Take to the Table Tuesday: Slow Cooked Pork with Apples

by Mindy Lockard on October 12, 2009


pork-apples

We love casual dinners of soups, stews and sandwiches but some evenings I like to set a different setting by adding a more traditional element to our dinner table.  As an etiquette consultant and mom I think it’s important to expose my family to different dinner settings, foods and textures.  However, wanting this for my family is much easier said then done — especially since time isn’t always on my side.  This is when I turn to my slow cooker for a little assistance and time!  Today’s Take to the Table Tuesday is an entire menu that was recently a hit at our house — Elle asked to have it every night!

Take to the Table Tenderloin with Apples

Pork Tenderloin with apples and ginger served with a roasted butternut squash puree

Baked apples stuffed with savory cornbread stuffing

Sautéed Sweet Potato Spears

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In the slow cooker add

1.6 pound pork tenderloin

1 cup apple cider

1 cup low sodium vegetable stock

1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce

1/2 to 1 TBL minced fresh ginger

1 large pressed garlic clove

Three chopped small apples

Season with two pinches of Salt and a dash of Pepper

Cored apples (4 for our family)

To core the apple, cut off the top and with a metal melon baller or espresso scoop and scoop out core.

Cook on high for 4.5 hours

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While pork is cooking or night before…

Bake cornbread

In a pan sauté

1 TBS Olive Oil

1 medium chopped onion

3 large chopped celery stalks

1 TBS Poultry Seasoning

1/2 tsp ground ginger

pork-stuffing

In a medium size bowl add Sautéed Veggies once they have cooled to 2 cups cornbread & 1 cup veggie stock

Once the Pork is cooked transfer it to a roasting pan. Carefully remove the poached apples with tongs and use a spoon to stuff with the cornbread stuffing. Add to the bottom of the roasting pan.  Cook until the pork reaches 160 degrees or browned. Remove and wrap with foil for 10 minutes.

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Dinner is served

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Extras:

Sweet Potato Spears

Once the pork is in the oven. In a medium size sauté pan take 3/4 cup of juice from the crock pot and add to two cups speared sweet potatoes.  Sautee until Al dente. Season with Salt and Pepper

Apple Topping

Once the pork is in the oven, transfer the onion, apple, ginger liquid from the slow cooker to a sauce pan, and cook on medium/low until the liquid is reduced.

Butternut Squash

While the pork is cooking in the crock pot or the night before, put halved and seeded butternut squash filled with veggie stalk in a baking dish with a 1/4 inch of water.  Cook at 350 until fork tender. It takes apx 30 minutes give or take depending on the size of the squash.  While still warm (but not hot) shell out meat of squash with a spoon and put it in a food processor with 2 TBS butter and 1/4 cup brown sugar.  Process until creamy and smooth.  Transfer to a container that you can keep and reheat when the pork is served.

What you need

Pork Tenderloin
Apple Cider
Vegetable Stock (reduced sodium)
Soy Sauce (reduced sodium)
Ginger
Garlic Clove
Apples
2 onions (three cups chopped and number for stuffed)
Prepared Cornbread
3 Celery Stalks
Poultry Seasoning
Ground Ginger
Butternut squash
Speared sweet potatoes
Butter
Brown sugar


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Dana 10.12.09 at 9:22 pm

That sounds wonderful. I haven’t had pork in so long. Don’t know why, just haven’t made any in a long time. I just bought a new crock pot, so I’m going to try this recipe this week. Thanks!

pve 10.13.09 at 1:20 am

What a lovely meal! I just happen to have all the right ingredients to make this for dinner! My teenage sons will thank-you! (my girl too)
pve

belle on heels 10.13.09 at 4:55 am

i have been looking for a yummy fall meal to make in my slow cooker literally all week. thank you!!

micki 10.13.09 at 7:03 am

this looks delicious! can’t wait to try it!

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