipeLion blog. http://is.gd/QgEcu4

  • How did it turn out with the chicken?

  • Going to try this tonight! But am I missing something? What do you do with the garlic when it’s done? Also who makes the ranch dressing packets? I don’t think I’ve seen them ever

  • Made this last night for lunch today. Good flavor but I don’t like the texture of the pork so much. Maybe I will try it with chicken next time as others have. Definitely needs more gravy… so doubling the soup as well!

  • This was the greatest thing I’ve ever EVER made! My husband just sat there saying, “this is the best. The greatest thing ever…” he didn’t say crap like that when we had babies or got married or any of that.

    It was that good.

    Would you mind if I posted the recipe (and a link to your website, of course) on my blog?

    Thanks!

  • I don’t like Pork, so I am going to try this recipe with Chicken?! Hope it turns out!

  • Thanks for the recipe. I made this last night for the family and it was a hit. My 6 year old even said it was the best meal he’d ever had. I used chicken since I didn’t have any pork chops and then used 2 cans of cream of chicken because my kids love gravy. Thanks again!!

  • If i halved this recipe, what would I have to put the crockpot setting on?

  • Wow! This was a huge hit with the family. I followed your advice and doubled the soup and packs.

    Thanks!

  • Found this looking for something simple to fix for the in-laws. Everyone loved it. You know it’s good when the mother-in-law asks for the recipe!

  • I made this for my mom’s birthday dinner and it was a hit!! Everyone was ranting and raving! The roasted garlic was incredible and went so well with the gravy! I will make this again and again! Thank you!!

  • This is in my crockpot as I type this. I made the pork chops before and the flavor was really, really good. I normally dislike pork chops, but this recipe turned me around. This time I’m using two cans of soup since I have a larger crock pot and it cooked down too quickly last time. Can’t wait to eat dinner tonight!

  • New to this site and found this recipe which we would love to try, but being from Wales(United Kingdom) we have no idea what a packet of dry Ranch Dressing Seasoning is, can anyone help?
    Quite obviously we have different products this side of the ‘pond’!

    • Ranch Dressing Seasoning contains apx. the following ingredients

      * 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
      * 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
      * 1/4 teaspoon msg (Accent brand is good)
      * 1/4 teaspoon salt
      * 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
      * 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
      * 1 pinch dried thyme

      You can add the following two ingredients to make a Ranch salad dressing – although for the pork recipe you just use the dry ingredients.

      # 1/2 cup mayonnaise
      # 1/2 cup buttermilk

    • It’s Ranch Dressing in powder form. We use them to make Ranch dip at our house. I buy it in a paper pouch where you rip the top off and pour out the powder. Here they are usually right next to the bottled ranch dressings at any grocery store.

      Hope that helps….. :-)

    • Dry Ranch Dressing Powder is like when you make your own Ranch Dressing (like Italian, etc). It is by the Salad Dressings in your store. The dry is usually on the top shelf and will say Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing and will be in a like a envelope type package and it is like a dry powder. Most all stores have them and easy to find. Just make sure it says Hidden Valley at the top then it will say “Ranch”, and you will be on your way! Good Luck!!

  • I tried this recipe this weekend and loved it! My son, who is the pickiest eater in the world, actually asked for more! I increased the ranch dressing and soup to two each to make more gravy. Next time I will use 2 cans of soup, but only 1 package of Ranch since the flavor got a little too rich.

    It was yummy! And the potatoes were to die for! We had leftovers which I used for Salisbury Steak the next day, and my husband got mad that they were all gone!

    This is a new once a week dinner for us!

  • YUM! This looks great!!

  • Mmm. This sounds really good. You have to love something that you can cook in the crockpot!
    Michelle
    http://oneordinaryday.wordpress.com/

  • This looks wonderful! I am always looking for good crockpot meals! :-D Thanks!

  • That looks amazing! Its getting cold here tomorrow and so I am going to make that!

  • Sounds yummy! I’ll have to give that a try…our family is big on gravy too!

    • Definitely going to have to give this a try! Love pork chops and ranch and anything I can get on the table in 10-15 minutes(great especially with children screaming they are starving the second we walk in the door!)

      Thought I would offer an alternative on the potatoes that works really well for us and saves a ton of time.

      Quickly Scrub the potatoes (skins on) and then pierce the skins a dozen or so times with a fork. Drop them in a gallon Ziploc bag (leave it open) and pop them in the microwave on the potatoe setting (typically takes about 8 minutes).

      When they are done press them through a potatoe ricer to remove the skins and eliminate the chunks. Add the rest of the ingredients, mix by hand, and serve.

      I will try the recipie as is the first time, but I also typically add a little cream cheese to my mashed potatoes. It makes them super creamy.

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