Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Chili-Braised Pork with Roasted Butternut Squash Wedges

Dinner's Ready! A warm plate of food on a cold snowy night should be just want you want to dinner. 

How does a 4 lb pork roast rubbed with chili powder, salt, pepper and oregano cooked 6-8 hours in a slow cooker sound?

A large onion was chopped and placed under the roast in the slow cooker. A cup of fresh orange juice and a can of reduced sodium chicken broth were poured around the pork before cooking.

Now that the pork is cooking, let's move on to the butternut squash. I cut them in halve and you can see the lovely seeds. These will need to be removed, I usually use a spoon to do so. 

The squash will also need to be peeled; I used a vegetable peeler to do so (far less chance to cut yourself than using a knife). Now the squash is ready to be baked at 425 degrees for 25-30 minutes after you combine the squash with a little olive oil, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.

When the pork is done, it can be shredded with two forks. 

The table is ready and waiting for everyone to take a seat. A live green plant is added to serve as a centerpiece. Green grosgrain ribbon, used to mimic the green plant, is tied around the napkin and flatware keeping it simple.

Add a little barbecue sauce and make it a sandwich or open face. 

A small salad with manderian oranges gives a sweet taste to compliment the pork. Your meal is healthy and should make everyone in the family happy - Judy.

Table Runner & Napkins: Pottery Barn
Charger: Pottery Barn
White Plates: Fiestaware

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Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
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Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House

Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Let's Dish  at Cuisine Kathleen on Wednesday
Centerpiece Wednesday at the Style Sisters
Ivy and Elephants for What Is It Wednesday

Open House Party at No Minimalist Here
Tablescape Thursday@ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner
Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage
Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
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Feathered Nest Friday at the French Country Cottage
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Jennifer Rizzo for Fabulously Creative Frida
Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm

Seasonal Sunday at The Tablescaper
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  1. Oh wow, the men around here would LOVE this! Great slow cooker recipe, thanks Judy!

  2. Mmmmmmm.....that sounds particularly good given the weather we're having! Even though it's cold outside, I still don't like to necessarily turn the oven on. Ramon keeps it hotter than a kiln in here already, and I would often just prefer to go the way of the slow cooker. Lots less mess to clean up, too!!!

    You took such lovely photos! The flatware all tied up with ribbon on the napkins is so, so pretty.

    Stay warm and above all...please stay safe!!! Have a great weekend!

  3. I love butternut squash...thanks for a new recipe! And thanks for sharing on the Thursday blog hop...so happy you joined us!

  4. Perfect! Thank you for helping to make the Thursday Favorite Things Blog hop so much fun. Big Hugs ♥