I started this blog so my daughters could find all of our family favourite recipes in one place. It has actually grown into more than just the family favourites but also other recipes we've tried out in our kitchen. I don't like to fill up the post with alot of chatter. Sometimes there's a little story to tell, but usually I like to get right to the point. So this is for them, but hope you find some recipes that you like as well. I'll be sharing a lot of recipes, and along the way you'll find some crafty things and maybe some helpful hints too!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Slow Cooker Pork with Whole Apples

This small pork loin went right from the freezer to the slow cooker. It was a last minute decision to make so I didn't have time to defrost it. Worked out fine, but if you use a fresh or defrosted pork loin you might have to adjust the cooking time down a little.

1  1/4 lb boneless pork loin
2 small onions, sliced
a pinch of coriander seeds, crushed
1/2 tsp marjoram
1/2 tsp sage
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp celery seed
1 bay leaf
1 cup apple juice
whole apples
some brown sugar
1 tsp cornstarch
2-3 tbsps cold water

Mix together the coriander, marjoram, sage, smoked (or regular) paprika, nutmeg and celery seed. Reserve 1/4 tsp per apple for later.

Coat the pork loin with the seasonings and sit it in the crock pot on a bed of sliced onions.

Core your apples. I was using my small slow cooker so only had room for two. Sprinkle the inside of the apples with the reserved spice mix then fill the cavity with brown sugar. Sit the apples in the pot and add the bay leaf too.

Pour apple juice in beside the meat not over it. Cover and slow cook on high for 4  1/2 hours.

Remove the pork and apples to a plate and keep warm.

Pour the juices into a saucepan. You can keep the onions in there too or add them back later.
Mix cornstarch and cold water in a small cup, then add a little of the warm juices. Pour it all back into the saucepan, mixing well and heating until your sauce has thickened.

You could add the meat back to the pan à la pulled pork, but I felt a spoonful of the sauce underneath the meat worked for me today.

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