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Spiced Pork with Squash and Potatoes

Makes: 4 servings
Prep 40 mins Slow Cook 7 hrs to 8 hrs  (low) or 3 to 3 1/2 hours (high)
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 - 2 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)
  • Servings Per Recipe 4,
  • cal. (kcal) 453,
  • Fat, total (g) 11,
  • chol. (mg) 82,
  • sat. fat (g) 3,
  • carb. (g) 58,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 6,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1,
  • fiber (g) 7,
  • sugar (g) 22,
  • pro. (g) 30,
  • vit. A (IU) 27648,
  • vit. C (mg) 174,
  • Thiamin (mg) 1,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 8,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 1,
  • Folate (g) 65,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 1,
  • sodium (mg) 858,
  • Potassium (mg) 1446,
  • calcium (mg) 141,
  • iron (mg) 5,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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