I picked up a Pork Loin roast at the local grocer on sale the other day, and was looking for a new way to prepare it. It would have been easy to cut it into chops and fry them, but I'm always looking for a new way to cook something, especially if it includes my crock pot.
This recipe tastes amazing, and the color and textures it brings to the plate are just as fabulous. The stock from the pork cooks through the rice and fruit to an amazing silky texture, thickened by the starch of the rice. I have never before tried to cook rice in the crock pot, and if I had it to do over again I would have cooked it a bit al-dente before adding it to the crock instead of fully cooking it. It is a little mushier as a finished product than i would have preferred.
Give this method a try, you will be surprised and pleased with the result.
Slow Cooker Pork Loin Roast with Apple Cranberry Rice
ACTIVE TIME15 mins
TOTAL TIME6 Hours 15 mins
- 1 (5 pound) boneless pork loin roast
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon herbes de Provence (optional)
- salt and ground black pepper to taste
- 4 cups cooked rice
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 2 Granny Smith apples, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
- Place pork roast in a large slow cooker; drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle in herbes de Provence; season with salt and black pepper to taste.
- Mix rice, onion, apples, cranberries, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper together in a large bowl. Spoon rice mixture over and around pork.
- Cover and cook on High for 6 hours or on Low for 8 to 10 hours.