Sunday, March 8, 2009

Apricot-Cherry Pork Loin (Crock Pot)

1 whole pork loin (approx. 2 pounds)
1/2 cup apricot preserves
1/2 cup cherry preserves
3 Tbsp Dijon mustard
3 Tbsp honey
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
vegetable oil

Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Brown all sides of the pork loin and place in the slow cooker.
In a bowl, mix apricot preserves, cherry preserves, mustard, honey, and lemon juice. Pour over the pork loin. Place cover on slow cooker. Cook on low for 4-5 hours.
Remove roast and keep warm. Strain cooking juices into a measuring cup. If it totals less than 2 cups, add warm water to complete the difference. Pour into a saucepan and heat. In a cup, blend the cornstarch and cold water. Slowly pour into the saucepan, stirring the juices constantly until the cornstarch is well integrated. Bring to a boil, stirring regularly, and cook for 2 minutes (or until sauce is thickened). Skim and discard any white foam that forms. Remove sauce from heat.
Serve sauce with the pork loin (sliced).

I'm not usually a fan of meat cooked in crock pots but this turned out wonderfully. I definitely plan to make this again in the future. Best part? I didn't have to buy any ingredients since I had everything on hand whether as a staple or left over ingredients from previous recipes. This was a great way to use up items (the two preserves, mustard, and pork loin) that was taking up space in my fridge and freezer.

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