Friday, August 19, 2011

Apricot Glazed Pork Roast in the Crockpot

Sunday Dinner Menu:
Apricot Glazed Pork Roast in the Crockpot
Sweet Potatoes
Corn on the Cob
Salad with Mandarin Oranges, Strawberries, sliced almonds
Peach Crisp with whipped cream 

Finished Pork Roast with baby carrots and sweet onions....

I LOVE my new Crock Pot. I bought it for myself as a gift last Mother's Day. I told Johnny he just bought me a very nice cooking gift. snicker.....It is giant and can fit 2 little roast beefs inside. I don't know why I still cook for a crowd but I do. And then we have tons of leftovers. I should work on that.....

So here's my pork roast being seared on all sides by me and my trusty frying pan.

I added a bunch of onion slices and a few little "SHAKES" (like 1/2  teaspoon) of Mesquite seasoning packet from GRILLMATES 

Season with Montreal Steak Seasoning (seared on high in a frying pan)
1 cup apple juice, 1 cup chicken broth or 2 cups either
1 small jar apricot preserves (I've used peach also)
1 1/2 teaspoons dijon  mustard
1 teaspoon cornstarch whisked in
1/2 sliced vidalia or other sweet onion
A pinch (1/2 teaspoon) Mesquite Seasoning from Grillmates
Bake for 6 to 7 hours on medium in a crock pot

 I like to put Montreal Steak Seasoning all over it before I sear it. Then I just put it in the crock with 2 cups apple juice, 2 teaspoon Dijon Mustard, and 1 small jar of apricot preserves. It ends up with a kind of sweet and tart glaze.  I also add some sliced Vidalia Onions sliced thick. And some mesquite seasoning packet, I just used a few is very spicy.

Spicy but delicious stuff.....for a kick....

  I may add some carrots to the roast when it's close to being done if I have any baby carrots left in the fridge. Candied Carrots are so nice with this recipe. If you want a thicker glaze when the roast is done add some more cornstarch whisked in to the leftover glaze to thicken it up. 

Here's a close up of this delicious meat...the apricot preserves give it a sweet glaze...the mesquite gives it a spicy kick...

Next I will make the salad with sliced strawberries, mandarin oranges, sliced almonds with an orange or raspberry vinaigrette salad dressing. I'm just using the bottled varieties today. Sundays are lazy days. 

Sweet Potatoes I just microwave them and add real butter and if I feel like doctoring them up I'll add some brown sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon. But they are delicious just with butter too. 

I hope this fresh, white corn is as good as the roadside stand variety. I just picked it up at the market so we will see. I thought I'd make something with these peaches we just picked off the tree too...They taste divine!

Here's my finished Sunday Dinner.  And how do you like my new, light fruity stoneware? Yeah it's only a buck a plate at the Dollar Store! I also bought some light blue ones at Smiths Marketplace!  Now I've got black AND blue AND fruity stoneware to add to my plate stock. Can't wait to use those black ones at Halloween. Mmmmhmmmm......That'll be fun. 

I had 2 chicken breasts that had been thawed and I decided to drop them in the crock pot drippings the last hour and a half  when the pork roast was almost done. It will make some tender chicken pieces  for tomorrow night's dinner.  They were flavorful,  divine, and very tasty, the next day. Yum.

Monday night dinner was yummy too....

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