This recipe is an adaptation of a Pinterest recipe found here. Our Creamy Ranch Crockpot Pork is super delicious! The meat is fork tender and the gravy has a little zing to it thanks to the Ranch dressing. We like this dish because: 1. it’s in a crockpot (so no slaving over a stove trying to fix a meal), 2. it is fairly inexpensive (the Packs love “cheap”!) and 3. it is a complete meal-in-one (it has meat AND potatoes)! We followed the original recipe to the letter and found that the potatoes didn’t cook through even after 8 hours in a crockpot after 3 attempts no matter how small we made the potato chunks. That was hugely disappointing because our family LOVES their potatoes!
We have found that using Frozen Southern Style Hashbrowns works perfectly with this dish! You still get the chunks of potatoes but it is bite-sized and cooked all the way through! Also nice about this recipe is that it doesn’t matter what type of pork you use just as long as it is boneless. Almost every other week you can purchase a boneless pork loin for around $1.79lb. Or in our case this week, we purchased pork shoulder blade, boneless country ribs for $1.19lb. So this easily is one of the cheapest meals to make! The pork does need to be thick cut so avoid the thin, boneless pork chops that most grocery stores package. If you ever look at the actual price per pound, it is a horrible buy. When we catch a pork loin on sale, we usually cut it in half. One half remains untouched and is used as a roast (sometimes 2 roasts depending on the size of the slab of pork loin) and the other half we split again into two more halves (so now 2- ¼ portions). We take one portion and slice it thin to make Schnitzel with and the other half we slice thick for other recipes. We easily can get 3 or 4 meals out of one loin, not bad when you consider a pork loin on sale is often around $9-$10 for the whole slab! Once you try this, you will be amazed with the flavorful gravy it produces and shocked that it comes from a can of cream of chicken soup and a dry packet of Ranch seasoning (and a splash of milk)! When we want chicken or pork gravy, we now make this combination in a small saucepan (with a little milk) because the flavor is so fantastic! So dust off that crockpot and drop your ingredients in! Walk away, go to work, go out and play, whatever you want to do…you know when you return that your home-cooked dinner will be waiting for you!
- 3-4 lbs of boneless pork (thick slices or a roast)
- 2 cans cream of chicken
- 2 packages of dry ranch dressing mix
- 1 cup milk
- 2 lbs (32 oz) frozen southern style hashbrowns
- Dried parsley flakes
Defrost hashbrowns in microwave. Spray inside of crockpot with non-stick cooking spray. Put hashbrowns in the bottom of the crockpot. Place uncooked pork on top of potatoes. In a medium-sized bowl, combine milk and ranch dressing mixes. Stir until dry mixes are dissolved. Add cans of cream of chicken. Stir until well combined. Pour creamy Ranch mix over the pork & potatoes. Cover and cook on low for approximately 8 hours or on high for approximately 4 hours. Pork must be fully cooked and should fall apart when forked. Sprinkle with parsley flakes before serving (optional). Servings: 6.