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Sunday Dinner: Slow Cooker Pork

Pork shoulder in the slow cooker:

First layer was onion slices and baby carrots, then add a cup of white wine (apple juice w a splash of apple cider vinegar would work as well). Cut the skin and most of the fat off of a 6 pound pork shoulder. This one fought me until I tried holding the knife like a bow (thank goodness for violin lessons as a child) and then it sliced right off. The pork laid on top of the carrots and onions, fatty side up, and it was heavily sprinkled with salt, pepper and thyme and garlic cloves jammed into slits the fat. Finally, topped with 3 bay leafs and baby gold potatoes (if using larger potatoes, slice in half). Cook on low, 8 hours.

Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken and Butternut Squash

I love the desert, but in the summer it is HOT. Not hot but HOT. Frying an egg on the sidewalk hot is downright chilly compared to how hot we get. This presents a problem with cooking, in that it makes the air conditioner work harder than ever. This past summer I experimented with a few new slow cooker ideas and one of my favorites was simply boneless chicken breasts, whole garlic cloves, salt, pepper and a splash (maybe a tablespoon) of balsamic vinegar. On low for 4 hours and bam…chicken is moist, tender and very flavorful.

Now that fall is approaching I decided to shake it up a bit. I started with the boneless breasts as I described above, then added a peeled and cubed butternut squash (in 1 inch cubes). Topped that with fresh sage. On low for 7 hours and voila, dinner is ready.

Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken with Butternut Squash

I mashed some of the squash for me, hubby preferred his cubed.