Pork and Apricots with Mashed Sweet Potatoes

This harvest meal features tender pork shoulder and sausage seasoned with tarragon and fennel, plus a generous helping of fluffy mashed sweet potatoes.

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Makes:
8 servings
Prep:
35 mins
Cook:
7 hrs to 9 hrs (low) or 3 1/2 to 4 hours (high)
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Pork and Apricots with Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients
2 1/2
pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-1/2-inch chunks
1
3 1/2 pound boneless pork shoulder roast
1
teaspoon dried tarragon, crushed
1 1/2
teaspoons fennel seeds, crushed
3
1 1/2
teaspoons salt
1
teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2
tablespoons cooking oil
12
ounces kielbasa or other smoked sausage links, halved lengthwise and cut into 2-inch-long pieces
1
14 ounce can chicken broth
3/4
cup apricot nectar
1/2
cup dried apricots
4
teaspoons cornstarch

Directions

  1. Place sweet potatoes in the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker. Trim fat from pork roast. Combine the tarragon, fennel seed, garlic, salt, and pepper in a small bowl; rub onto pork roast.
  2. In a very large skillet, brown roast on all sides in hot oil. Drain off fat. Place meat on top of sweet potatoes in cooker. Add sausage. Pour broth and 1/2 cup of the apricot nectar over all.
  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 7 to 9 hours or on high-heat setting for 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours, adding dried apricots for the last 30 minutes of cooking.
  4. With a slotted spoon, transfer pork, sausage, and apricots to serving platter. Transfer sweet potato chunks to a large bowl; mash with a potato masher.
  5. Strain cooking liquid into a glass measuring cup. Skim fat from cooking liquid; discard fat. Reserve 2 cups liquid (if necessary add chicken broth to measure 2 cups). In a small bowl whisk together the remaining 1/4 cup apricot nectar and the cornstarch. In a medium saucepan, combine cooking liquid and the cornstarch mixture. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly; cook for 2 minutes more. Serve with pork and mashed sweet potatoes. Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition Facts

(Pork and Apricots with Mashed Sweet Potatoes)
    Per serving:
  • 565 kcal cal.,
  • 28 g fat
  • (11 g sat. fat,
  • 159 mg chol.,
  • 1161 mg sodium,
  • 29 g carb.,
  • 4 g fiber,
  • 47 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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