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Pork and Apricots with Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Makes: 8 servings
Prep 35 mins Cook 7 hrs to 9 hrs  (low) or 3 1/2 to 4 hours (high)
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 - 4  pound  boneless pork shoulder roast
  • 1  teaspoon  dried tarragon, crushed
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  fennel seeds, crushed
  • 3  cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  salt
  • 1  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 2  tablespoons  cooking oil
  • 12 - 16  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)
  • Servings Per Recipe 8,
  • cal. (kcal) 565,
  • Fat, total (g) 28,
  • chol. (mg) 159,
  • sat. fat (g) 11,
  • carb. (g) 29,
  • fiber (g) 4,
  • pro. (g) 47,
  • sodium (mg) 1161,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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