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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12 Responses to “Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Butternut Squash”

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    theblogisthenewblack — November 17, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I would never think to serve bn squash this way! Clever!

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    Emily — November 17, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    omg this looks fabulous. I love the spicy, sweet sauce! I am making this for Thanksgiving apps!

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    Lauren — November 17, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Ok, now THIS is the way to get my husband to eat squash!

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    Rachel Blumenthal — November 17, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Congrats! This post is featured in this week’s “Recipes of the Week” round-up on BostonFoodBloggers.com: http://www.bostonfoodbloggers.com/2010/11/recipes-of-week_17.html

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    Shannon — November 17, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    what a fabulous idea 🙂

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    Nutmeg Nanny — November 17, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Bacon makes everything better!

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    Acacia — November 17, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    This looks amazing! I did something with acorn squash and bacon this weekend, but this looks infinitely better! Maybe I’ll try it for Thanksgiving.

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    Eliana — November 17, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    What a delicious way to serve up squash! This looks amazing.

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    The Small Boston Kitchen — November 18, 2010 at 2:09 am

    Well I’ve never tried squash wrapped in bacon before….maybe I’d be singing a different tune? I’ve never met anything covered in bacon that I didn’t like..

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    Sharon — November 18, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Squash wrapped in bacon..Sounds yum and am sure it will be a hit at my place…

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    Jamey — November 28, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Yum! I had prosciutto on hand, so I used strips of that.. I did some with crushed red pepper flakes rather than jalapeño .. My family preferred without the pepper-they thought it just tasted better that way…I tried all ways and it is just a yummy, flexible recipe! Thanks!

    • beantownbaker — December 1st, 2013 @ 6:48 pm

      Glad this recipe worked out for you and your family!

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