Salvere Recipe: Crock Pot Pork with Apples and Onions

by Salvere Health and Fitness
Fall and apples go together like peas and carrots! Okay, maybe fall and apples are a little better then peas and carrots. Look for ways to incorporate apples into your meals. Make a homemade applesauce, roast for a salad or a dessert, add to soups… So many options!  And then, the crock pot — Throw everything in and go. Come home and, viola, dinner!

When choosing an apple for cooking, look for different apples and their specific characteristics. I don’t know about you but if I’m eating an apple with peanut butter (the best food ever!) for a snack, I like a good crispy apple. Those mealy, mushy ones — not so much. However, these may work great in cooking!  Also, depending on what type of flavor you want, don’t be afraid to mix tart and sweet apples.

Crock Pot Pork with Apples and Onions

about 3.5 lb pork shoulder or butt, trimmed of fat layer
1 large onion, quartered
4 cloves of garlic, sliced
2 apples, peeled and quartered
1-2 jalapenos, diced (optional)
1 cup apple cider
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar or honey
2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp black pepper

Place onions, garlic, jalapenos and apples in the bottom of the crock pot. Place the pork on top. Mix together the apple cider, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper.  Pour on top.  Turn crock pot to low and cook 8ish hours. Once done, remove the pork. It should shred fairly easily. If you have time, let the juices cool and skim off the fat. If not, pour off as much as you can while hot. Spoon the crock pot contents (including the onions and apples, etc.) into a blender and puree. You may not need all of it but use your judgement!  Pour it back into the pot and add shredded pork. Mix and enjoy!

This WILL freeze fairly well too!!!

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. If you’d like to contact Lisa, email her at Lisa@SalvereHealthAndFitness.com or call her at (410) 707-0055.

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