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 “Mint Chip Ice Cream”

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    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — July 24, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Ohh I love that it’s an all-natural mint flavor. So much better than the fake stuff.

    • beantownbaker — July 24th, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

      I agree. Hubby likes to give me a hard time by calling me a food snob for trying to avoid fake stuff in everything we eat. I figure, it’s worth the effort. And the name calling 😉

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — July 25, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Ohhh, I love mint chocolate chip! Love that you used coconut milk in it!

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    Nutmeg nanny — July 27, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Yummy 🙂 my mother would love this, mint chip has always been her favorite! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

    • beantownbaker — July 30th, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

      I can’t believe you’re commenting on blogs while at a blogging conference. Overachiever 😛

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    madscar — July 29, 2013 at 3:28 am

    Love it! This is amazing 🙂

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    Shannon — July 31, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    for some reason your blog stopped updating in feedly 🙁 corrected and now to catch up on all the deliciousness! i just made a fresh mint ice cream as well, but i like how you used coconut milk. will be doing that next time 🙂

    • beantownbaker — August 1st, 2013 @ 3:17 pm

      I know – I realized that too. But it’s working again now. Not sure if it was a Feedly issue or something on my end…

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    Allison — July 31, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Really good! I may have steeped the mint too long.. A little earthy. Will try again!

    • beantownbaker — August 1st, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

      Oh bummer! I’ve never had ice cream that I’d call “earthy”…

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    TF620 — August 9, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Would you consider doing a mint chocolate chip ice cream with goat’s milk? Or do you think the “goaty” would show through too much?

    • beantownbaker — August 10th, 2013 @ 9:36 am

      Interesting idea. I think it would be good. This ice cream was very minty, so I think it would mask the goatiness of the milk.

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