Cider-Braised Pork Roast and Apples

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Makes:
6 servings
Yields:
6 servings + reserves
Prep:
30 mins
Cook:
8 hrs to 10 hrs (low) or 4 to 5 hours (high)
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Cider-Braised Pork Roast and Apples

Ingredients
1
3 pound boneless pork top loin roast
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
1/2
teaspoon dried sage, crushed
1/4
teaspoon ground black pepper
2
tablespoons cooking oil
4
red, yellow, and/or green apples, cored and each cut into 6 wedges
1/3
cup chopped shallots
1
tablespoon bottled minced garlic or 6 cloves garlic, minced
3
tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
3/4
cup chicken broth
3/4
cup apple cider or juice
3
cups hot cooked rice

Directions

  1. Trim fat from meat. In a small bowl, stir together salt, thyme, sage, and pepper. Sprinkle spice mixture over meat; rub in with your fingers. In a large skillet, brown meat on all sides in hot oil over medium heat.
  2. In a 6- or 7-quart slow cooker, place apples, shallots, and garlic; sprinkle with tapioca. Place meat on top of apple mixture. Pour broth and apple cider over meat.
  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.
  4. Reserve and store* 1 pound of the meat. Use for Pork and Berry Salad (see recipe below). Slice remaining pork; serve with apples and hot cooked rice. Spoon some of the cooking liquid over all. Makes 6 servings.

From the Test Kitchen

*

Place meat in an airtight container; cover. Chill for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in refrigerator overnight before using.

Pork and Berry Salad:

Chop or slice reserved meat. Arrange 6 cups torn mixed greens on individual plates. Top with meat and 3 cups mixed berries, such as sliced strawberries, blueberries, and/or raspberries. Drizzle with 1/2 cup bottled balsamic vinaigrette or your favorite vinaigrette. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts per serving of Pork and Berry Salad: 236 cal., 11 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 66 mg chol., 371 mg sodium, 9 g carb., 2 g dietary fiber, 24 g protein.

Nutrition Facts

(Cider-Braised Pork Roast and Apples)
    Per serving:
  • 407 kcal cal.,
  • 12 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 7 g monounsatured fat),
  • 67 mg chol.,
  • 303 mg sodium,
  • 43 g carb.,
  • 2 g fiber,
  • 11 g sugar,
  • 30 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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