Slow cooked Pork Medallions with Fresh Apple & Sweet Potato

 
 Slow Cooked Pork Medallions w/Fresh Apple & Sweet Potato
 
Do you have a slow cooker?  I love mine!  My sister bought it for me for Christmas about a gazillion years ago, well, maybe about 10, but it has become such favourite kitchen gadget of mine over the years. I like the idea that you can set it & walk away, but more than that, I love how incredibly tender it can make even the toughest cuts of meat.  


 
 Slow Cooked Pork Medallions w/Fresh Apple & Sweet Potato
 
Mine is the electric type, you can plug in & set to cook on a low or high setting, meaning you can cook dishes anywhere from 4 up to 8 hours.  This style of cooking allows the ingredients to essentially stew in their own juices, sealed in moisture from a sauce & the cooker itself keeping everything moist.  The longer you cook the more tender things become.  Amazing for cooking large quantities of meat, like a leg of lamb, side of beef & in this case, medallions of pork.
 
 Slow Cooked Pork Medallions w/Fresh Apple & Sweet Potato
 
 Slow Cooked Pork Medallions w/Fresh Apple & Sweet Potato
 
I have a small confession … I am not a huge fan of pork, (except if it’s bacon, then I am a fiend for it!).  I find things like grilled pork chops & roast pork to be quite bland in flavour & more often than not the meat is dry & chewy.  Now, it may just be the way I have cooked it in the past, but, in short, I just don’t get all that excited about eating it.  It was my mum who convinced me to try this particular recipe &, well, she was, as usual, right.  This combination of lean pork medallions, slow cooked with the sweetness of fresh apples & sweet potato, then infused with an earthy punch of sage & thyme & closed out with a zesty little hit of orange rind is absolutely delicious!  
 
 Slow Cooked Pork Medallions w/Fresh Apple & Sweet Potato
 
The meat literally falls apart by the time it is cooked for 4 hours it is so tender.  The medallions are bursting with the flavours of the other ingredients & most importantly to me, it is moist.  Not sure who came up with the idea of pork & apple together, but, well, GENIUS!!  What a marriage, oh & slow cooked apples … drool!!
 
You could add other vegetables, I would recommend more woody or starchy ones like parsnip, turnips or potatoes.  You can softer, wetter ones like pumpkin, beans, capsicum or the like, but just be aware that slow cooking breaks these type of veggies down quite significantly & they can go to mush.  If you do decide to use them, put them in towards the end of the cooking process, maybe an hour or so before serving.  This will help them keep their shape, flavour & colour.
 
Here’s how this particular recipe came together for me;
 

Slow cooked Pork Medallions with Fresh Apple & Sweet Potato
Serves 4
Thick cut port medallions slow cooked on a bed of fresh sliced apples, sweet potato & carrot & basted in stock & fresh herbs. Pork & apple are a perfect match & slow cooking keeps the meat moist & tender, also allowing time for the flavours to infuse.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons butter or extra virgin olive oil
  2. 8 - 10 pork medallions (grass fed if you can find them - they are much nicer)
  3. 2 brown onions, thick sliced
  4. 4 cooking apples (granny smiths, or similar), cored & thickly sliced (about 1cm)
  5. 1/2 - 1 sweet potato (depending on the size), peeled & thick sliced (about 1cm)
  6. 1 - 2 carrots (depending on size), thickly sliced (about 1cm) - I don't peel mine, but you decide
  7. Rind of up to 1 orange
  8. Bunch of fresh sage leaves
  9. Bunch of fresh thyme
  10. Nutmeg to sprinkle
  11. Salt & pepper
  12. 2 cups reduced salt vegetable or chicken stock
  13. 1 - 2 tablespoons corn flour (optional)
Instructions
  1. FIRST;
  2. Heat butter or oil in a large fry pan over medium high heat.
  3. Brown the pork medallions an all surfaces - should only take a couple of minutes on both sides.
  4. Add the onions & saute until slightly softened.
  5. THEN;
  6. Place a layer of onion, apple sweet potato & carrot on the bottom of either of slow cooker pot.
  7. Sprinkle with nutmeg, place 3 or 4 sage leaves & season with a little salt & pepper.
  8. Arrange 4 or 5 of the pork medallions on top & sprinkle with orange rind.
  9. Repeat another layer of onion, apple, sweet potato & carrot, nutmeg, sage leaves & salt & pepper.
  10. Add the remaining pork medallions & sprinkle with orange rind.
  11. Add any remaining ingredients to the top of the pork.
  12. Combine stock with corn flour (optional) & pour the mix over the ingredients & around the sides of the pot.
  13. Cook on low setting in a slow cooker for 4 hours.
  14. Serve with fresh greens, rice, sauerkraut or as I did, quinoa salad (recipe link in main post).
Notes
  1. Tips / Suggestions;
  2. If you don't have a slow cooker, then you can preheat the oven to 150oC, (non fan forced), place the ingredients in a covered casserole dish & bake for 3 hours.
  3. When using a slow cooker, make sure your main ingredients are covered in liquid, otherwise the meat in particular will dry out. Also don't take the lid off if you can avoid it. If you feel it needs basting, do so, but not too often. The heat & steam that gets captured in the cooker is what keeps the dish moist & tender.
Adapted from Everyday Slow Cooker Recipes
Adapted from Everyday Slow Cooker Recipes
Fresh Home Cook http://freshhomecook.com/
So, if, like me, you are not a huge fan of pork, this might be one way to include it in your repertoire & make you go “Mmmmm”, & not “Meh!”
 
Oh & it is especially tasty when served with a fresh crispy salad like my Quinoa with Roasted Pumpkin & Fresh Greens.  I guest posted this gorgeous recipe over with the wonderful Tara from Gluten Free Hart recently.  It is one of my favourite & goes sensationally with this.  
 
Well, enough from me good people.  I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!
 
 Slow Cooked Pork Medallions w/Fresh Apple & Sweet Potato
 
Are you a fan of pork?  Which way do you prefer it cooked? 
 

Cheers,

Jodie xx

Cook!  Eat!  Enjoy!

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    • says

      Sounds very much like my kids Em! I wish I could say they enjoyed this as much as we did but, alas no. Both ate the apple & sweet potato but screwed up their faces at the rest. Maybe you could threaten to serve it for breakfast if they don’t eat it. That worked for you before I recall! Hahahaha!! Thanks for stopping by lovely. xx

  1. says

    Jodie, that sounds awesome! I will have to try it. I hate the way most things taste exactly the same when done in the slow cooker but this sounds like it may be different.

    And another hint for cooking pork: drizzle it with honey for the last five minutes of frying. It’s divine!!!!

  2. says

    Possessing neither a slow cooker, or any kind of inclination towards pork, I’ll give this one a miss.
    I am, however, really impressed by your ability to photograph food well. It never looks that great when I do it.

    • says

      Thanks so much Jess. I am definitely a novice with a camera, but I really enjoy experimenting with settings & am lucky to have a trained photographer in the house. J-man gives me good tips about light & settings – but mostly it comes down to making sure I am cooking at the right time of day. Natural light is the best thing for taking great photos. Thanks for taking the time to stop by & comment – it means a lot! xx

  3. says

    Yum! I love pork and I love my slow cooker, I often do a whole pork joint in it with a splash of apple juice, garlic and some whole apples, but I’m going to Pin this so I can come back to it soon!

  4. says

    I don’t have a slower cooker, but have been thinking for ages about getting one. After reading this, I think it might just have to go straight to the top of my Christmas wish list :) Every time I visit your blog, I am impressed and inspired by your food photographs: you get the composition and the lighting spot on every time. Have you ever written a post about tips for photographing food?

  5. says

    Hey Jodie! What a lovely blog you have! That pork slow cook recipe looks divine! I’m going to give it a burl. Love my slow cooker though haven’t used it in awhile. Must dust it off and get it going with this yummy pork:) x

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