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Seeded Pork Roast

  • Servings: 8
  • Course: Main Dish

This savory pork main dish is fancy enough for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or a special dinner. It's suitable for people with diabetes. The apple juice lends a subtle sweetness to the spiced roast. And when the holidays or special dinners require more oven space than you have, make this roast in your slow cooker. It makes sense that the kitchen appliance that makes life easier should have a slow cooker liner to save on cleanup, too. At the end of the meal just let the slow cooker cool, then pull the empty slow cooker liner out and toss.

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  • 1 2-1/2- to 3-pound boneless pork shoulder roast
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons anise seeds, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons caraway seeds, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons dill seeds, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons celery seeds, crushed
  • 2/3 cup apple juice or apple cider
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Disposable slow cooker liner


Step 1

Trim fat from meat. If necessary, cut meat to fit into a 3-1/2- to 5-quart slow cooker. Brush soy sauce over meat. On a large piece of foil combine anise seeds, fennel seeds, caraway seeds, dill seeds, and celery seeds. Roll roast in seeds to coat evenly. Place the disposable slow cooker liner inside the slow cooker bowl. Fit liner snugly against the bottom and sides; pull top of liner over rim of bowl. Place meat in slow cooker. Pour 1/3 cup of the apple juice and the broth around meat.

Step 2

Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 9 to 11 hours or on high-heat setting for 4-1/2 to 5-1/2 hours.

Step 3

Transfer meat to a cutting board, reserving cooking liquid. Slice meat and transfer to a serving platter. Cover meat to keep warm. Cool slow cooker completely; remove liner and discard.


For gravy, strain cooking liquid and skim off fat. Transfer cooking liquid to a small saucepan. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/3 cup apple juice and the cornstarch; stir into liquid in saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Serve gravy over meat. Makes 8 servings.

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