|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 4 to 6|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 17g||21%|
|Saturated Fat 6g||31%|
|Total Carbohydrate 50g||18%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||10%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Pork loin is a great dish for both weeknight dinners as well as family and friend gatherings. This cranberry pork loin recipe combines the flavors of garlic, whole cranberry sauce, and chopped apples with a touch of brown sugar to make a sweet and savory dish that everyone will think you labored over for hours. But the secret is that this easy-to-fix pork loin is made in the slow cooker, doing all of the work for you.
This festive recipe is an ideal dish for the holiday table, not only because of its ingredients but also since it is so simple to make, allowing the cook to focus on the rest of the meal. Serve the pork sliced with bread or cornbread dressing or mashed potatoes, along with green beans or your family's favorite side vegetables.
- 1 (3 to 4 pounds) boneless pork loin roast
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 can whole cranberry sauce
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 2 apples (cored, peeled, and coarsely chopped)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional: 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch plus 2 tablespoons cold water
Place the pork loin roast in the slow cooker and coat all sides with the minced garlic.
In a bowl, combine the cranberry sauce, brown sugar, apple juice, and chopped apples. Pour sauce over pork.
Cover the crockpot and cook on LOW for 7 to 9 hours. Taste the sauce and add salt and pepper as needed.
If you think the sauce needs thickening, you can add a cornstarch slurry. In a small bowl, stir the cornstarch with the cold water until smooth. Add the slurry to the liquids and stir to blend. Increase the setting to HIGH and continue cooking for 5 to 10 minutes, until thickened.
Remove the pork from the crockpot onto a cutting board. Slice the pork and arrange on a platter. Spoon over sauce and serve.
Other Pork Loin Recipes
Pork loin is the perfect cut of meat to make, whether for a simple dinner or an elegant dinner party, and there are plenty of recipes to choose from. A bacon and brown sugar glaze layers a spice-rubbed pork loin with slices of bacon and then covers it all with a tangy and sweet glaze. For a simple recipe that packs a flavorful punch, try a honey glazed pork loin roast, combining Cajun seasoning, apple juice, honey, and brown sugar. An ideal dish for the holidays, easy stuffed pork loin uses stuffing mix and dried cranberries for a quick recipe with a festive touch. Mustard glazed pork loin roast lets spicy or Creole mustard do most of the work; when combined with dried herbs, the pork develops a deep-colored crust and complex flavor. A bit of bourbon is the secret to this garlic-studded and bacon-wrapped pork loin; mixed into a glaze of honey, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, and orange juice, the liquor adds just the right zing to this simple recipe.