I'm not going to lie. This was not the most beautiful meal I ever made. But it DOES NOT MATTER because it was epically delicious. So maybe you don't serve this to your new in-laws whom you want to impress with your Martha Stewart perfect skills. You serve this to your best friends and your husband who love delicious food and don't care that it doesn't look like modern art delicately arranged on the plate. This is a "hot, brown, and plenty of it" kind of meal.
It's also awesome because it is all in one pot. Specifically, a crockpot.
I love this kind of thing. I like smelling good food cooking all day and I like not fussing over it. I like how June Cleaver-ish I feel when my husband walks in after a long day of work and tells me the house smells amazing. It is so dang domestic I can barely stand myself.
Pork Chops and Broccoli Potatoes au Gratin
4 good-sized boneless pork chops
4 potatoes (I used yukon golds)
2 cups fresh broccoli
2 cups shredded smoked cheddar
4 cups milk
3 tablespoons flour
salt and pepper
First, salt and pepper your pork chops and sear them in oil. Get them nice and brown on the outside.
Lay them in the bottom of the crockpot and then slice your potatoes, as thinly as you can. I didn't take the time to peel mine and it was no matter at all.
Lay one layer of potatoes on top of the chops, sprinkle them with salt and pepper, and toss one tablespoon of flour over the top. Cover with cheese, and repeat. When you are finished layering all the potatoes, pour the milk over the top of everything and cook on low for about five hours. Add the broccoli in (be sure to poke it down so it's submerged in liquid) and cook another hour or two.
The pork chops will likely fall apart when you dig into the pot to serve it, and that's okay. Just let the whole thing mix together in cheesy goodness. Like I said, this really isn't about presentation. It's just about hot, delicious comfort food. It's about smelling the smells and feeling like June Cleaver, but putting in about as minimal effort as you can for such a complete meal.