Sunday, August 5, 2012

Stick-to-Your-Ribs Slow Cooker Paprika Pork Stew

It's a gorgeous day outside. It certainly doesn't feel like an August day...the humid, throat-closing, sweltering hot August that I'm used to. Today feels more like the beginning of October- a little warm with a cool breeze...a "windows open" kind of day. That's why I felt like it would be an appropriate day for a stew.

I had a few pork loin chops in the freezer. I wasn't entirely sure what I wanted to do with them. I decided I wanted to find something involving my slow cooker- I get a little nervous about over-cooking pork.

I also found a 1/2 can of cannellini beans in my fridge, as well as some left-over white rice that I knew I wasn't going to eat. There's something about left-over rice that freaks me out....

So, I took a gamble. I gotta say, what I came up with was pretty dang tasty. I'll definitely be making this again!

Paprika Pork Stew
6-8 Boneless Pork Loin Chops
1 cup chicken broth
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 TB paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp basil
2 heaping tsp Mrs. Dash Table Blend
1 tsp pepper
1 1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried sage
1 tsp yellow mustard (plain ol' mustard!)
generous sprinkle of kosher salt

1-2 cups of cooked rice (left over is best, as it's a little dried out)
1/2 cup-1cup cannellini beans, drained

Add the pork loins to the slow cooker and sprinkle generously with the kosher salt. I put mine in frozen, because I never plan far enough ahead to defrost meat.

Mix together the chicken broth and the seasonings, then pour over pork loins and set the cooker on low for one hour, then place on high. My chops were fairly thin, so my pork was done in just under four hours.

Remove the pork and slice into bite sized pieces. *Make sure to slice against the grain!

Add the pork back to the broth, along with the rice and beans. Allow 10-20 minutes for everything to heat up and absorb some of the broth. Alternatively, I'm sure that some left-over baked potatoes would be a yummy addition instead.

And that's it! Being the horrible person I am, I did mix in a little sour cream with my second bowl. (Shhh, don't tell.)

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