Before you tuck away your slow cooker for the warmer months ahead, let's get at least one more good, cozy meal out of it. This lovely meal takes mayyybe two minutes to prep and turns into such a satisfying dinner. I prepped ours the night before so that the next day all I had to do was plug it in and go on with my day. Weeknight win!
The balsamic and cherry flavors are magical together, and over that creamy, dreamy polenta... well, you know.
Balsamic Cherry Pork over Parmesan Polenta (adapted from Ladies' Home Journal)
1 (10-12 oz.) jar of cherry preserves
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 onion, diced
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried basil
2 lb. boneless pork shoulder, trimmed of excess fat
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup polenta
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
chopped fresh basil, for serving
Combine the cherry preserves, balsamic, onion, garlic powder, and basil in the slow cooker. Rub pork with salt and add to slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours, or on low for 8-10 hours.
When pork is finished cooking, remove from the slow cooker and slice or shred with two forks. Prepare the polenta according to the package instructions. Stir in the Parmesan and pepper.
To serve, spoon polenta into bowls and top with pork. Garnish with fresh basil.