Once upon a time I had a slow cooker – you know, one of those big electric appliances that you fill up with food before you go to work and leave on a low setting all day so that you can come home to a home filled with delicious aromas and a ready made meal.
I know a lot of people like them, but for me it was a short-lived feature of the kitchen… I didn’t find it any more convenient than cooking a meal when I got home from work (or I saved casserole type dishes for weekends) and it was huge – taking up far more space than it deserved. Even though it helped me make some decent stews and casseroles, all well cooked and moist, I just didn’t get it.
During the same period I did learn to try slightly different ways of cooking food though – stacking lots of things on top of each other in a casserole dish to give you layers of texture and flavour that all come together into a tasty dish.
This rich and creamy recipe is based on a slow cooker meal that has been adjusted to be cooked in a normal oven instead of a slow cooker. If you did want to make it in a slow cooker I’m sure it would be possible – just remember adjust the cooking times based on your instruction manual.
Oven Baked Pork with Mushroom Sauce and Potatoes
- 1 tbsp Butter
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 Pork Loin steaks
- 1 can Condensed Chicken Soup
- 150 g Mushrooms, sliced
- 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
- 50 ml Chicken Stock
- 2 cloves Garlic, crushed
- 0.5 tsp Sea Salt
- 0.5 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- 450 g Potatoes, thickly sliced
- 1 medium Onion, peeled and sliced
- Handful Fresh Parsley, chopped
Pre-heat oven to 170°C
Heat a heavy frying pan over a medium high heat and add in the butter and oil. Add the pork loin steaks to the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, until browned and starting to crisp at the edges. Remove from the pan and set aside.
Meanwhile mix the soup, mushrooms, mustard, chicken stock, garlic, salt and pepper in a casserole dish, making sure they’re well combined.
Add the potatoes and onion to the sauce mixture and stir well, you want everything to be well coated. Lay the pork loin over the top of the potatoes then cover, before cooking in oven for 75 to 90 minutes (check every 10 minutes after the first hour to make sure things are still moist and not burning).
When cooked put the pork loin steaks to one side, so you can serve the potato and onion mixture first. Then place the pork on top and sprinkle with the freshly chopped parsley.