Frugal Foodie Mama: Slow Cooker Apple Butter Pork Chops {A Recipe Makeover}

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Slow Cooker Apple Butter Pork Chops {A Recipe Makeover}

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When I first started blogging in January of 2011, having stellar food photography wasn't even on my radar.  As those of you who have actually stuck by me since the inception of my life as a blogger know, my blog started out as more of place for me to share my feelings and thoughts on our journey and struggles with secondary infertility.  Those posts were peppered here and there with a recipe post or two.  My very first recipe post didn't even have a photo with it! 
(And yes, I DID just link those words above to my very first recipe post ever. ;) Go ahead... click on over.  I know that you are curious.)

Fast forward 3 years later, and I am the proud owner of a full-fledged food blog.  
And I have learned that photos do matter.
Are they everything?
But as humans we tend to be very visual.  Especially when it comes to food.
So, I put in the hard work and the research and the practice towards improving my photography skills.

I am slowly going through some of my more popular posts that are in desperate need of a photography makeover and snapping some updated (new and improved!) photos.

Last year, my Slow Cooker Apple Butter Pork Chops came in at #5 in The 10 Most Clicked Slow Cooker Recipes of 2013 on the blog.  
(Click here to see the original post and photos. Which ones do you prefer? ;))
These tender pork chops were definitely deserving of A Recipe Makeover...
Slow Cooker Apple Butter Pork Chops
by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5-6 hours
Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 4 pork chops (bone-in or boneless)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 medium apples (any kind), cored and chopped
  • 1 cup apple butter
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp whole grain Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup apple juice or cider (or white wine)
In a small bowl, whisk together the apple butter, brown sugar, vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, and apple juice. Set aside.

Place the apples and onions in the bottom of the Crock Pot. Add your pork chops on top and then pour the apple butter mixture all over this.

Cook on Low for 5-6 hours.  Serve with mashed potatoes, if desired.

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