The holiday season is rife with tradition. Family and friends often gather together around the dining room table to share conversation, memories and good food, making the holidays a special time of year. Home chefs looking to expand their culinary horizons can include this recipe for “Slow Cooker Spiced-Cranberry Pork,” courtesy of The Ohio Pork Council, on their holiday menus. Pork is a versatile protein that pairs well with the tart, holiday-centric flavor of cranberries.
Slow Cooker Spiced-Cranberry Pork
Ingredients: Makes 8 servings
31⁄2 to 4 pound pork shoulder
1 6-oz can jellied cranberry sauce
2⁄3 cup sugar
3⁄4 cup cranberry juice
2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard
11⁄2 teaspoons ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Salt to taste
Trim fat from pork roast, if necessary. Place roast in 4- to 6-quart slow cooker. Use wire whisk to stir together cranberry sauce and sugar in medium bowl.
Stir in juice, mustard, cloves and pepper until well combined. Pour cranberry mixture over roast in slow cooker.
Cover slow cooker and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until pork roast is tender. Season roast to taste with salt; serve juices with roast.
Meiomi Pinot Noir
Meiomi — California
This bottle of red provides aromas of strawberry and cherry, and notes of oak and vanilla. There’s also the taste of red currant notes and baking spice flavors, with a light smoke that pairs well with this dish.
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