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Country French Pork with Prunes and Apples

The classic flavors of herbes de Provence, apples and dried plums make this easy slow-cooked pork taste like a hearty meal at a French country cafe. For a traditional pairing, serve the pork with braised lentils. —Suzanne Banfield, Basking Ridge, New Jersey
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 4 hours + standing
  • Makes
    10 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon herbes de Provence
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 boneless pork loin roast (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup apple cider or unsweetened apple juice
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 large tart apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup pitted dried plums (prunes)

Directions

  • Mix flour, herbes de Provence, salt and pepper; rub over pork. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Brown roast on all sides. Place roast in a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. Add onions, apple cider, beef stock and bay leaves.
  • Cook, covered, on low 3 hours. Add apples and dried plums. Cook, covered, on low 1 to 1-1/2 hours longer or until apples and pork are tender. Remove roast, onions, apples and plums to a serving platter, discarding bay leaves; tent with foil. Let stand 15 minutes before slicing.
Nutrition Facts
4 ounces cooked pork with 3/4 cup fruit mixture: 286 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 449mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 2g fiber), 28g protein.

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