Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Slow Cooker Honey Parmesan Pork Roast

As I have said before, I like using the slow cooker at least once a week. It makes meal planning easy for me, and it so nice to come home to a meal that's basically done. I pinned this one awhile ago, and finally got around to making it a couple weeks ago.
Slow Cooker Honey Parmesan Pork Roast

It was super easy: just mix the ingredients, pour over the meat, and turn on the cooker. Our current nighttime routine is for me to feed JJ when I get home, then we go for a family walk and some playtime after. Then Joe gives him a bath and when I am getting him in his pj's and feeding/reading him to sleep, Joe finishes up what needs to be done for dinner. In this case, he had to make the sauce and boil/mash the potatoes (I had them washed, peeled, cubed, and sitting in a bowl of water in the fridge the night before). On Sunday's I try to plan out/organize as much of the week as I can, it really helps keep me sane and not freaking out at 8pm about what to cook. This routine is sure to change soon - JJ is starting solids and we want to eat as a family, but for now we try to get in as much baby time as possible without trying to shove food down our throats.

Anyway, here are my (few) pics:

Meat in cooker

Mixing up sauce

Pour sauce over meat and set cooker! Super easy!

It's hard to make slow cooker food look appetizing, but I swear it was good.

The Verdict: It was tasty. I think I overdid it a little (is it supposed to look black?) but it was still pretty moist. Like I said, it was super easy and I usually have most of the ingredients so for those reasons alone it might make it into the crockpot rotation more.

Things to Consider: Since we are out of the house all day and the meal is usually cooked by mid afternoon, I think I should start cutting the cooking times back by 30 minutes. I mean it's sitting in the "keep warm" setting for hours so its still getting cooked, right? This might help the black appearance. Also, I would probably cut back on the cheese a little. But as I said above, it was good and will most likely be repeated.

Slow Cooker Honey Parmesan Pork Roast
Ingredients:1 (2-3 pound) boneless pork roast
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup honey
3 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp dried basil
2 Tbsp minced garlic
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water

Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Place roast in slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the cheese, honey, soy sauce, basil, garlic, oil and salt; pour over pork. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 160°.

Remove meat to a serving platter; keep warm. Skim fat from cooking juices; transfer to a small saucepan. Bring liquid to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Gradually stir into pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Slice roast; serve with gravy (I also made mashed potatoes and the gravy was delicious on them!).

PS - I am looking for some spring/summer slow cooker recipes. I feel like most of what I put in there is a hearty, winter type meal (stew, pot roast, etc). Anyone have any lighter suggestions?

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