Lately, I have been experimenting with pork.
We all know I made a pretty wicked Pulled Pork, but that’s just one way of cooking it & I need to branch out.
Growing up, my mom made pork tenderloin on a pretty regular basis. None of my friend’s moms did, just mine. To this day, a simple pork tenderloin reminds me of home. It makes me think of my mom running around taking care of all 5 of us kids, saying “Dinner is on the stove. Help yourself”. Meanwhile, she was helping one of us with homework, scrubbing out lunch boxes, and/or starting yet another load of laundry. She never sat down, and still doesn’t!
Last weekend, I saw a pork tenderloin at the grocery store, got all nostalgic, & bought it on impulse. I had no idea how to cook it. I just knew that I wanted to. So… I did!
After church, I threw a little of this and a little of that into my trusty crock-pot, said a little prayer, & hoped for the best. Let me tell you what, by 4:30pm the aroma was so mouthwatering that my neighbors were jealous & the “fat kid” inside of me was doing a happy dance!
By 6:00pm, the heavens started singing & dinner was served.
Crock-Pot Marinated Pork Tenderloin & Kabocha Squash
(Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free)
- 1/2 a Pork Tenderloin (I bought mine already split)
- 1/4 cup White Wine
- 1 Tblsp Thyme
- 1 Tblsp Rosemary
- 1 Tblsp Parsley
- Sea Salt
- Black Pepper
- 1/2 a Kabocha Squash, sliced into 3/4″ thick slices
- 1 tsp Olive Oil
- 1 Tblsp Bragg’s Liquid Aminos or Soy Sauce
- 1.5 Tblsp House Blend from North Market Spices
- 1/4 cup Water
- Place the pork in a shallow dish & sprinkle with thyme, rosemary, parsley, salt, & pepper.
- Evenly rub spices into the pork tenderloin.
- Drizzle with wine, cover, & refrigerate. Allow to marinate at least 1 hour, or over night.
- Place Kabocha squash in your crock-pot.
- Drizzle squash with olive oil & Bragg’s & sprinkle with North Market House Seasoning.
- Toss squash to coat evenly.
- Place marinated pork tenderloin on top of the squash.
- Pour water around the pork.
- Cover & cook on low for 5-6 hours.
- Serve with a side of your favorite BBQ Sauce, if desired.
- What food or foods reminds you of your mom or dad?
- If you could use only 1 condiment for the rest of your life what would it be?