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An easy Italian-inspired recipe for savory, fall-apart pork braised in the slow cooker with potatoes, rosemary and tomatoes.
If you’re a fan of all things low and slow, serving fork-tender, slow-cooked pork shoulder will make you and everyone you cook for really happy.
Make this savory, hearty dish in an electric slow cooker, using simple ingredients including pork shoulder, potatoes, fresh herbs and tomatoes.
It’s a dish that defines what I think is the magic of a slow cooker — transforming a handful of ingredients into something delectable. Plus it leaves you hands-free and your house smelling amazing!
When we start craving more soul-satisfying, cozy cooking during fall and winter, it’s hard to top the convenience of using a slow-cooker for braising meat or making delicious stews and chilis, leaving you the freedom to get on with other things in your day.
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I’ve only recently jumped back on the slow-cooker train.
The last time my family moved from one state to another, I had to do a big purge of the kitchen and my old slow-cooker didn’t come along.
Nothing beats the convenience of an electric slow cooker, but I was surprised at how easily this Calphalon Precision Control™ Slow Cooker won me over.
First of all, because a slow cooker basically takes up prime real estate on the kitchen counter, it’s important that it looks good, don’t you agree?
Let’s face it — if you’re going to keep yet one more appliance on the kitchen counter, it better have what the Italians call La Bella Figura, which roughly translates as “looking mighty fine.”
This machine has an impressive low-profile design that actually looks great sitting out on my granite countertop. And the matte black finish and durable, brushed chrome handles add to its decidedly cool-looking appearance.
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Aside from its surface appeal, I like that this is a true one-pot cooker. The insert (5.6 quarts) has a nonstick ceramic surface, and it can sit directly on gas or electric cooktops for searing and sautéing before slow cooking.
I get that it’s annoying when a recipe calls for searing food on the stovetop before proceeding to slow-cooking, when the whole point of a slow-cooker is to make the process less cumbersome.
But since browning foods before slow cooking creates deep, layered flavors, I think it’s totally worth the extra step. The ability to do so in one pot makes it so much easier.
Plus the interior pot on this model is oven safe, making it a breeze to reheat food in the oven right in the pot.
Like all hearty braised dishes, this pork tastes even better one or two days later.
Serve with a simple salad and don’t forget crusty bread to soak up all the tasty sauce!
Slow Cooker Rosemary Pork and Potatoes
Yield 4 - 6 servings
A simple Italian-inspired recipe for savory, tender pork braised in the slow cooker with potatoes, rosemary and tomatoes.
- 3 1/2 pounds pork shoulder roast, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 2 equal pieces
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red chili
- 5 or 6 garlic cloves, smashed and roughly chopped
- 1 onion, peeled and sliced
- 1 1/2 pounds yellow potatoes, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
- 1 15-ounce can chopped tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- Season the pork evenly with the salt.
- Heat the cooker insert over medium-high heat on the stovetop for 1 minute. Add the oil and swirl to coat the pan. Sear the pork in two batches until browned on all sides. (If your pot isn't stove-top safe, use a large skillet to sear the meat. Transfer the browned meat to your slow cooker).
- Add all the remaining ingredients except the parsley, nestling the potatoes in and around the pork. Cover and cook on low 8 hours, or on high for 4 hours.
- Transfer the pork to a cutting board and slice into bite size-chunks. Add to a serving dish with the potatoes and vegetables.
- Skim the fat from the juices in the pot with a spoon or fat separator and pour over the pork. Sprinkle with the rosemary and parsley and serve.
Hi there! I’m Karen, a mother of two and a professionally trained cook certified in holistic nutrition.
As the recipe developer, photographer and publisher of Familystyle Food, I share recipes and tips for making easy seasonal meals that are healthy and flavorful.
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