This recipe was so ridiculously easy that I’m almost embarrassed to post it… almost. I was on the schedule to work earlier this week and decided to through a few things in my crock pot to see how dinner would turn out. The meal was filling and flavorful, just what I needed after a busy day, but it came together so simply that I just had to share it with you.
I found (literally… my husband defrosted our freezer over the weekend) a lovely 2-3 pound pork loin that needed to be used and decided to be a bit creative in what I was making that evening. To the bottom of the crock pot, I layered 2 sliced onions, 1 sliced apple, 1/2 cup James River Cellars Rad Red, and 1/2 cup James River Cellars Reserve Chardonnay. I un-bagged the pork loin, placed it on top of the vegetables, seasoned it with garlic salt, pepper, and herbs de provence. I realized that I wouldn’t have time to cook and make mashed potatoes, so I popped 4 small potatoes in the same pot and cooked everything on low for 6-8 hours. By the time I got home, the house smelled amazing!
Adding the finishing touches on dinner was fairly simple. I pulled the potatoes out and mashed them in a bowl. I added some of the liquid (along with the cooked veggies) from the pot to the potato mixture to smooth everything out, then added a touch of margarine (or butter), salt, and pepper before serving. I sliced the pork, which honestly was falling apart at this point, and served dinner in under 15 minutes after my arrival home. It was simple, tasty, and satisfying… three things that I look for when trying to come up with a work-night recipe.
I hope you’ll consider trying this recipe or a variation thereof… making dinner doesn’t have to be a huge production… it can be as easy as thinking ahead. Enjoy!