March 21, 2013

Crock Pot Italian Braised Pork

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Crock-Pot Italian Braised Pork

If you've read my blog for any given amount of time you know that I love my crock-pot. My weekdays tend to be busy and with two boys they are often chaotic. There are many great recipes that take hours to cook and are well worth it. However, oftentimes I need recipes that taste good while still being quick to prepare. I love that with the slow cooker all I have to do is add the ingredients in the morning and by dinner it is done without much fuss. Pork is one of my favorite crock-pot meals. It almost always turns out tender and makes enough for multiple meals. This week I tried a new recipe for Italian Braised Pork from the Everyday Food insert of Martha Stewart Living magazine.

This recipe has 11 ingredients. It takes 4 hours 20 minutes of total time, 20 minutes of which is active and makes 4 servings. I was unable to find a 2 1/2 pound pork shoulder so instead I bought a 7 pound roast and cut it to the correct size. Instead of using couscous, I substituted basmati rice. At the table I added chopped parsley.

I found that this recipe made way more than the 4 servings suggested by the recipe. There was enough for dinner for my family of four plus leftovers for two more lunches. The flavor of this dish is subtle so it would work well for people that love pork but aren't fans of a lot of spice in their dishes. My husband wished that it had had more of a kick. For similar people wanting a little more kick a small amount, 1/4-1/2 teaspoon, of crushed red pepper would create a little more heat.

For the recipe go to Italian Braised Pork.

20 comments:

  1. OMG! I want to live in your blog! I wish I could cook like that!

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  2. I'm a big crockpot user too. This looks really good. I'm always happy to find new pork recipes, there don't seem to be very many out there.

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    1. I agree that it is harder to find good pork recipes. Crock-pots are the best :)

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  3. I do something similar with chicken and I also serve it over white rice - soooo good.

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    1. It would work with chicken thighs also, yum!

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    1. If you try the recipe tell me how it turns out!

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    1. You're sweet, thanks for stopping by :)

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  6. Lovely food here. I'd love to have you share at What to do Weekends also. Following you..Linda

    http://www.craftsalamode.com/2013/03/what-to-do-weekends-11.html

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    1. Added my link, thanks for hosting and the heads up :)

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  7. Beautiful site and everything looks so fabulous! Thanks linking to the Getting To Know You Hop.
    Have a blessed weekend. :D

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    1. Thanks for the sweet comments and for hosting :)

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  8. We had pork last night that hubby said was a little on the tough side. I shoulda' used the crock pot. Now I have a recipe for next time, and thanks. :)

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    1. I have had problems with oven roasts too. The crock pot is nice since it works well with really tough meat.

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  9. My husband and I finally just got a crock pot and we've been on a crock pot obsession lately. Your recipes sound easy to make and look delicious. Found you thru Aloha Blog Hop and am a new follower. Thank you

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    1. I am pretty crock pot obsessed myself :) Crock pots really are great and save so much time with dinner prep!

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