Simple Pork Stew
If you have learned anything about me by now, you should know that I love a good deal on meats that otherwise are too tough to cook quickly. I found a pound of pork stew meat for under $5 (I actually think it was trimmings off a pork shoulder from the butcher section), so with all of these ingredients I made multiple meals for about $3 a piece. It is a very simple stew, but full of flavor from searing the meat first, which is a must do for when you do slow cooking meals. Yes, you can toss everything into the slow cooker and walk away, but searing what ever meat you are cooking first is a great way to add depth to your meal.
1 pound pork stew meat
2 yellow potatoes, cubed
2 large carrots, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup diced onion
3 cloves of garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
1 quart beef stock
Stat by slicing the potatoes into cubes, peeling the carrots and chopping them, and adding both into the crock pot. At this point go ahead and add the garlic and onion to the slow cooker.
In a hot pan, sear the pork meat. You do not need to fully cook it, just sear it for about a minute on each side to get a good golden color. Remove from the pan, chop into smaller chunks and add to the slow cooker. Repeat this process until all the meat is seared. It is best to do this process just a few pieces at a time so as to not crowd the pan.
Add the beef broth to the slow cooker and give it a good stir. Put the lid on and set the slow cooker to low for 6-7 hours. Once ready, enjoy!