Thursday, May 12, 2011

Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Pork

I'm a morning person and I always have been.  My mom has often tells me the story of when I was a toddler getting up at 5am with my daddy to drink his morning cup of coffee with him.  He would give me a glass full of milk and I would sit on his lap as he read the morning paper.  In my mind I can almost conjure up the images of myself in footie pajamas with a tousled head of hair climbing up into his lap.  It makes me smile.  I'm okay with the fact that these memories may not be real and that I have simply made them up because I've heard the story so many times.  I treasure my moment with my daddy anyways.

These days I wake up at 5am on my volition.  I am bright eyed, cheery, and ready for the day.  I can get ready for work, pay the bills, load the dishwasher, take the dog on a walk, feed the dog, and make myself lunch all be fore I walk out the door at 6:15am to head to work.  Some days I even have it together enough to put some ingredients into the crockpot so that I can come home and not worry about dinner. 

This is a nice nutty dinner that has a relatively strong peanut butter flavor so if you aren't a fan I would pass this on by.  You may want to start with half of the amount of peanut butter if you are unsure and go from there.  I served it here over brown rice.  I am not a fancy person I forgot to garnish as I usually do but cilantro and chopped peanuts would really add a nice touch.

Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Pork
2 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips
4 (8 ounce) boneless pork loin chops
1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 Tbs rice vinegar
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts
2 limes, cut into wedges

Coat a slow cooker with cooking spray. Place the bell pepper strips and pork chops into the slow cooker. Pour the teriyaki sauce, vinegar, red pepper flakes, and garlic over the pork chops.

Cover and cook on Low until the pork is very tender, 8 to 10 hours. Once tender, remove the pork from the slow cooker, and whisk in the peanut butter until smooth. Return the pork to the slow cooker, and cook 10 minutes more.

Pour into a serving dish and sprinkle with green onions and peanuts to garnish. Decorate with lime wedges to serve.

Servings: 6
Cooking Times
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Time: 10 hours

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