Saturday, October 8, 2011

Crock Pot Polynesian Pork - Dairy and Gluten Free

I love crock pot meals.  They are so simple, taste amazing, and make your house smell wonderful all day long.  This Crock Pot Polynesian Pork fits the bill perfectly.  I woke up this morning to snow - the first accumulation of snow this year in fact.  Immediately my mind wandered to wishing for a warmer climate.  This Polynesian Pork makes me think of sunshine and warm weather with the combination of pineapple and colorful bell peppers.  So, I have to endure the cold and snow today but at least my dinner can invoke a different mood.  I love that it is also naturally dairy and gluten free.  Please pardon the picture the days are getting short here in Wyoming so there was no natural light.

Crock Pot Polynesian Pork

2 to 4 lb piece of boneless pork loin or tenderloin

2 or 3 tbs brown sugar, packed (depending on the level of sweetness desired)
1/2 tsp dried basil (or Italian seasoning)
1/2 tsp dried marjoram (or Italian seasoning)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
3 tbs corn starch

5 tbs soy sauce
1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice

3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, sliced 
1 large red bell pepper, sliced
1 large green bell pepper, sliced
1 medium jalapeno pepper, chopped (optional)
1 lb frozen pineapple chunks

Mix together the brown sugar, marjoram, salt, pepper, and corn starch.
Coat the pork loin with the mixture.
Place the pork loin in the crock pot and add the remaining seasoning mixture over it.
Add the soy sauce and apple juice to the crock pot.
Top with the garlic, onion, red pepper, and jalapeno.
Finish with the layer of pineapple.
Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours and low for 6 to 8 hours or until pork is cooked through.
Wonderful served with hot steamed rice.

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