Wednesday, January 16, 2013

This Little Piggy Did Not (Make Us) Starve

On cold winter days crockpot meals are awesome.  I love how the house gets full of all the yummy aromas of the meal cooking.  On Sunday I thought it would be fun to make a meal like this again.  My husband LOVES pork (its his favorite meat).  I don't blame him; it is good (however I don't think I could eat it every day for every meal - as he probably could).  He has been very busy with work lately I thought I would make him a special treat.  He really enjoyed this, as did the boys (even though BAP thought it was chicken...hmmm).  I served with a salad, crescent rolls and Twice Baked Potatoes.

Crockpot Honey Apple Pork
adapted from:

Pork loin (about 2.5 to 3lbs)
3 Apples, thinly sliced  (I used Fuji, as they were on sale)
1/4 cup honey, divided
2T Cinnamon, divided
1 small/medium onion, thinly sliced
Place 1/2 apple slices and onion slices on  the bottom of a greased crockpot.   Sprinkle with cinnamon. Top with pork loin.  Cut small slits in pork loin (big enough for apple slices); all over it.  Drizzle inside each slit with a tiny bit of honey.  Place an apple slice in each honey coated slit.  Drizzle with remaining honey.  Cover with remaining apples and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon.  Cover and cook on LOW at least 7 hours. (I cooked on HIGH for 1 1/2 hours of the cooking cooking time to ensure it would be cooked all through).

Twice Baked Potatoes

4 large Yukon Gold potatoes, pierced multiple times with a fork
Olive Oil
Bleu Cheese Dressing
Bacon (about 3.5 slices), cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated

Get 4 pieces of foil.  Place about 1 t oil in the center of each.  Place a potato on each.  Slather with olive oil.  Cover tightly with foil.  Repeat with each potato.  Place in cold oven.  NOW preheat too 400 and bake for an hour.  Remove from oven.  Open foil pocket to let cool slightly.  Cut in half long-wise.  Scoop out inards into a large bowl.  Place about 1/3 cup bleu cheese dressing  and enough milk to make think mashed potatoes when blended with a hand mixer (or food processor).  Add bacon and stir until thoroughly mixed.  Refill potato 'shells. Bake in still hot (preheated) oven about 25 minutes until starting to get golden.  Sprinkle with grated cheese.  Bake another 20 until cheese is bubbly and oozy.  MMMM...

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