April 16, 2012

Taste of Home Satay-Style Pork Stew

With all my posts on slowcooker recipes one would think that I grew up with a mother that constantly used her crock-pot. However, I wasn't. My mom could never get the hang of her slowcooker, but loved her pressure cooker. I'm sorry to admit that I have a pressure cooker/canner which I use to can every year, but the thought of preparing meat or other foods in it scares me! I know that I should learn, my mother-in-law makes the best pasta sauce using her pressure cooker and she assures me that the pressure valve won't actually fly off and kill me. However, all that I can remember is the very old pressure cooker that my mom owned and how I was told to never go in the kitchen when it was on. Doesn't make for a high level of comfort when using one as an adult. Needless to say, while my pressure cooker is rarely used, I love my slowcooker. If you've read my blog for any amount of time you already know that I normally make a slowcooker recipe approximately once a week. One of my favorite things to cook in the crock-pot is pork and I was excited when I saw a new recipe for Satay-Style Pork Stew in the April/May issue of Taste of Home magazine.

This recipe has 13 ingredients. It takes 25 minutes of prep and 8 hours of cooking time and makes 8 servings. I had no problems finding any of the ingredients at my local grocery store and made no ingredient modifications. I did change a few things in regard to the specific type of ingredient. For the teriyaki sauce there were only two types at my local grocery store, neither of which was low-sodium so I used regular. Since I make my own chicken broth and don't add salt I wasn't worried about the dish being overly salty. For the peanut butter I used natural organic peanut butter, I prefer the taste and texture. Finally, I left out the green onions and peanuts for the topping. Honestly, I forget to add them at dinner time and the dish was fine without them added. Make sure to take off most of the fat from the butt roast or you will be left with a lot of fat to skim off the finished dish. I followed the remainder of the recipe as written.

I was skeptical about the use of parsnips in this recipe. I bought and added them worried that the taste would be less than appetizing. The finished dish was delicious. I had nothing to worry about with the parsnips, they blended perfectly with the pork and peanut taste. This is one of the better slowcooker recipes I have tried in the last couple of months and the taste was good enough that my two kids didn't notice that I served the dish with brown rice. Overall, a delicious peanut taste that was well received by everyone in my house.

For the recipe go to Satay-Style Pork Stew. (registration required)
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