Monday, April 7, 2014

slow cooker balsamic cherry pork over parmesan polenta


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)
serves 4-6

you'll need:
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.

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24 comments:

  1. While you're thinking about the warmer months, things are starting to cool down here. This meal is a winter weeknight winner for sure. Can't wait to give it a go.

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    1. Let me know if you give it a try - definitely perfect for your cooler weather ahead!

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  2. I love cherry anything and adding it to slow cook pork sounds really, really luscious! It's still rainy, wet, chilly and cloudy here so definitely slow cook meals sound fantastic!

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  3. YUMMM! The weather in Texas fluctuates so much I feel like I could eat this year-round!

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    1. Seriously!! You just never know with Texas!

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  4. I am seriously salivating over here looking at that photo. This dish sounds AMAZING. Pinning!

    stephanie @ girl versus dough

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    1. What a great meal, my husband would love this and the addition of cherry is genius.

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    2. Steph -- thanks for the pin, dear! xo

      Cheri -- thanks so much! My husband definitely gobbled this one up!

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  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I am pinning this one for an easy weeknight meal! The cherries and the balsamic are just like WOAH then that creamy polenta- to die for!

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  6. The cherry is a fabulous addition! I've done cherry bbq ribs nut never pulled pork - wonderful!

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  7. As far as I'm concerned, you can do no wrong with pork for dinner. Looks so good!

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  8. I use my slow cooker all year 'round! I love it in the summer when I don't have to heat up the house by using the oven. This looks awesome!! We have tempetatures in the 70's in our forecast - happy dance time! ;)

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  9. i am so ready to my slow cooker away too but the weather just doesnt let me...

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  10. Doesn't this look fabulous!!! I love the combination of the pork over the polenta. Wonderful!

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  11. I love the polenta! I always want to make it and get stuck on how to incorporate it. Gorgeous meal Marie!

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  12. As Little Kitchie's official taste tester, I put my stamp of approval on this meal. So good!

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