It has snowed all day today in Northern VA. We were supposed to get 2-4 inches, and I think we landed on the high end of that estimate. It should have been a lazy day, but ended up being full of activity -- eye doctor, trip to the store to spend gift cards, and an unexpected, but fun-filled, playdate.
With all the activity, it was a very good thing that I went for the comfort meal in the crock pot today. I made pork roast in an apple, onion and carrot gravy with red cabbage and spaetzle. It was as German a fare as one could image, and my word, was it delicious.
Pork Roast Recipe:
3 lb pork loin roast
1 tbs Kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tbs garlic powder
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 cup baby carrots
1 med. red onion, roughly chopped
4 Granny Smith Apples
1 4oz container of apple sauce
2 cloves of chopped garlic
Place veggies on the bottom of the crock pot. Place roast on top of the veggie/fruit and coat with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
Set crock pot on low and cook for 6-7 hrs.
I am a red cabbage snob, if there is such a thing, so it has to be a product of Germany. I used a jarred red cabbage called Barrel Red Cabbage by Gundelsheim. You may use any red cabbage that you enjoy.
The spaetzle is also a German product by Bechtle, but can be found in the International aisle of most grocery stores. (I'm not sure if you can find the red cabbage brand there or not.)
To create the wonderful veggie/fruit gravy to ladle over your pork and spaetzle, all you have to do is mix 1 tbs of cornstarch with 1/4 cup of cold water in a small bowl. Bring the veggie/fruit juice that is left on the bottom of the crock pot to a boil in a separate pot, and add the cornstarch slurry. Return to a boil and allow to thicken -- this only take a minute or so.
All members of the family were present for the meal (Lyle and I enjoyed every bit of it)
6 out of 6 ate the pork
4 out of 6 ate or at least tasted the red cabbage
5 out of 6 ate the spaetzle
3 out of 6 enjoyed the gravy
This meal was a SUCCESS! Actually, I have to be honest -- this meal is always a success. We make it often.
Let me know if your kids will eat it.
Remember: Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied. (Lk 6:21)