Slow Cooker Pork and Cider Stew

By Kelli Foster

Slow Cooker Pork and Cider Stew – By Kelli Foster

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil, divided
  • 8 ounces peeled fresh pearl onions (about 20)
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup apple cider or unfiltered apple juice
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 ounces medium red potatoes, quartered
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 medium apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch pieces

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pat the pork dry with paper towels. Generously season with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Working in batches, add the pork in a single layer and sear until browned on all sides, 3 to 5 minutes per batch. Transfer to a 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Repeat with the remaining pork.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium and add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook 2 minutes more.
  3. Pour in the apple cider and deglaze the skillet, using a wooden spoon to scrape the browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. Whisk in the broth, mustard, salt, and pepper, and bring to a boil.
  4. Add the thyme, sage, bay leaf, carrots, potatoes, and apples to the slow cooker, then pour the broth mixture over top. Cover and cook until the pork is tender, 6 to 8 hours on the LOW setting, or 4 to 5 hours on the HIGH setting.

RECIPE NOTES

Serves: 6

Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for 3 months.

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