Friday, September 30, 2005

Pork Roast with Potatoes

I'm not overly pleased with this meal, but I'm posting it anyway. There wasn't anything wrong with it, but there wasn't anything great about it either. It's basically just a meat and potatoes dinner.

The pork and potatoes were cooked in the crock pot and I experimented with the cooking liquid. Typically I would use just water and seasonings, but since I had a surplus of jarred applesauce and apples and pork go well together I thought that I would see how cooking a roast in applesauce would go. As it turns out, you can't really tell. No loss no gain. I think next time I will try chunks of apple.

I put the roast into the crock pot with applesauce and seasonings in the morning before I left for work. It cooked all day on the low temperature setting. When I got home I scrubbed and cut the extra "garden fresh" potatoes (those not used in the making of soup) and added them to the crock. I let this continue cooking for about another hour.

It was very simple and for that, I have to give it credit. Its a very hands-off meal and some days you just feel like meat and potatoes. Its definitely something I will make again, but I think I will wait until the thermometer drops a bit lower before giving it a repeat.



At 9:31 PM, Blogger naladahc said...

I grew up with crock pot meals but I think I've had one in the past 20 years.

Giga even bought a crock pot last year and we made one meal in it and that has been it.

I think I need to explore some new recipes for winter.

At 9:42 PM, Anonymous jeremiahscott said...

Oh yes, you can do all kinds of things in a crock pot. Chili is especially good. I've also heard about desserts in a crock pot, but I believe you would need a smaller one than the one I have. Its huge. My roast looked like a single serving in the thing.

They are also handy for keeping stuff warm during a party. I've used it for swedish meatballs.

At 1:39 PM, Anonymous Gigamatt said...

Excuse me? "bought a crock pot last year"? Two years ago, I bought a bigger (4qt) crock pot with a removable crock, and a small 1qt, so I could enter 3 chilis in the cookout. Before that, we always had two of the old-fashioned non-removable ones (one of which I gave away)

At 1:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I gotta say, I think you could really improve your pork roast if you didn't put it in a crock pot. I mean, i'm well aware of how easy it is to just toss it in in the morning and forget it, but pork dries out really easily. If you put it in the oven at 350 degrees until... well, until it's done (1-2.5 hours), it should be a lot jucier. You can always cut up some apples or toss some applesauce in a pan and heat it up with some sage in it.

At 4:18 PM, Blogger Jeremiah Scott said...

You are totally right. Pork dries out very quickly in the crock pot. You just have to add enough cooking liquid so that it doesn't get dry. I typically use vegetable stock.

I've also the over roast but I don't recall if I posted it. For that roast I crusted it in salt and black pepper and baked it at a very high temperature for about 45 minutes then dropped the temp and let it cook the rest of the way through. It was very moist and had a ton a flavor. When I took it out of the oven I cut off a slab and ate it up really quickly and I kept going back for more.


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