Friday, March 11, 2011

Pork: it's what's for dinner!

Life gets busy and having to cook every day can be a chore. I like simple dishes that taste great, have nutritional value and result in leftovers! So what better way to experiment then by using the slow cooker! My parent's use their machine all the time and so it was time to put the frying pan away and do something new!

After putting the pork roast in the slow cooker, the aroma throughout the house was intoxicating. Mmmm...6 hours seemed so long, but it was well worth the wait!

Thursday, March 11, 2011. Here's a photo of the delicious slow-cooking pork roast at about 3 hours into cooking. I would have taken another picture of it all finished, but the smell was so good, we just wanted to sit down and eat!

Simple ingredients and instructions for this meal:

1. Defrost the pork roast (might take bout 2-3 days, depending on size, this one was HUGE!) in the fridge in a large bowl or plate. I was told that the best cuts for slow cooking are the shoulder or butt.
*If you buy your meat, the day that you are planning to make it, just skip steps 1&2)

2. Once defrosted, place the pork roast in the slow cooker (cut it into pieces if it won't fit as a whole, and make sure to take off the string!)

3. Pour in about half a container of apple juice (any brand will do, the cheaper the better for your wallet -- the "no sugar added" is best)

4a) Add desired spices or if you're inclined, sauce. For this recipe, herb and garlic spice mix was used from Epicure Selections. I've been to 2 parties now and actually played hostess, since my friend Cindy is a consultant. These dips in particular are awesome and can be used in a variety of ways, really enhancing any appetizer, snack or meal. If you are interested in any product click here: EPICURE-HERB & GARLIC DIP and then contact me with your order.

4b) Add in any desired vegetables;  here, just a small bag of baby carrots was used to try out.

5. Set your slow cooker on low for approx. 6 hours (this recipe was done from: 10-4ish) and check periodically to make sure it's cooking well, if you're at home.

6. At about the 5th hour, use a fork and knife to cut a bit of the pork in the middle, to make sure it's cooked thoroughly and soft.

7. Once you're happy with it, turn off the slow cooker, and serve the meal! Make sure to have extra baggies because you'll most likely have leftovers. :)

*We also made some garlic and herb buttered toast with cheese.
Again, easy to do!

1. In a bowl, place desired amount of butter with the herb and garlic mix. Microwave for 20 seconds to melt mixture together and then spread on toast. Add any kind of shredded cheese on top. Preheat oven to 350 and bake for about 6-7 minutes, depending on how toasted you like the bread an how melted you like the cheese.

If you have any other recipes for slow-cooking, i'd love to hear them! So drop me a line at my blog or e-mail me.