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Slow Cooker Pork Agrodolce with Creamy Polenta







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Slow Cooker Pork Agrodolce with Creamy Polenta

Pork shoulder slow cooked in an Italian sweet and sour sauce and served with creamy polenta.

Slow Cooker Pork Agrodolce with Creamy Polenta recipe

servings: 6

total time: 7 hours 30 minutes

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Ingredients

  • 3 pounds boneless pork shoulder
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 TBSP raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 TBSP unsalted butter
  • POLENTA:
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • salt & freshly ground pepper
  • 4 TBSP unsalted butter




Directions

  1. Pat the pork dry with paper towels and season generously all over with salt & pepper.

  2. Heat the oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot sear the pork until well browned on all sides, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the seared pork to a 6-quart slow cooker and set aside.

  3. Keep the saute pan over medium-high heat and add the onion. Cook the onion, stirring often, until softened, about 3 minutes.

  4. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, just a few seconds. Add the vinegar, wine, honey, crushed red pepper, and 1/4 tsp salt. Use a wooden spoon to scrape the bottom of the pan to release any stuck on bits. Cook, stirring often, until the sauce has reduced and is slightly thickened, about 5 more minutes.

  5. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the butter until melted. Pour the sauce into the slow cooker over top of the pork. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on LOW for about 7 hours.

  6. POLENTA:

  7. In a medium size saucepan stir together the water, milk, cornmeal, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper then bring to a boil over medium heat.

  8. Reduce heat to low and continue to cook, while stirring, until the polenta thickens, about 5 minutes.

  9. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the butter until melted and well combined.

  10. Season with salt & pepper to taste.



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