Slow Cooked Thai Pork with Peanut Sauce (Reason #3 why I will never become a complete vegetarian)

December 20, 2012

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My third reason for never becoming a complete vegetarian is more about texture than flavor--pork isn't one of those ingredients that I wake up craving in the middle of the night.  However, the texture of food is a very big deal for me.  I think that's why I can eat limitless quantities of Malt-o-Meal hot cereal, which may be one of the blandest foods on the planet, but have to gag my way through Jello fruit salad.

Texture-wise, Slow Cooked Thai Pork with Peanut Sauce is my favorite food in the world.  The texture of shredded pork mixed with rice, crisp-tender red peppers, and crunchy peanuts is divine.  Oh, and it tastes pretty darn good too.

Adapted from Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Recipes for Two, by Beth Hensperger

Slow Cooked Thai Pork with Peanut Sauce Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 24 ounce Hormel extra lean pork center cut loin filet, trimmed and cut into 4 pieces
  • 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

For serving:

  • jasmine rice
  • red bell pepper, chopped and sauteed until crisp-tender
  • unsalted dry roasted peanuts, chopped
  • green onions, chopped
  • lime wedges

If desired, thoroughly spray slow cooker crock with canola oil cooking spray to make clean up easier.  Place pork in slow cooker.  Pour teriyaki sauce and vinegar over pork and sprinkle with red pepper flakes and garlic.

Slow Cooked Thai Pork with Peanut Sauce in Slow Cooker

Cover and cook on low for 8-11 hours.

Remove pork from cooker and roughly chop.

Chopped Pork

Stir peanut butter into the sauce remaining in the slow cooker.  Return pork to the slow cooker and toss.

Serve pork over jasmine rice, topped with the sauteed red bell pepper, peanuts, and green onions, with a lime wedge.

Slow Cooker Thai Pork with Peanut Sauce

Photo of finished dish updated 10/6/16

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