Cinnamon Pork with Sweet Potatoes

Hubby had a difficult time finding something Cinnamon-ey to make for our monthly cooking club that wasn’t a dessert. He’s definitely the cooker in our house and I’m the baker. He made this pork and it smelled delicious while it was cooking.

As recommended, we served this over rice. The pork was extremely tender and had subtle tastes of cinnamon. This mean is even better the next day. We ate it for a couple days since it made a decent amount of food and neither of us got sick of it!

Cinnamon Pork with Sweet Potatoes – from The Splendid Table – makes 6-8 servings
2 pounds boneless pork butt or shoulder, trimmed of excess fat and gristle
2-1/2 teaspoons olive or canola oil

Seasonings:
6 whole scallions, ends trimmed, cut into 1-1/2-inch lengths, and smashed lightly with the flat side of a knife
6 cloves garlic, smashed lightly with the flat side of a knife, peeled, and sliced thin
6 slices fresh ginger, about the size of a quarter, smashed lightly with the flat side of a knife
1 teaspoon hot chile paste – we used Garlic Chili Pepper sauce from the Thai section at the store
2 to 3 sticks cinnamon
1 whole star anise, smashed, or 1 teaspoon aniseeds – we used Fennel seeds

Braising Mixture:
4 cups water
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup rice wine or sake
2 tablespoons sugar
4 sweet potatoes or yams (about 2 pounds), peeled and cut into 1-1/2-inch cubes
2 tablespoons minced scallion greens for garnish

Cut the pork into 1-1/2-inch cubes

Heat the oil until very hot in a 4-quart casserole or a Dutch oven with a lid. Add half the pork pieces. Sear the outside of half the pork over high heat until brown, turning once. Remove and sear the remaining meat. Set aside.

Reheat the pan and oil, add the Seasonings. Stir-fry until fragrant, about 15 seconds, then add the Braising Mixture. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and let simmer for 20 minutes.

Add the pork, bring the liquid to a boil, and reduce the heat to low. Let simmer, covered, for 35 to 40 minutes. Add the sweet potatoes, stir, cover, and continue cooking for about 25 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Serve the pork and potatoes atop a bed of blanched or steamed greens, with some of the braising mixture spooned on top and accompanied by steamed rice.

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32 Responses to “Daring Bakers POP! (Dairy-free cheesecake pops with recipe)”

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    HoneyB — April 27, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Wow, these look great! Kudos for your success at another baking first!

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    Mcwhisky — April 27, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Your cheesecake pops looked clean-cut. Perfect cubes and they really look good in cubes! Nicely coated!! Unlike mine, lol.

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    Marye — April 27, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    The squares look great.
    bakingdelights.com

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    BC — April 27, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Mine had footprints.. and finger prints from the pint sized assistant!

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    Susan — April 27, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Wow, your shapes are so clean and perfect. Very nice job!

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    landa — April 27, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Everything looks so perfect. Great job

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    Annemarie — April 27, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Well done in getting them dairy-free. I don’t have access to Tofutti in the UK and have had to go for the whole-dairy version, which I have to take a lactaid just to look at. Yours are lov-er-ly looking.

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    Bumblebutton — April 27, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Perfect geometrics! Nice job–and glad you enjoyed them with the extra, dairy-free challenges.

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    sterling — April 27, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    I love how perfectly cut those are – well done!
    My first batch of pops I coated by microwaving the chocolate, I think I am going to try it over the water like you did, to try to get a more consistent coating this time – they’re just in the freezer now…

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    C.L. — April 27, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    These turned out beautifully..they are such clean lines! Very nice!

    Carrie

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    Jaime — April 27, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    your pops look so perfect! i wish my cheesecake had been that firm! congrats on adapting the recipe to suit your needs 🙂

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    Jen Yu — April 27, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Aw, bummer about the lactose intolerance (I too have lactose issues normally). I’m so glad you could figure a way around it and isn’t the new DB site awesome?! 🙂 Your pops turned out beautifully! Great job.

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    Maggie — April 27, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Wow! Did you cut your squares with a knife or dental floss? They are really pretty and precise looking! I’m glad the soymilk/margarine substitute worked for you.

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    Amy J. — April 27, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Awesome. I love your squares!

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    Jenny — April 27, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    I really love the square pops, they are so elegant. Thanks for the tips on dairy-free pops!

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    Jen — April 27, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Maggie, I used a knife to cut my shapes.

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    Candace — April 28, 2008 at 1:02 am

    Great job! I did squares too.

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    Gail — April 28, 2008 at 6:25 am

    Congratulations on your lactose-free pops. I love their cute little square shape!

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    StickyGooeyCreamyChewy — April 28, 2008 at 7:29 am

    Your pops are adorable! I was so happy to see a dairy free version. My little nephews are on a dairy free diet. This is a perfect treat for them. Thanks!

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    L Vanel — April 28, 2008 at 8:33 am

    Great looking pops and a nice adapation of the recipe.

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    ~Amber~ — April 28, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Ooo I love the squares and triangles. Very cute. Congratulations on completing the challenge and being able to adapt it to something you can enjoy!

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    moowiesqrd — April 28, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    I love the square pops! I’m also lactose intolerant, but I admit to loving dairy too much to give it up. Lactaid is my friend!

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    Deborah — April 28, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Your squares are absolutely perfect!! Great job on this challenge – especially with adapting it so that you could enjoy it!

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    Dolores — April 29, 2008 at 12:14 am

    Love your geometric cheesecake pop shapes. I wish my cheesecake had been firm enough to try that approach. I may try tofutti next time…

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    Lunch Buckets — April 29, 2008 at 4:29 am

    Gorgeous cube pops! They remind me of those chocolate See’s suckers 🙂

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    SweetDesigns — April 29, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    woot!! Cute little square pops 😉 they look wonderful, and so perfect..soo very perfect lol

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    Barbara — April 30, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Your pops look wonderful!

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    Jigginjessica — May 3, 2008 at 12:45 am

    Wow! Your pops look awesome. Does it taste like real cheesecake with your toffuti substitute.

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    marion-il en faut peu pour ... — May 4, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    perfect squares 🙂 I love them !
    Great job ! congrats !

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    vertigoxcured — August 21, 2009 at 1:00 am

    i know this post is old but i was wondering if you could share the orginal recipe that isnt dairy free? my email is vertigoxcured@gmail.com

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    Keith — November 23, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    They look and sound great! I will have to try these out.

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    Leah — October 9, 2023 at 1:39 pm

    Hi- just wanted to tell you I’ve been making these every year since you posted this. I never print the recipe and every fall I have to google it to find this specific one- we all love it! My kids (13, 11 and 5) ask for these the first time we say the word pumpkin in August. So thank you!

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