This morning I was enjoying a recipe from the Crockin' Girls, their Triple C.
In reviewing what I had on hand, factoring in husband's likes and such, I came up with recipe that I'm super excited about! I am loving this dish. I'm going to try it with rabbit, venison and duck too! Chicken of course, would be great as well. Husband liked it, I loved it.
Note: Save the sauce and use it to make a sweet and hot sauce for some other dish! Mine's going into the freezer until I need another amazing meal...
I called this winter sunshine because the orange notes tasted 'sunny' to me, and mixture of cranberry, savory and onion have a distinctly winter flavor.
Winter Sunshine Pork
4 large boneless pork chops, whole
2 1/2 stalks fresh celery, sliced
1/2 large onion, chopped
1 tsp dried savory
1 cup dried cranberries
2 tsp orange zest
1 tbsp orange juice
1 cup canned pears with 2 tbsp syrup from jar
2 tbsp olive oil
Saute onions in olive oil for about 5 minutes, just enough to become fragrant.
In a large slow cooker, preheating on high, add celery, onion/oil mixture, savory, cranberries, orange zest and juice and pear juice and mix well.
Place pear halves over mixture.
Place pork on top of pears.
Cook on high for 3 hours. Check pot, mine finished in 3 hours and I turned it to low until I was ready for it.
About 10 minutes before serving, turn the pork chops and cover them with the tasty sauce on the bottom. Let them sit, smothered, until ready to serve.
We enjoyed this dish with organic brown rice cooked with caramelized onions and apple. I also drizzled the sauce from the slow cooker onto the rice.
I would serve this dish to company, it's so beautiful and incredibly tasty!