Friday, August 7, 2015

Polynesian Pork Steaks

Much of the inspiration for this dish came right off the soup can label.
A recent post on Facebook warned to never trust a recipe that includes the words “condensed mushroom soup”! Sorry, but who has the time now days to sit and simmer a soup for 5 hours, just to use 10 oz in another recipe? Slave is all for making as much as possible from scratch to avoid the heavy salt found in most canned anything. However there are alternatives! Such as this easy crock pot feast.

Slave was honored to invite next-door neighbor, Teri over to share this meal. Sharing and serving are hallmarks for those of us lucky enough to be born to
servitude. This sweet mound of fruit flavored pork will make you feel like you are having a luau.

1-2 lbs Pork steaks over an inch thick (or thick pork chops)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped (about ½ cup)
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) low sodium mushroom soup
¼ cup water
1 can (about 12 oz.) pineapple chunks, drained
3 tablespoons low salt soy sauce
10 oz. Apple juice (no sugar added)
½ cup of brown sugar
1 cup regular long grain brown rice, prepared according to package
8oz. sliced fresh mushrooms, cleaned and drained.

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Wipe out the slow cooker and spray. Set it on low and cover.

Do your cutting first. In this case the onion is all you have to worry about for now.

Season the pork with the garlic powder.

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork and brown on both sides, no more than 4 minutes per side.
In a large bowl stir together: ½ of the onion, soup, juice, pineapple, soy sauce and Brown sugar in a large bowl. Mix well.

Place the other ½ of the onions in the cooker.

Before adding the pork steaks, cut off all of the fat that you can. This is always important when cooking a fatty meat in the slow cooker. The fats will just stay in there and not drain out and you end up eating them – (not good for you at all). Now lay the trimmed pork steaks on the bed of onions in the cooker.

Pour the soup mixture over the steaks and top with the mushrooms.

Cover: Cook on low for 6 hours. (4 if pork is cut thin – 7 if over 1.5 inches thick)

Serve the pork and sauce with the rice and sprinkle with the green onion. If you like, try chopping up a green pepper to add to the pot for a more south seas flavor.

Slave served this with a roasted green vegetable. The steaks can be served on top of the rice if you like. The onions & mushrooms can also be considered a side dish for this monster meal.

NOTE: If you have any leftovers, serve them over a bed of crisped rice! Yep, right out of the cereal box! Fantastic.

How about some music?

It is always a happy day when slave gets to serve Master Indy.

To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

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