I wrote last week about our new fascination for making dinners in the crock pot. It’s super easy, the dinners usually turn out really good, the apartments smells so divine, and the clean-up is minimal. The best part: Even the kids enjoy them.
Last weekend, my husband hopped on his bike and rode 80 or so blocks up to Costco and filled his backpack with as much bulk food as he could possibly fit. We don’t get up there very often, mostly because we need a car for transporting all of our Costco bounty, but when we do get to go, it makes me positively giddy (does that show my age? sigh). Easily his best purchase: A four pack of pork sirloin tip roast for $18.56. That’s at least 5 or 6 healthy & easy dinners for our family.
Sundays are my favorite days-our local farmer’s market is open and I can take the kids to the park and shop for organic produce in the same trip. Yesterday, in my usual Sunday fashion, I stocked up on fruit and vegetables and created a recipe for the pork we bought to use in the crock pot and created what I call Sweet Harvest Pork with Truffle Mashed Potatoes.
Sweet Harvest Pork Recipe
1 1/2 lbs Pork Sirloin Tip Roast
2 Tbs Olive Oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
3 apples (tart ones, like Pink Ladies or Honey Crisp)
2 Bosc pears
3 fresh figs
1 med sized onion
3 sprigs thyme
3 sprigs sage
1/4 c apple cider
2 Tbs cornstarch
Season pork with salt and pepper and sear in a non-stick pan. Core apples and pear, slice horizontally and throw into the crock pot with halved figs, chopped onion, thyme, sage and pork. Cook on high for 3 1/2-4 hours.
When finished, place pork and fruit/onion mixture aside, cover with foil, and pour remaining juices into a skillet on the stove. Slowly whisk in apple cider and cornstarch on medium heat until thickened and garnish as needed.
Truffle Mashed Potatoes
Peel and slice 6 russet potatoes into quarters and steam until tender. Drain and blend with mixer along with 3 TBS Milk and 1 tsp truffle salt.
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