We found some really nice lean pork loins on sale recently so we bought one that was about 9 pounds in weight. I had The Captain cut it into 4 equal size pieces and then I put them in the freezer so I could cook them up individually. We like lean pork ... there are so many ways it can be prepared.
I have been craving roasted veggies lately so I thawed one of the pork roasts and cooked part of it in the crock pot to go along with them… it was so simple… just added a few onions, some garlic, a couple of apples and lots of spices and let it all cook for several hours.
The apples and the onions made a nice juice and the pork just fell apart when we took it out of the crock… very similar to pulled pork actually.
I added a handful of raisins to it and then served it with the roasted vegetables. Lovely. Tender. Juicy. Delicious.
I have made this a couple of times lately and the leftovers freeze nicely and can be easily reheated in the mike when you want to a quick and delicious meal. So versatile, too... can be served with so many different vegetables, or even on a roll 'sloppy joe' style.
If you like, you could probably use pork chops in this recipe. I think after they are cooked that they would pull apart quite nicely, too.
Crock Pot Pulled Pork with Apples and Onions
Makes 4 servings
- 1 pork loin, about 1 pound
- 1 medium onion, cut vertically, about 1 cup
- 2 medium apples, chopped
- 8 cloves garlic, peeled, smashed and minced
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 1/4 cup raisins
- Dashes of salt and pepper
- Coat the bottom of your crock pot with a light spritz of a non-stick spray for easy clean up.
- Place half the onions, apples and garlic on the bottom of the pot.
- Set the pork loin on top and then sprinkle it with the herbs and spices.
- Cover the pork with the rest of the onions, apples and garlic.
- Put lid on the crock pot and cook on LOW for 6 or 7 hours.
- Turn off the heat and add 1/4 cup of raisins to the crockpot.
- Stir everything together pulling apart the pork roast as you do so.
- Serve 1/4 of the mixture per person, with your choice of vegetables or over cooked squash halves or baked sweet potatoes.
Weight Watchers P+ = 5.
Calories 254; Protein 26g; Carbohydrate 23g; Fat 7g; Fibre 3g.
Pile everything in the crock pot and cook for several hours.
When it’s cooked and still steaming, shred the pork with 2 forks.
Served with a variety of veggies…
So tender and juicy and the raisins offer just a bit of a sweet taste.
The Captain had his served over a baked white potato.
I also like it heaped into a roasted squash ‘bowl’.
Do you like to use your crock pot for quick and easy meals?