The kids are back in school, their schedules (and yours) are hectic, so simple crock pot recipes are the perfect way to get dinner going and have it ready when you get home! We found this great recipe for Slow Cooker Apple Pork Loin on TheKitchenismyPlayground.com.
- 2 to 3 lb. boneless pork loin roast
- 2 tsp. cinnamon, divided
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 2 or 3 apples, cored and sliced (peel left on)
- 2 or 3 onions, peeled and left whole
- 1/4 c. apple cider, apple juice, chicken broth, or water
- 4 T. honey
- 2 T. olive oil
- Cut slits, about 1/2 to 1 inch deep, across the top of the pork loin. Sprinkle all sides and inside the slits with salt, pepper, nutmeg, and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon. OPTIONAL: Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Place pork loin in the Dutch oven and brown on all sides. (Browning is an optional step. I brown my loin prior to putting it in the slow cooker to give color and more depth of flavor. But this step can be skipped.)
- Scatter a few apple slices in the bottom of the slow cooker; pour in apple cider (or other chosen liquid). Place pork loin on top of apples. Drizzle honey into each slit and all over the top of the loin; place an apple slice in each slit. Fit remaining apple slices and onions around and on top of pork loin. Sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
- Cook on low setting for 6 hours.