Pork and apples go together like ...well ... pork and cranberries.This super easy, delicious dish blends all these flavors together beautifully, and it's made in the slow cooker, so that's a bonus! I put this together the other morning, headed to town for the day, and when I got home, the house smelled amazing! The pork was so juicy and tender, and tasted great!
Lately, our grocery store has been having some super sales on pork loins. I have the butcher cut the loins in half, and I use one right away and freeze the other. I could feed my family of five with one-third of the loin, but we like leftovers, so I use half. Plus, this is the perfect size for my oblong slow cookers.
This dish is so easy that it really doesn't even have a recipe. First, spray the inside of your crock with non-stick spray, or insert a disposable liner. Slice a couple of apples, and place a layer of slices on the bottom of the slow cooker. Sprinkle with apple pie seasoning. Place the pork loin on top of the apples.Slice "pockets" into the meat every inch and a half or so, and slip an apple slice into each pocket. Surround the meat with more apple slices. Open a can of whole cranberries in sauce, stir a little to break up the gel, and pour over the roast. Sprinkle with more apple pie spice.
That's it! A 3- to 4-pound pork loin will take about 6 hours on low, or 5 hours on high. Test for doneness with a meat thermometer. Slice and enjoy!