Crock Pot Pork Stew Agrodolce

November 19th, 2017

Pork Stew Agrodolce

The days are counting down until Christmas; Christmas Tour that is.  My home will be on the tour with three other homes in my neighborhood on December 2nd.  All of this means that Thanksgiving has barely registered as I have been pulling out the Christmas baubles.  Thankfully, we will be having Thanksgiving at the kids’ home, so much of the responsibility is not on my shoulders.

When I am busy, I like to rely on my Crock Pot for meals.  This pork stew has the addition of raisins and vinegar which give the dish a sweet-and-sour (agrodolce) tang that is very pleasing.  The recipe comes from one of my favorite Crock Pot cookbooks, The Italian Slow Cooker by Michele Scicolone.

Pork Stew Agrodolce

The pork was very tender and it was delicious with Basmati rice.  I substituted dried cranberries for the raisins.

Christmas Mantel

We will get our tree after Thanksgiving but all of the rest of the decorations are in place.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone.  Christmas will be here (for some of us) before we know it.


3 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into 2-inch pieces
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 large onions, chopped
2 large celery ribs, chopped
1 cup dry white wine
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 large carrots, cut into 1-inch chunks
1/2 cup golden raisins (I used dried cranberries)

Pat the pork dry with paper towels.  Sprinkle the meat with salt and pepper to taste.

In a large, heavy skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat.  Add the pork, without crowding the pan.  Brown the meat on all sides and transfer it to the slow cooker.

When all the meat has been browned, reduce the heat to medium.  Add the onions and celery to the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, until golden.

Add the wine and vinegar and bring it to a simmer.  Transfer the onion mixture to the slow cooker.  Add the carrots and raisins.  Cover and cook on low for 6 hours, or until the pork is tender.  Serve hot.

Great with rice or polenta.

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6 responses to “Crock Pot Pork Stew Agrodolce”

  1. Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things says:

    I have that cookbook. Sounds yummy, I wil have to try it. Best of luck with your tour and Happy Thanksgiving. See you soon!

  2. Darla says:

    Your home looks lovely…wish we could make the Christmas tour. We will miss seeing you on Thanksgiving! I’m headed for jury duty early this am and hoping I won’t have to serve all week. Love you guys!

  3. Monique says:

    Everything looks beautiful!Food,plating and home.Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Madonna says:

    I want mine with a serving of polenta. 🙂 Cranberries sound better to me than raisins.

  5. Susan says:

    I love tender pork shoulder recipes, Penny! Your home looks lovely. Just got our outdoor lights done today as it was fairly mild after some very chilly weather. Hope to get the decs out this weekend 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Larry says:

    Stew is hard to beat when the weather turns cool and yours looks delicious.

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