Crockpot Cranberry Pork Roast

Today’s cranberry recipes features BOTH dried cranberries and fresh cranberries! Bonus points for that. Did you know that you can freeze fresh cranberries? I didn’t know that until this year. In fact, on the bag of cranberries that I picked up the other day, it said “Buy two bags, freeze one” It says on the bag to just throw the bag into the freezer as it is. I’ve been doing this because we both love the flavor of cranberries and I’d love to have them in the house even when they’re out of season.

I wanted to feature at least one savory cranberry dish this week. This recipe couldn’t have been any easier. I always say that I love the no-fuss crockpot meals. This one is definitely no fuss. Just throw everything in the crockpot, turn it on low and forget about it until you walk in the door from work to a wondering smelling pork roast.

Hubby and I both really enjoyed this pork. The meat itself was very tender and fell apart as we filled up our plates. The cranberries provided a sweet and tart flavor combination that was unique. Don’t worry, it wasn’t overly sweet at all. We agreed that we will definitely be making this again. It did make quite a bit of meat, so we froze half of it for a quick meal in the future when we don’t have time to cook.

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Cranberry Pork Roast

Ingredients:

1 (2.5-3 lb) pork loin roast or rib roast
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon dried mustard - I didn't have any so I used a bit of prepared mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup fresh cranberries
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup golden raisins - I didn't have any so I used dried cranberries
1 clove garlic, chopped - I used 3
1/3 cup cranberry juice
1/2 small lemon, thinly sliced

Directions:

Use a 4 quart crockpot. In a plastic zipper bag, put dry spices and cornstarch and add meat. Shake to coat. Put contents into your slow cooker.

Add cranberry sauce, or your fresh cranberries and sugar. Put in raisins and garlic. Pour in cranberry juice, and top with lemon slices.

Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or high for about 4. The longer you cook the meat, the more tender it will be.

Check out my week of Cranberries here.

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11 Responses to “Apple Cranberry Cake-Pie”

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    nutmegnanny — November 16, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    This looks so homey and delicious!

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    lilybeth12 — November 16, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    RDQ: where should I add the cranberries? did you substitute them for the raisins? can i use fresh cranberries?

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    Jen — November 17, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Sorry – I updated the recipe to reflect that I used dried cranberries in place of the raisins.

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    Jane — November 22, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Looks just delicious! I’m crazy lately about cranberries too. Talk about a versatile fruit! I just used them this evening to make a cranberry-apple conserve that served as the sauce for almond-crusted pork tenderloin. It was a big hit.

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    Lisa — November 22, 2009 at 3:09 am

    I also wonder if you can use fresh cranberries since they are in season!

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    Jen — November 22, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    You could definitely make this with fresh cranberries if you wanted.

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    Lisa — November 22, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    How long did you bake this if you halved it in a 8 by 8 pan? So excited to try it 🙂

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    Jen — November 22, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    I think I started checking it at 30 minutes and left it in for about 45 based on the color of the top layer.

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    Lucy — November 22, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    I’ve seen this recipe around before but it never fails to look so delicious! Gorgeous flavours 🙂

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    Lisa — November 23, 2009 at 2:19 am

    Me again. It is DELICIOUS! I halved the recipe and used 1 cup of fresh cranberries, though I think I could have used more.

    Thanks so much!

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    Jen — November 23, 2009 at 2:26 am

    Glad to hear it Lisa! I will definitely have to try this with fresh cranberries next time I make it.

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