Monday, March 11, 2013

The Schwartz's vs Pinned it, Made it: Honey Parmesan Pork Roast

Well my crock pot has gotten a ton of use recently.  Chris made some lasagna in it last Sunday which he and the kids loved!  I was a little sad that I was still under the weather and didn't get to enjoy it.  And then this past week I made some beef tips in the crock and they were amazing!  Cody stuffed his face on those and they'll get their own post next time they come around on the meal calendar.

But this edition of Pinned it, Made it is about the Honey Parmesan Pork Roast that I found here: Six Sisters' Stuff.  I don't make pork very often generally because I don't really know what to do with it.  So this appealed to me because it's a mix a bunch of stuff together and dump it in a crock pot kind of recipe.  I can handle that.  I can even handle that on a Sunday morning of Spring Forward (the worst day of the year!)

Honey Parmesan Pork

Of course I encourage you to go to the original source bla bla bla, but for those of you who don't want to follow the link, I edit copied the directions.


1 (2-3 pound) boneless pork roast
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup honey
3 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp dried basil
2 Tbsp minced garlic
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water

Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Place roast in slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the cheese, honey, soy sauce, basil, garlic, oil and salt; pour over pork. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 160°.
Remove meat to a serving platter; keep warm. Skim fat from cooking juices; transfer to a small saucepan. Bring liquid to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Gradually stir into pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Slice roast; serve with gravy (I also made mashed potatoes and the gravy was delicious on them!).

When Chris was doing the grocery list he checked to make sure we in fact had all the ingredients, except the pork, but he didn't really look at how much we would need of certain things so as I'm scrambling to get this together before we left for church we discovered we didn't have enough honey.  Normally, I wouldn't care and would have just used what we had and moved on but we were missing half of the amount of honey we needed for the HONEY parmesan pork so I had to call Annie and run over there to get some honey.  That's right, on spring forward Sunday, trying to get the family together to make it to church on time I had to drive to a friends house for an ingredient.  But we did still make it on time.  Cause that's how we roll (yeah right, normally we're late for everything).  So that being said, I followed all the directions and made no modifications to this.

Before picture, about to run out the door for church

The Pros:
*This was a really easy meal to put together.  It took me about 10 minutes to make the sauce and get everything in to the crock.
*It's common ingredients that I have on hand so all we had to pick up was the pork.  (And apparently we'll need some more honey for next time.)
*Crock pot means I can be a rock star mom and have dinner ready by 9 am.  Love that!
*Pork was tender and juicy not dried out like it can sometimes get.
*Chris, Cody and I really loved it.
*Served it with a pasta box side dish.  
*Made plenty of left overs.  (Hopefully they'll reheat well tonight.)
* Gravy seemed like it was going to be complicated to make but it only took about 5 minutes.  So even though they said something scary like "skim the fat out of the cooking juices" they mean pull the hunks of floaters out before you make your gravy.  Not a big deal at all.  I used a slotted spoon.

The Cons:
* Sarah didn't like it.  What are you gonna do!

The Changes I Made/Would Make for Next Time:
* Just for full disclosure I didn't have any soy sauce in a bottle and I wasn't about to measure the packets we keep in the fridge so I dumped in 4 packets of soy sauce.  Not sure how much that was but I'm sure it was pretty close to the right amount.  And now you all know that I have a ton of soy sauce packets from take out chinese food in my fridge.  
* When I was making the meal calendar I forgot to put side dishes on this day so that's why we had it with a box of pasta.  I would make mashed potatoes next time.  The cooking juices make a fair bit of gravy and I think it would be yummy on top of potatoes like the person suggested.  
* Next time I'm also going to try it with some roasted zucchini

ta da! (Yes, I posted the same picture twice, it was good!)

Overall, would I make it again? Yes!  This was a quick, easy, and cheap meal to make.  Chris really liked it.  I liked it.  You'll like it.  Everyone likes it.  Well, except Sarah, but she's 3 and pretty much only wants to eat strawberry sandwiches and cheerios.  

1 comment:

  1. What is a strawberry sandwich??

    Chinese take-out... Mmmmm. My biggest guilty pleasure ever..