aunt squishy's three lil' pig stew

a recipe by
Lynsee Gilbert

For the hard cider, I use Angry Orchard Green Apple but a dry cider would work also. This is a delicious, hearty, and very versatile stew that can be served in a variety of ways. #1: Spoon over cooked macaroni noodles. #2: Or go gluten free and serve over steamed white or brown rice. #3: If you're Paleo, try it over buttery mashed potatoes. #4: Or for a keto option you can spoon it over kale that's been shredded and sauteed or Brussel's Sprouts that have been halved and roasted. Please comment to let me know what your favorite combination is!

serves 8-10
prep time 30 Min
cook time 6 Hr
method Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients For aunt squishy's three lil' pig stew

  • PREP
  • 3 lb
    pork roast (any kind) cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 1 lb
    pork kielbasa or smoked sausage sliced
  • 2 Tbsp
    corn starch mixed into 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 lg
    white onion chopped
  • 1 lb
    baby carrots cut in half
  • 2 c
    baby button or bella mushrooms (optional) cut in half
  • COMBINE
  • 2 tsp
    salt
  • 2 tsp
    black pepper
  • 2 tsp
    celery salt
  • 2 tsp
    marjoram
  • 2 tsp
    dried parsley
  • 12 oz
    hard apple cider
  • 2 c
    beef or chicken stock
  • 16 oz
    heavy whipping cream
  • OTHER
  • 2 Tbsp
    coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 lb
    bacon end and pieces
  • 2 Tbsp
    minced garlic

How To Make aunt squishy's three lil' pig stew

  • 1
    Mise en place (prepare) the pork roast, kielbasa, onion, carrots, and mushrooms as indicated beside each in the ingredients list and mince the garlic if using fresh.
  • 2
    In a very large skillet, heat coconut oil until smoking slightly. Add cubed pork roast and garlic and toss until pork is browned on all sides. If it looks to be too much for your skillet to handle, divide oil, pork, and garlic into two batches and cook separately.
  • 3
    Combine browned pork (including garlic), kielbasa, carrots, onion, and mushrooms along with all ingredients under the "Combine" heading of the ingredients list in a very large crock pot and set to low heat for 6 hours, stirring once or twice.
  • 4
    20 Minutes before your crockpot timer ends, cook the bacon ends and pieces in a large skillet until slightly crispy.
  • 5
    Remove bacon from the pan but do not strain or toss the bacon grease. Chop the bacon ends and pieces into smaller bite-sized pieces as needed and return to the skillet with the bacon grease.
  • 6
    Add cooked bacon and bacon grease to the crockpot and stir thoroughly.
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