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4.4.13

Slow Cooker Pork a la Normande #Foodie Friday

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Pork a la Normande
Pork a la Normande

My days of cooking hearty foods is coming to a close, but Spring is a funny season. Some days are bitter cold and wet and other days are sunny and in the 60's. So... for the next month or two I will be swinging back and forth between comfort food and fresh bright fare. 

Today is chilly and apples are still around but they not looking so crisp. Now, like the Fall, is a time to cook in the Normandy style: apples and cream, how can you go wrong? 

My family loved the chicken version of this dish (Chicken Apples & Cream a la Normande) so I thought I would try a pork version. It was a serious home run. Because I am trying to lighten up our eating a little, I used cream as a garnish instead of adding it into the whole dish. Pork is the perfect meat to cook with fruit, and apples and pork just love each other.

Bon Appetit,
Diane


Slow Cooker Pork a la Normande

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com


Ingredients:

3 pounds of pork tenderloin or shoulder cut chopped into 11/2 inch pieces
2 to 3 tablespoons flour 
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons butter
1 pound shallots chopped
6 - 8 ounces Cremini mushrooms chopped
4 - 6 apples peeled, cored, quartered
1/2 pint of apple cider
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/4 pint chicken stock thickened with flour (approx 1 tablespoon)
1 tablespoon fresh sage chopped
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons of Calvados or other brandy
garnish: creme fraiches or sour cream 


Directions:

1) In about 1 tablespoon of olive oil sauté shallots and mushrooms in a large skillet. Put in crockpot when done.

2) Salt and pepper the pork. Using approximately 1 tablespoon of oil and one of butter, brown the pork on all sides over medium high heat in the skillet. Cook in batches. Move browned pieces to crockpot.

3) When all the pork is browned add flour to the skillet. Use a spatula to scrap the bottom of the pot. Get all the brown pieces from the meat off and mixed with the flour. When the flour is browned add the rest of the wet ingredients to it: cider, vinegar, chicken stock, brandy, and sage. Keep scraping the bottom of the pan. Whisk everything together and pour it over the pork in the crockpot.

4) Place apples on top of pork in crockpot. Make sure they are on top or they will disintegrate while cooking.

5) Cook on high for approximately 6 hours or until pork is tender. If the sauce doesn't thicken to your liking scoop out a 1/2 cup or so of sauce and whisk a tablespoon of flour into it. Add it back into the crockpot. Mix and see if the consistency is right for you.

6) Ladle pork over mashed potatoes or wide egg noodles and garnish with a small scoop of creme fraiches or sour cream.
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48 comments:

  1. Thank you for letting me join in your party. Liked you and visited as advised.

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  2. Hi Diane, Thanks for hosting the party again! Yes, you're right March sure has been a typical finicky month for weather! I love your slow cooker recipe; it's still comfort food weather. I linked up a pork saltimbocca for you. Have a lovely weekend!

    Roz

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    1. Always great to have you come by... love pork recipes. Thanks.

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  3. Thanks for hosting this fun party~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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    1. You are welcome. Good to see you Lynn.

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  4. Good Morning Diane,
    Your Slow Cooker Pork La Normande looks delicious, but like you I am ready for some spring dishes. Hope you have a fabulous weekend and thanks for hosting.
    Miz Helen

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    1. Yes, I've had a few asparagus and peas meals... those alway make me feel that Spring is here.

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  5. Your pork dish looks perfect for the cold days we are still having in Vermont! Despite the cool weather I am already looking over my spring recipes with anticipation!

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    1. You guys probably still have a little snow on the ground. Just finishing your maple syrup season. Ours was very short this year. Glad to have you by Nancy. I love Vermont.

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  6. Thanks so much for host in Diane. Hope you have a lovely weekend!

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  7. Your Pork a la Normande sounds wonderful. I have made a version of this dish before, but I love that your recipe can be made in the slow cooker. I like the addition of the apple cider vinegar; it's the perfect foil to the Calvados. Thank you for hosting and have a lovely weekend :)

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    1. It is a classic dish and this version did work very well in a slow cooker. Great for tenderizing the pork. Glad you stopped by April.

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  8. Hello Diane! Ain't nothing wrong with apples and cream - two of my favorite ingredients!!

    this week i’ve linked up a post where i explicate how smoking is good for you – smoking fish, of course. A smoked trout and granny smith apple seasonal Spring salad.

    Thank you for hosting us! And I extend an invitation to you and your readers to link up at the Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up while it’s still open (only a few more hours) – talk soon! xo!

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    1. Glad to see you Kristy... hows your cold. Mine is just starting to get better today... really brutal.

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  9. Thank you for hosting and for featuring my asparagus. What a nice thing to do. I agree March is a very strange month weather-wise. Even down in south Florida we had a cold snap last week and I had to get out the sweater I had put away. Pork and apples always spell comfort food to me. Have a lovely weekend.
    Sam

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    1. Thanks Sam...when my mom used to winter in Fl she said if it got cold everyone broke out the fur coats that they kept from up North. I think that must have looked hysterical. You are very welcome about your asparagus... really wonderful sauce.

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  10. Hi Diane ~ Thanks for featuring my Sweet Bread!! It won't be Easter without it.
    Today it is snowing - a pefect day for your Pork a a Normande. Thanks for hosting & have a great week!

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    1. I love snow but not on April 5th... yes, it is a good day for pork a la Normande.

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  11. Thank you for hosting! Hope you have a nice weekend. :)

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    1. YOu are welcome Jess, thanks for coming by.

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  12. Another delicious looking recipe! We had my version of Beef Goulash modified from the Joy of Cooking last night to combat yesterday's cold weather.

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    1. Oh, beef goulash. . I don't know how to make that. Paprika right? Perfect for a cold day.

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    1. You are very welcome Sheena. Thanks for coming by.

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  14. Diane, This looks so delicious…I love slow cooker meals!

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    1. See how adaptable Dorie's recipes can be. Didn't do FFD this week. I have had a terrible cold and I have to bake with my daughter for a cancer fund raiser.

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  15. We're doing the same thing here - comfort food - salad, comfort food - salad. :) Welcome to spring! At least the winds haven't started yet. Whoops - I shouldn't have said that. I've linked up a salad this week with high hopes of warmer weather. Thanks for hosting Diane!

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    1. The wind is in full force here, but this last week has been so dry we are on fire alert.

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  16. Wow, I love the sight of the asparagus with vinaigrette... so green! Linking up again! Thank you!

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    1. Sam's vinaigrette is outstanding. I'm trying to think of what else I might want to use it on. Thanks for linking up with us.

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  17. Yay thank you so much for featuring my Beef Bunny Chow - you rock Diane. Have a great weekend xx Nat

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    1. You are very welcome, great recipe and great story with it.

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  18. I'm a bit late linking up this week Diane. That pork dish looks amazing and I've pinned to try later. I haven't had pork in ages. Thanks so much for the feature.

    Anne xx

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    1. Being so far away it is always OK for you to be fashionably late.

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  19. Thanks for stopping by my humble blog and also for liking it on FB.
    Have a lovely Sunday :)

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  20. Great idea, Diane. And, a serious homerun is the best of all. Feel better. I hope the cancer fundraiser was a success.

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    1. Hi Mary,
      The fundraiser was doing well and my daughter's cookies were being gobbled up. Everyone loved the salt Sables she made. Dorie's recipe. I had to leave early... my sinuses hurt, getting better but still run down.

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  21. I agree, apples and pork do love each other as they are a perfect combo in this comfort food recipe. Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

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  22. This recipe looks great. I have been putting my thinking cap on and have been trying to find some summer time slow cooker recipes!

    Thank you for linking up to the In and Out of the Kitchen link party! I can't wait to see what you bring next week.

    Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.com

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  23. I'm an avid crock pot cooker! I've bookmarked this one. Looks awesome!

    Crystal at http://www.mommifried.com

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    1. Oh good, this worked really well in a crockpot. The pork got very tender.

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  24. Love the addition of Calvados--so perfect. I can just imagine this meal with crusty French bread. Heavenly!

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    1. Anything to soak up more of the wonderful gravy. I hope you get a chance to make it.

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  25. Diane, this is a great recipe that our family will really enjoy! Thank you very much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

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  26. Diane, I wanted to let you know that I made this for dinner last night and it was delicious. My whole family loved it!

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    1. Thank you so much for letting me know that it worked for you. So glad to hear that everyone enjoyed it.

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