Saturday, October 15, 2011

Spiced Sweet Potato, Pork & Apple Cider Stew



I had an idea for a stew like this awhile back when the fall vegetables really started coming in and we got apple cider in the produce CSA haul one week, but I originally thought I would use chicken.

Pork was SO MUCH BETTER.  I don't know why I don't cook with more pork more often.  It's awesome.

This stew takes about twenty minutes to throw together, and it's savory and sweet all at the same time.  Because I could only have eight ingredients (except the pork and "pantry staples" such as salt, etc.) I creatively made do with poultry seasoning and pumpkin pie spice.  The vanilla and apple cider vinegar play well with each other, and round out the stew well with great depth of flavor.

And, like most stews, it tastes even better the next day.

The Tools:

2 medium sweet potatoes
1 large Granny Smith apple
1 cup red onion
1 lb pork chops, thawed
3 cups apple cider
1 cup water
1 T poultry seasoning
1 t pumpkin pie spice 
1/2 t salt
1/4 t black pepper
1 T apple cider vinegar
1 t vanilla extract

The Process:

Peel and chop the sweet potatoes and apple into bite-sized pieces.  Dump them into the crockpot.  Chop enough of a red onion to fill your measuring cup, and then plop the onion in the crock as well.

Definitely remember to wash your hands now.  (And definitely DON'T scratch your eye and then flail around the kitchen doing that oh-crud-I-got-onion-in-my-eye squealy dance.)

Using a pair of sharp kitchen scissors, cut the pork chops into bite-sized pieces and place them in the crockpot.

Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.  Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours.

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