Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Italian Braised Pork

Ugh, I know the photo is blurry but I had to share this dish because it was so yummy and for those of you always looking for something new to make in your slow cooker, you must try this. Oh and ignore the overabundance of pine nuts. The recipe doesn't call for them but I love their taste and I wanted a little crunch so I added them at the last minute.

I find that prepping as many ingredients the night before makes it so much easier to get everything into the slow cooker in the morning. For this recipe, I diced all the veggies and stored in the fridge. I also put all the other ingredients (except for the pork of course) on my kitchen counter next to my slow cooker. Then all I had to do in the morning was sear the pork, saute the veggies and dump it all into the cooker.

You can find a proper photo of the dish here

Italian Braised Pork
-Everyday Food


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless pork shoulder
  • Coarse salt and pepper
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced small
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced small
  • 3/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 4 cups prepared couscous, for serving


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Season pork with salt and pepper and cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, about 8 minutes. Transfer pork to a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Reduce heat to medium and add onion, garlic, celery, and fennel seeds to pan; cook until onion is softened, about 4 minutes.
  2. Add wine and cook, scraping up browned bits with a wooden spoon, until reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Add to slow cooker along with tomatoes. Cover and cook on high until pork is very tender, 4 hours (or 8 hours on low).
  3. Transfer pork to a cutting board. With two forks, shred meat into bite-size pieces, discarding any large pieces of fat. Skim fat off sauce and discard. Return shredded pork to slow cooker and stir to combine. (To store: Cool, cover, and refrigerate up to 3 days.) Serve over couscous.


  1. YUM! I hate when I make something awesome and photo turns out blurry. Bah! Josh is a big fan- maybe I"ll give this a go!

  2. I can TOTALLY see the beauty past the blur. This looks and sounds amazing. Bookmarked for the immediate future - thank you!