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Slow Cooker Cheater Pork Stew

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[UPDATED October 10, 2012: This ain’t a new recipe (it’s from over a year ago), but it continues to be popular and the old photos were all kinds of horrible, so I updated this post with new pics. Enjoy (again!)]

Here’s a quick and satisfying stew that I throw together when I’m uber lazy and tired. In other words, this is a dish I cook on a typical day in the life of Nom Nom Paleo. I don’t brown anything and all the ingredients are dumped into the slow cooker to simmer on low for 8-10 hours. Poof! Dinner is ready in less than 10  minutes of prep time!

Slow Cooker Cheater Pork Stew by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Important caveat: Try to use the best ingredients you can find because when you’re just chucking stuff into the slow cooker, you’ll end up with crap if you start with bad ingredients.

Here’s what I toss into the slow cooker to feed 4-6 people:

  • 2 small onions, thinly sliced 
  • 6 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed
  • ½ pound baby carrots
  • Kosher salt 
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 pounds of pork shoulder, cut into 1.5 inch cubes or a 4 pound bone-in pork shoulder roast
  • 1 tablespoon Sunny Paris seasoning (or your favorite seasoning blend)
  • 1 tablespoon Red Boat Fish sauce
  • 1 small cabbage, cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 cup Rao’s marinara sauce (or any other Paleo-friendly marinara sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon of aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped Italian parsley (optional)

Here’s how you make it:

Slice up the onions and smash the garlic cloves…

Slow Cooker Cheater Pork Stew by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…and add them with the carrots to the slow cooker liner. Season liberally with salt and pepper.

Slow Cooker Cheater Pork Stew by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Grab some high quality pork…

Slow Cooker Cheater Pork Stew by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Slow Cooker Cheater Pork Stew by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…cube it (if you’re so inclined)…

Slow Cooker Cheater Pork Stew by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…and toss with Sunny Paris seasoning and fish sauce.

Slow Cooker Cheater Pork Stew by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

(No Sunny Paris? No problem. Just use an herb blend you like.)

Slow Cooker Cheater Pork Stew by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Add another sprinkle of salt and pepper and toss to combine.

Slow Cooker Cheater Pork Stew by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Pile the seasoned pork on top of the onions and carrots…

Slow Cooker Cheater Pork Stew by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…and tuck the cabbage wedges on top.

Slow Cooker Cheater Pork Stew by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Slow Cooker Cheater Pork Stew by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Drizzle on the marinara sauce and some more salt and pepper.

Slow Cooker Cheater Pork Stew by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Put on the lid and cook on low for 8-10 hours.

When the pork and veggies are fork-tender, adjust the stew for seasoning with  balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.

Slow Cooker Cheater Pork Stew by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

If you’re feeling fancy, top the stew with fresh Italian parsley.

Slow Cooker Cheater Pork Stew by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

I love it when meals cook themselves!


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