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This Slow Cooker Braised Pork Is The Recipe You Need Right Now

Low effort but really high reward.

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If you have one, you know it's true: Slow cookers are the true MVP of home cooking.

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It'll give you the tenderest meats and most delicious stews you've ever had in your life. Search "slow cooker" on Pinterest, if you don't believe me.

I love mine and I'm always looking for new recipes. So, when I saw that Martha Stewart's latest cookbook was exclusively dedicated to slow cooking, I was over the moon.

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I bookmarked a bunch of recipes and finally decided to try the Italian braised pork which looked both delicious and straightforward.

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You need to brown the pork and the veggies in a skillet, before transferring them into the slow cooker. But apart from that, it's a very low-effort recipe.

The result is honestly spectacular. The pork was amazingly tender and the sauce was rich in flavors without being heavy. I served it as recommended with some polenta and everyone asked for second.

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ITALIAN BRAISED PORK

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2½ pounds boneless pork shoulder

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

1 large onion, finely chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 celery stalk, finely chopped

¾ teaspoon fennel seeds

½ cup dry red wine

1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes

Cooked polenta

Finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, for serving

PREPARATION

Preheat a 5-to 6-quart slow cooker.

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Season pork with salt and pepper. Cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, about 8 minutes. Transfer pork to the slow cooker.

Reduce heat to medium; add onion, garlic, celery, and fennel seeds to skillet; cook until onion is softened, about 4 minutes. Add wine. Cook, scraping up browned bits with a wooden spoon, until reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Add to slow cooker along with tomatoes. Cover and cook on high until pork is very tender, 4 hours (or on low for 8 hours).

Transfer pork to a cutting board. Using two forks, shred meat into bite-size pieces, discarding any large pieces of fat. Skim fat off sauce. Return shredded pork to slow cooker and stir to combine. Serve over polenta, sprinkled with cheese.

Reprinted from Martha Stewart’s Slow Cooker. Copyright © 2017 by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.