Sugar-Spiced Pork with Squash and Potatoes

The poblano chile peppers give this dish heat. To reduce the heat, remove the seeds and the membranes inside the pepper.

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Makes:
4 servings
Prep:
40 mins
Slow Cook:
7 hrs to 8 hrs (low) or 3 to 3 1/2 hours (high)
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Sugar-Spiced Pork with Squash and Potatoes

Ingredients
1
pound butternut squash, halved, seeded, peeled, and cut into 1-inch cubes*
1
pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
1
tablespoon olive oil
1/4
cup packed brown sugar
1
teaspoon salt
1
teaspoon ground cumin
1/2
teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2
teaspoon ground ginger
2
fresh poblano peppers, seeded and cut into bite-size strips**
2
small onions, cut into thin wedges
1
2 pound pork shoulder roast, trimmed of fat and cut into 1-inch cubes
2/3
cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1
tablespoon snipped fresh parsley

Directions

  1. In a large bowl combine squash and sweet potatoes. Drizzle oil over vegetables, tossing to coat. In a small bowl combine brown sugar, salt, cumin, black pepper, cinnamon, and ginger. Add half of the spice mixture to squash mixture; set remaining aside. Toss squash mixture to coat pieces. Transfer to a 4 1/2- or 5-quart slow cooker. Add poblano peppers and onions to cooker.
  2. In the same bowl combine the meat and the remaining spice mixture, tossing to coat pieces. Add meat to cooker. Pour broth over meat.
  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 7 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 3 1/2 hours.
  4. To serve, transfer squash mixture and meat to a serving bowl. Sprinkle with parsley.

From the Test Kitchen

*

To save time, look for precut butternut squash at your grocery store.

**

Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.

Nutrition Facts

(Sugar-Spiced Pork with Squash and Potatoes)
    Per serving:
  • 453 kcal cal.,
  • 11 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 6 g monounsatured fat),
  • 82 mg chol.,
  • 858 mg sodium,
  • 58 g carb.,
  • 7 g fiber,
  • 22 g sugar,
  • 30 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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