Sometimes, we don’t want exciting, and we don’t have time for fussy. We just want dinner, and we need it to nearly cook itself. Pork and rice dinner is just that–simple, no exotic seasonings, no fuss, quick to throw together and let it cook while we are dealing with life. Pork chops, pork steaks, even “country style ribs” will work for this–just use whichever cut of pork is on sale, as long as it’s not too fatty. Inexpensive but tough cuts work perfectly in this dish, which can be cooked in the oven or the slow cooker. (Remember, slow cookers are perfect for summers when we have zero desire to heat up the house any more than Mother Nature is insisting on.)
Slow Cooker Pork and Rice Dinner
- About 2 lbs. of pork, (steaks, chops, ribs, etc.)
- 2 onions, peeled and chopped
- 1 can cream of mushroom, chicken or celery soup
- 1 c. milk
- 2 c. water
- 2 c. instant rice
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
Place pork, salt, pepper, soup, milk, water, salt and pepper in slow cooker and cover. Cook on low for about 4 hours or until pork is tender. (May cook on high until pork is tender if pressed for time, about 1 hr.) Cut meat into smaller pieces, if desired. Add rice and stir, replace lid and turn cooker off. Wait 5 minutes and stir. Serves 4-6.
To cook in oven: Place pork, salt, pepper, soup, milk, water, salt and pepper in Dutch oven. Bake in oven at 350 degrees F. for 1 hour or until pork is tender. Cut up pork, if desired. Stir in rice, cover, and shut off oven. Wait 5 minutes and serve.