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Slow-Cooker Maple Pork Shoulder with Apples

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Slow-Cooker Maple Pork Shoulder with Apples
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 7 hr 50 min
  • Servings 8
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Perfect for fall (or anytime you crave something warm and filling), this tender slow-cooker pork gets its layers of flavor from pure maple syrup, apples and herbs.
Updated Apr 23, 2019

Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 lb boneless pork shoulder roast, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup Progresso™ chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups sliced yellow onions
  • 1 medium unpeeled Fuji or Gala apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyère cheese, if desired
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves

Steps

  • 1
    Spray 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Rub pork with salt and pepper. In 12-inch skillet, melt butter over medium heat; cook pork in butter 2 to 4 minutes on each side or until browned. Transfer pork to slow cooker.
  • 2
    In large bowl, beat broth, maple syrup and mustard with whisk. Stir in onions. Pour mixture over pork. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 7 to 9 hours or until pork is tender.
  • 3
    Carefully transfer pork to cutting board; let stand about 5 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Shred pork, discarding any pieces of fat and cartilage.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, add apple to slow cooker. In small bowl, beat cornstarch and vinegar with whisk; stir into liquid in slow cooker. Cover; cook on High heat setting 10 to 15 minutes or until liquid thickens. Stir in pork; heat through. Serve pork topped with parsley, thyme leaves and cheese, if desired.

Expert Tips

  • tip 1
    Remember to trim the fat from the pork. Some fat is fine, but large pieces of fat left on the outside of the pork will make the sauce greasy.
  • tip 2
    Cooking Gluten Free? Always read labels to make sure each recipe ingredient is gluten free. Products and ingredient sources can change.

Nutrition Information

430 Calories, 23g Total Fat, 35g Protein, 22g Total Carbohydrate, 16g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
430
Calories from Fat
200
Total Fat
23g
35%
Saturated Fat
9g
44%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
110mg
37%
Sodium
1080mg
45%
Potassium
580mg
17%
Total Carbohydrate
22g
7%
Dietary Fiber
1g
5%
Sugars
16g
Protein
35g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
6%
6%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
8%
8%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 5 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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