Slow Cooking

One of my favorite kitchen appliances is this multi purpose cooker by Cuisinart. With it I can roast, sauté, steam or slow cook. These days when I am in and out of the house so much, the slow cook feature is well used. I can start a meal in the morning and when I return later in the day the house is filled with tantalizing aroma.

Certainly, that was true of this dish made with two main ingredients, pork and butternut squash. Judging from the clean as a whistle plates, it was a winner! As the cook, I appreciated both the moans of pleasure from guests and how simple it was to prepare. That makes it a recipe worth sharing.

Pork with Spicy Squash

3 lb. boneless pork loin well seasoned with salt and pepper

2 T. olive oil

1 large yellow onion, finely chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 T. dry white wine or vermouth

1 c. chicken stock

1 lb. butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1″ cubes

1 T. olive oil

1/4 c. each chopped Thai or sweet basil and cilantro

1/3-1/2 c. Asian Lime vinaigrette made with 2 T. olive oil, 1 T. soy sauce, juice of 1 lime, 2 t. sherry vinegar, 1/2 t. sugar, 1 t. finely chopped ginger and 2- 3 drops of Tabasco or Sriracha, all blended together.

Sear the pork in 2 T. of olive oil until it is browned on all sides. Place in your slow cooker.* Sauté onion until it is tender. Add garlic and cook one minute more. Stir in wine and chicken stock and pour over the pork. Cover and cook on low setting for 6 hours or until the meat is so tender it almost falls apart. Remove to a cutting board or large bowl or platter and shred. Add some of the braising liquid to moisten the pork.

About 20 minutes before the pork is done, roast the butternut squash that has been tossed in 1 T. of olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper. Stir every 5 minutes or so until the squash is done. In a bowl, add basil, cilantro and the vinaigrette to the squash and toss.

To serve, mound some of the pork on a warmed plate and top with the squash mixture. It can also be served from a large platter, but it does look very nice when it is plated.

*Should you not have a slow cooker, I think it would work to roast the pork in the oven until it is tender.

You can serve this dish with a side of vegetables if you like, but all that is really needed is a salad. Greens tossed with apple or pear, craisins and carmelized pecans or walnuts is a perfect accompaniment. If wine is served, I recommend a rose or sauvignon blanc to complement the spicy flavors in the squash.

I’m thinking this is a dish that will be added to my list of favorites.

17 thoughts on “Slow Cooking

  1. This combination sounds divine. Many thanks.

  2. I am the slow cooker queen due to my limited time. I love love love it!

  3. Lulu,
    Meat this size is really expensive in The Netherlands but for a tried a true recipe it may well be worth biting the bullet. I have to admit that the main reason I haven’t used my slow cooker in ages, is simply because we as a family are now eating vegetarian so often, and meat in very small portions.
    That’s largely because we wanted to be healthier, were concerned about the ecological footprint of meat on our planet and after we started our regular “meatless Mondays”, Kiwi Daughter decided too go full time vegetarian, which lead to use cutting meat out more often. Maybe I could make this for one of our meat days but freeze most of it for future meals.
    Thanks for the recipe Lulu, it looks DELICIOUS!

    1. We don’t eat meat at every meal, but when company comes i usually have one for those who like. The pork freezes nicely. Happy holidays to you and yours.

  4. This sounds delicious!

  5. I use a slow cooker almost twice a week… especially if we are out on an adventure!

    Your dish looks delish!

    1. Slow cooking does make life easier.

  6. I love love my slow cooker and it gets a work out, your pork with squash sounds wonderful!

    1. Ah, so you are also a fan of slow cooking! It does have its advantages.

  7. Linda, the dish looks beautiful and a I am sure it is delicious. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!

    1. It was very tasty and is on my list of cold weather favorites.

  8. That is great to know. And your recipe reads and looks amazing! Thanks for sharing.

    1. My pleasure to share food things to eat.

  9. Sounds wonderful” thanks for sharing!

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