Apples are everywhere at this time of year, and so is apple cider. If you have a farmer’s market nearby, now is the perfect time to try some unfiltered, unsweetened and unpasteurized (in other words, unprocessed) apple cider. You may be able to find some in your local grocery store but read the label. Last winter, we noticed that many brands of ‘apple’ cider also contain orange juice and other additives. So just make sure you know what you’re getting.
If your slow cooker is large enough, (I used a 6.5 quart), place 3 or 4 large sweet potatoes in the bottom. After stewing in the spiced cider and pork juices they had an incredible spiced apple flavour. We blended ours with an immersion blender making the best mashed potatoes we’ve ever had!
Cook: 8 hours (low) or 4 hours (high)
Yield: 6 servings (prepared in a 6.5 quart slow cooker)
Place whole, washed but not peeled sweet potatoes in the bottom of your slow cooker insert.
Heat oil in a deep skillet over medium heat. Pat pork chops dry and sprinkle with salt on both sides. Brown the pork chops for about 4 or 5 minutes on each side. Transfer to your slow cooker.
Add the carrots, onions, cinnamon, cloves and peppercorns to the pan. Cook until the onions are golden, about 10 minutes.
Stir in the garlic, apple cider, wine, sage and bay leaves. Simmer for about 5 minutes. Pour over the pork in the slow cooker.
Cook on for 8 hours on low (or 4 hours on high).
Transfer the pork chops to a platter and loosely cover to keep them warm.
Place the sweet potatoes in a bowl and mash manually or with an immersion blender.