Pork Marrakesh

7
7
7
Smartpoints value per serving
Total Time
4 hr 6 min
Prep
6 min
Cook
4 hr
Serves
4
Difficulty
Easy
This North African-inspired pork recipe features red onions, dried apricots, pineapple root, ginger, and dried thyme. The pork is super easy to brown before adding to the slow cooker; all you have to do is season it with a little bit of salt and pepper, then pan-sear it in a skillet. Cook the onions until they're golden in the same skillet, then combine it all in a slow cooker; you'll also love the flavor addition of a whole cinnamon stick. Set it and forget it until it's dinnertime. You can serve the pork mixture with couscous because it's ideal for soaking up all the delicious sauce.

Ingredients

olive oil

2 tsp

uncooked lean boneless pork chop(s)

1 pound(s), 4 (1⁄4-pound) trimmed

table salt

¾ tsp

black pepper

¼ tsp

uncooked red onion(s)

3 small, thinly sliced

dried apricot halves

12 halves, sliced

canned unsweetened pineapple juice

¾ cup(s)

ginger root

2 tsp, fresh, peeled and minced

dried thyme

½ tsp

cinnamon stick(s)

1 average

cilantro

¼ cup(s), fresh, chopped

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the pork chops with 1⁄4 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper. Add the chops to the skillet and cook until browned, about 2 minutes on each side Transfer to a plate.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium and add the onions, the remaining 1 teaspoon oil, and the remaining 1⁄2 teaspoon salt to the skillet. Cook, stirring, until the onions are golden, about 10 minutes.
  3. Place half of the apricots and half of the onions in the bottom of a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker. Top with the pork chops and the remaining onions and apricots. Add the apple juice, ginger, thyme, and cinnamon stick. Cover and cook until the pork is fork-tender, 3 – 4 hours on high or 6 – 8 hours on low. Remove the cinnamon stick and serve sprinkled with the cilantro. Yields 1 pork chop and 1⁄2 cup onion mixture per serving.

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