Louisiana style smothered pork chops

Louisiana Style Smothered Pork Chops
4 ounces smoked sausage, chopped
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4 (1 1/2 inch thick) bone-in center-cut pork chops
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 (16 ounce) package gumbo frozen vegetable mix
1 (14 ounce) can chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
Hot cooked rice
4 green onions, sliced
Hot sauce, optional
Saute sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat until browned. Drain sausage, reserving drippings in pan. Combine flour, salt and pepper in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag; add pork chops. Seal bag and shake to coat. Add oil to drippings in skillet. Cook pork chops in hot oil over medium-high heat for 3 minutes on each side, or until browned. Transfer pork chops to a 5 to 6 quart slow cooker. Layer vegetables and sausage over pork chops; add broth and thyme. Cover; cook on low for 6 hours. Remove pork chops from slow cooker; cover and keep warm. Increase slow cooker temperature to high. Combine cornstarch and water, stirring until smooth. Stir cornstarch mixture into vegetables in slow cooker. Cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes, or until thickened. Spoon rice onto serving plates; top with pork chops. Spoon vegetables and sauce over pork chops. Sprinkle vegetables with green onions and serve with hot sauce, if desired.
Makes 4 servings.