Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Crockpot harvest pork...simple and nearly complete meal

So I originally found this recipe in a Fix it and Forget it cookbook. After examining I realized how easily I could make it deliciously Paleo. Plus, I love when everything just gets tossed into a pot and then you come home 6-8 hours later to an amazing meal. The apples and squash make a fabulous topping for the pork. Its so flavorful. The pork just falls apart, be cautious when taking it out of the slow cooker.

Harvest Pork

1 cup apple cider (apple juice works in a pinch)
1.5-2 lbs pork loin
sea salt
2 large granny smith apples, peeled and sliced
1.5 whole butternut squashes, peeled and cubed
2 tbsp maple syrup (also works with maple flavored agave)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp dried sage

Heat the cider in a skillet. Sear the pork on all sides in the cider. Salt and pepper the pork to taste. Place in slow cooker, cover with juice. Mix apples, squash, maple and seasoning in a bowl (or a ziploc bag if you want to save on dishes). Place squash and apple mixture around the pork. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours. Once cooked remove pork from cooker and let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Serve topped with the apple and squash mush.

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