Pork Loin with Spiced Fruit Sauce
Maricarol Magill, Freehold, NJ
Makes 4 servings
Prep. Time: 25–40 minutes
Cooking Time: 4–6 hours
Ideal slow-cooker size: 5–6-qt.
8-oz. pkg. dried mixed fruit (including plums and apricots), chopped
¼ cup golden raisins
2 tsp. minced fresh ginger
1 small onion, chopped
1⁄3 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
¾ cup water
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. curry powder
½ tsp. salt, divided
½ tsp. pepper, divided
2¼-lb. boneless pork loin roast, trimmed of fat
3/4 lb. fresh green beans, ends nipped off
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 Tbsp. cold water
1. In slow cooker, combine dried mixed fruit, raisins, ginger, onion, sugar, vinegar, water, cinnamon, curry powder, and ¼ tsp. each of salt and pepper. Stir.
2. Season pork with remaining ¼ tsp. salt and pepper. Place pork on top of fruit mixture in slow cooker. Cover. Cook on High 2 hours or on Low 3 hours.
3. Layer green beans over pork. Cover.
4. Cook for 2 more hours on High or for 3 more hours on Low—or until meat is tender and beans are done to your liking.
5. When meat and beans are tender but not dry, remove to separate plates. Cover and keep warm.
6. Stir mustard into sauce in cooker.
7. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch with 1 Tbsp. cold water until smooth. Stir into sauce.
8. Cover. Turn cooker to High and let sauce cook a few minutes until thickened.
9. Slice pork and serve with sauce and green beans.
Note: We discovered this to be a great Christmas dinner one year when we were remodeling and had limited kitchen facilities. I put the ingredients in the slow cooker, and we played Scrabble all day while it cooked. I served it with microwaved rice pilaf. It was my most stress-free Christmas ever!