Our Creamy Ranch Pork in the Crockpot is a delightful dish that combines the savory flavors of the ranch with tender pork cutlets. Cooked slowly over several hours, the pork becomes incredibly tender, soaking up the rich, creamy sauce made from broth, cornstarch, and heavy cream. This easy-to-make recipe is perfect for busy weeknights.
Pork chops or pork cutlets: Use thin-sliced or full-sized pork chops. You can also substitute chicken or other protein sources.
Unsalted butter: Half a stick of unsalted butter adds richness to the dish. The butter is cut into smaller pieces and layered over the pork.
Ranch mix: One packet of ranch mix is used to add flavor. You can also use ranch mix from a larger container.
Heavy cream: This is used to make the creamy gravy. You could also use light cream. The amount can be adjusted depending on how thick you would like your sauce.
Cornstarch: About two tablespoons of cornstarch are used to thicken the sauce. You should mix it well with the broth before adding to the crockpot.
Chicken broth: Half a cup of low-sodium chicken broth is used. This adds flavor and helps to create the sauce.
How To Make Creamy Ranch Pork
Layer the Pork:
Begin by layering your pork cutlets or chops at the bottom of your crockpot. You can use thin-sliced pork cutlets or full-sized pork chops. This recipe is versatile enough for substitutions like chicken or other proteins.
Cut half a stick of unsalted butter into smaller pieces and layer it over the pork. The butter adds a richness to the dish that complements the other flavors.
Prepare the Broth Mixture:
Combine half a cup of low-sodium chicken broth in a separate bowl with two tablespoons of cornstarch. This mixture will add flavor and help to create a thick, creamy sauce as the dish cooks.
Add the Broth Mixture to the Crockpot:
Pour the broth and cornstarch mixture directly over the meat in the crockpot. This will create the flavorful sauce the pork will cook in.
Add the Ranch Mix:
Sprinkle the entire packet of ranch mix on top of everything in the crockpot. The ranch mix will infuse the pork with a tangy, savory flavor as it cooks.
Cook the Dish:
Place the lid on your crockpot and cook the dish on low for 6 hours. This slow cooking process will ensure that the pork is tender and the flavors are well-incorporated.
Remove the Pork:
Once the dish has cooked, remove the pork pieces and set them aside. This will make it easier to prepare the gravy.
Prepare the Gravy:
Add a quarter to half a cup of heavy cream to the sauce in the crockpot, depending on your desired thickness. Whisk the sauce until it is smooth. The cornstarch you added earlier will have thickened the sauce, and the cream will make it rich and creamy.
Season the Gravy:
Add salt and pepper to the gravy to taste. The ranch seasoning adds much flavor, so you may not need much additional seasoning.
Return the Pork to the Crockpot:
Once the gravy is ready, return the pork pieces to the crockpot. Mix them with the gravy to ensure they are well-coated.
Serve the Dish:
This dish pairs well with a variety of sides. You can serve it with mashed potatoes, pasta, or your family’s favorite vegetable. The creamy, flavorful pork will be the star of the meal.
What to serve with The Creamy Ranch Pork
Mashed Potatoes: The creamy gravy from the pork makes a delicious topping for mashed potatoes.
Steamed Rice: The flavors of the ranch pork will soak beautifully into a bed of fluffy steamed rice.
Roasted Vegetables: Roasted vegetables like carrots, broccoli, or Brussels sprouts would contrast the creamy pork.
Pasta: You can serve the creamy ranch pork over your favorite pasta. The sauce will cling to the pasta, making each bite flavorful.
Green Salad: A light and refreshing green salad can balance out the richness of the creamy ranch pork.
Bread Rolls: Soft bread rolls can soak up any extra gravy, ensuring no delicious sauce goes to waste.
Corn on the Cob: The sweetness of corn complements the savory flavors of the creamy ranch pork very well.
Yes, you can substitute the pork with chicken. The cooking time may vary depending on the size and type of chicken pieces you use.
Yes, you can use salted butter. However, remember that the ranch mix contains salt so that the final dish might be saltier.
You can use light cream or half-and-half as a substitute for heavy cream.
Yes, you can cook it on high, but the cooking time will be reduced. Typically, it will take around 3 to 4 hours on high.
Yes, you can add vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, or mushrooms. Just make sure to add them towards the end of the cooking process so they don’t become too soft.
You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a saucepan over medium heat or the microwave before serving.
Yes, this dish can be frozen. After it has cooled, place it in a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating and serving.
This dish pairs well with a variety of sides. You can serve it with mashed potatoes, pasta, or your family’s favorite vegetable.
- Pork cutlets or chops: 4-6 pieces (depending on size)
- Unsalted butter: 1/2 stick
- Ranch mix: 1 packet
- Low sodium chicken broth: 1/2 cup
- Cornstarch: 2 tablespoons
- Heavy cream: 1/4 to 1/2 cup (depending on desired thickness of sauce)
- Layer pork cutlets at the bottom of the crockpot.
- Spread pieces of unsalted butter over the pork.
- Mix low-sodium chicken broth and cornstarch, then pour over the pork in the crockpot.
- Sprinkle the entire packet of ranch mix on top.
- Set the crockpot to low and cook for 6 hours.
- Once cooked, remove the pork and set aside.
- Add heavy cream to the liquid in the crockpot and whisk until it forms a smooth gravy.
- Season the gravy to taste, then add the pork back into the crockpot and coat with the gravy.
- Serve with your choice of sides, and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Serving Size: per serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 450 kcalTotal Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 135mgSodium: 500mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 40g