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I found this (actually my husband saw it first and pointed it out) in our Wednesday newspaper last week, in Jay Harshaw's cooking column, Potluck, which is always a great source for delicious recipes that real people really eat.
My husband has pointed out Thai food recipes in the past, but I've never gotten too excited about them. When I saw this one, though, I noticed the phrase Jay used just before the recipe: "Thai food in a slow cooker? Works for me!"
Well, Jay, it works for me, too. In fact, it tasted fabulous and looked beautiful, too. Plus, it was so super-simple, I know we'll be feasting on Thai Pork with Peanut Sauce frequently.
My husband thanks you, and so do I.
Here's the recipe, with my notes and commentary thrown in for good measure:
Thai Pork With Peanut Sauce
Makes 4 large servings
1 boneless pork loin (2 pounds), trimmed of fat and cut into 4 pieces
2 large red bell peppers, seeded and cut into strips
1/3 cup prepared teriyaki sauce
2 Tbsp rice vinegar (I didn't have any, so I substituted cider vinegar)
1 tsp red pepper flakes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup chopped green onions (white part and some of the green part)
1/4 cup chopped dry-roasted peanuts
2 limes, cut in wedges
Coat a slow cooker with cooking spray (I forgot to do that, but it didn't stick). Place the pork, bell pepper strips, teriyaki sauce, rice vinegar, red pepper flakes, and garlic in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours or until the pork is fork-tender.
Remove the pork from the slow cooker and coarsely chop (mine pretty much fell apart and didn't need much chopping). To make the sauce, simply add the peanut butter to the liquid in the slow cooker and stir well to dissolve and blend. Return the chopped pork to the sauce and toss to coat the meat evenly.
Serve in shallow bowls over hot jasmine rice. Sprinkle each serving with green onions and chopped peanuts. Garnish with the lime wedges.
NOTES: I used a slightly cheaper boneless sirloin pork roast and it was fine. I loved the lime squeezed on my serving of pork; my husband did without.
Using both a slow cooker and a rice cooker, I hardly had to do anything but serve, plus both appliances are so easy to clean. Love that I didn't have to use the stove at all!
Jay Harshaw also mentioned in her column that this recipe was included in a press release from Harvard Common Press announcing the publication of Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook by Beth Hensperger and Julie Kaufmann. Sure enough, I found the recipe listed in the table of contents when I peeked inside the book. You can peek, too; just use the link above. Be prepared to find a very long list of recipes. This is a very popular cookbook and now I know why.
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