Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Paleo Crock Pot Pork with Apples, Onions & Carrots

Today was the perfect day to break out the crock pot. I'm chairing the book fair at my kids' school, and knew I'd be out most of the day. The temps have really dropped this week, and blustery winds have made for the kind of evenings that you just want to curl up and be warm and comfy.

In other words, when you come in after a long, busy day and smell cinnamon, pork, apples and onions it's a VERY good thing.

I browned the meat a little in a sauce pot before slow cooking it, as I love the color and crispness that a crock pot alone can't achieve. If you're pressed for time in the morning, though, you can certainly skip this step. I do recommend slicing the meat to insert the apples, though, as it makes for juicier and more flavorful meat.

This recipe is basically our house favorite apple pork loin with the addition of carrots and onions. I also used maple syrup instead of honey this time and find both work equally well.

Paleo Crock Pot Pork with Apples, Onions & Carrots

1 tbs. olive oil
2-3 lb. pork loin
2 thinly sliced apples
1 large onion, thinly sliced
3 large carrots, peeled and sliced thinly
salt, pepper, cinnamon & nutmeg, to taste
1 tbs. raw honey or maple syrup
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 tbs. dijon mustard
1/4 cup water, chicken broth or apple cider

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add pork loin to skillet, browning on each side.

Remove from skillet and cut slits into the meat. Sprinkle pork generously with salt and pepper, as well as some cinnamon and nutmeg. Really work the spices down into the slits you've cut.

Stuff slits with some apple and onion slices. Place pork in crock pot.

In a medium bowl, combine honey or maple syrup with dijon mustard and applesauce. Pour mixture over pork in crock pot. Scatter remaining apple, onion and sliced carrot on top of and alongside pork.

Pour in water, broth or cider and cover. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or until most of liquid has evaporated and pork is cooked through.

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