It just occurred to me that all of my Crock Pot dishes look the same. Especially the Asian ones – braised meat, thick sauces and topped with my favorite type of onion: green onions! This dish adds another layer of flavor with peanut butter, a rich and creamy finish to a deeply flavored meat.
Unlike many pork Crock Pot meals, this one uses the lean pork tenderloin, resulting in a much less greasy dish.
Warm and comforting on chilly nights like these, this meal is easy to put on in the morning while you do you last-minute holiday shopping (and other merriment).
I love how bits turn dark and extra caramelized in the slow cooker. Deeply satisfying and comforting to every one of your senses.
Adapted from Cooking Light.
Crock Pot Spicy Thai Peanut Pork
Ingredients (serves 3-4):
- 2 lb. boneless pork tenderloin, cut into 4 pieces
- 1/4 c. teriyaki sauce (I didn’t have this, so just mixed up some oyster sauce, ground ginger, soy sauce and brown sugar)
- 2 T rice wine vinegar
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 c. creamy peanut butter
- Cooked rice
- Sliced green onions, for garnish
- Lime wedges, for garnish
Place pork in slow cooker. Stir teriyaki, vinegar, pepper flakes and garlic cloves in small bowl and pour over pork. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. (Note: if you want more juice, I would add some chicken stock to the mix – next time I will add at least 1-2 cups of stock along with the spices).
When cooked, remove pork and coarsely chop. Whisk peanut butter into slow cooker to combine. Stir in pork.
Serve over cooked rice, with green onions on top. Squeeze lime over to serve – the lime juice is a nice balance to the richness of the dish, so I highly recommend it.
Enjoy, friends! xoxo