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Slow-Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast

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Slow-Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast
  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 0 min
  • Servings 4
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Slow-Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast

This is a perfect hands-off, rustic dinner for the holiday season. Seasoned and seared pork, slow cooked with a slightly sweet and spicy cranberry sauce!

Ingredients

2-3 pounds pork loin roast
Salt and pepper
2
tablespoons olive oil
1
medium white onion, chopped
1
cup dried cranberries
1/4
cup Cascadian Farm™ organic blackberry fruit spread
1
teaspoon chili powder
1
bay leaf
1
cup vegetable stock
1
cup water

Directions

  • 1 Season pork roast with salt and pepper on all sides. Heat a large cast iron skillet or sturdy pan over medium-high heat.
  • 2 Add oil to the pan and once the oil is hot, add pork roast and sear for 2-3 minutes on all sides.
  • 3 Transfer pork to a slow cooker with chopped onions, dried cranberries, jam, spices and stock.
  • 4 Pour water into the pan used to sear the pork and scrape up any bits in the pan. Pour that liquid over the pork in the slow cooker.
  • 5 Cover slow cooker and cook on high for 90-120 minutes. Test pork temperature with a meat thermometer. It should register 145-150ºF in the thickest part of the roast. Remove meat to a serving tray and thicken sauce, if desired, by continuing to cook in slow cooker a few minutes more (or by mixing a teaspoon of corn starch with a teaspoon of water until smooth and whisking it into the sauce).
  • 6 Slice roast into 1/4-inch or 1/2-inch slices. Serve the pork drizzled with sauce from the slow cooker.
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Pork tenderloin gets a holiday makeover with cranberries, but its easy prep and cooking in the slow cooker can be your secret!

As prepared by Macheesmo,

Pretty enough for guests but easy enough for a weeknight – that's this cranberry pork roast.

There's a huge amount of recipes during the holidays that require a lot of effort. Generally, I think it’s worth it to spend the effort to make a great meal.

At the same time, it’s helpful to have some hands-off recipes at the ready that you can whip up and serve to impress, but aren’t actually that much work. The slow cooker is a great tool for these kinds of meals!

This delicious, savory and juicy pork roast is slow cooked in a slightly sweet cranberry sauce that really brings out the flavors of the holidays. It doesn’t have a ton of ingredients, yet the flavors are really complex and wonderful.

 

Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast

The basic ingredients for the slow cooker are an onion, some dried cranberries, and some jam. I think grape or blackberry work really well.

 

Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast

Add those things to a slow cooker with some chili powder and stock and get it heating up.

 

Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast

While you could just throw the pork in there at this point, I think searing the pork first makes the final dish better. This isn’t too hard. Just season it with salt and pepper and sear it for a few minutes per side in a cast iron skillet (or any sturdy skillet).

 

Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast

Then add the pork to the slow cooker!

Add about a cup of water to the skillet you seared the pork in. Use the water to scrape up any bits left in the pan and pour that in the slow cooker also. Lots of flavor there!

 

Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast

The pork will need to cook on high for 90-120 minutes. The only way to know it’s done for sure is to test it with a meat thermometer. It should register 145-150 degrees in the thickest part.

 

Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast

Remove meat to a serving tray and thicken sauce, if desired, by continuing to cook in slow cooker a few minutes more (or mixing a teaspoon of corn starch with a teaspoon of water until smooth and whisking it into the sauce).

Then you can slice the pork and ladle the sauce over the top!

 

Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast

All in all, it’s a meal that really seems elegant for the effort it takes. Serve it to your friends and family, but feel free to keep the cooking trick a secret. It’s safe with me!

 

Nick thinks you should save your cooking energy and let the slow cooker do its magic! Check out his blog, Macheesmo, and follow him on his Tablespoon Profile.

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Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
730.1
Daily Value
Total Fat
43.0g
66%
(
Saturated Fat
13.4g
67%
)
Cholesterol
178.6mg
60%
Sodium
756.2mg
32%
Total Carbohydrate
28.5g
10%
(
Dietary Fiber
2.7g
11%
,
Sugars
20.9g
)
Protein
56.5g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
6.70%
7%
Calcium
7.20%
7%
Iron
15.40%
15%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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