Italian Braised Pork

jPaul Gaskill


This tender pork would also be wonderful over pasta or polenta.


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20 Min
4 Hr 20 Min
Slow Cooker Crock Pot


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    o 2 tablespoons olive oil
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    o 2 1/2 pounds boneless pork shoulder
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    o coarse salt and pepper
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    o 1 large yellow onion, diced small
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    o 3 cloves garlic, minced
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    o 1 stalk celery, diced small
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    o 3/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
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    o 1/2 cup dry red wine, such as cabernet sauvignon or merlot
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    o 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
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    o 4 cups prepared couscous, for serving

How to Make Italian Braised Pork


  1. 1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Season pork with salt and pepper and cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, about 8 minutes. Transfer pork to a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Reduce heat to medium and add onion, garlic, celery, and fennel seeds to pan; cook until onion is softened, about 4 minutes.
  2. 2. Add wine and 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 8 hours on low).
  3. 3. Transfer pork to a cutting board. With two forks, shred meat into bite-size pieces, discarding any large pieces of fat. Skim fat off sauce and discard. Return shredded pork to slow cooker and stir to combine. (To store: Cool, cover, and refrigerate up to 3 days.) Serve over couscous.
  4. Tasty Tip
    Take a few minutes to brown the pork and saute the other ingredients before adding them to the slow cooker -- it gives the dish deep flavor.

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About Italian Braised Pork

Course/Dish: Pork
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Italian
Hashtag: #pork

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