Recipes

Wisconsin Pork and Sweet Potato Spiral

This was the 1st place recipe from the 2011 Wisconsin Pork Association's "Mouthwatering Wisconsin Pork - Slow Cooked to Perfection" Contest.

    1 large (2 lbs) sweet potato
    1 medium sized tart apple
    2 lbs boneless pork sirloin roast
    2 teaspoons cinnamon
    2 teaspoons ground ginger
    1 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
    2 tablespoons butter
    coarse sea salt and pepper to taste
    1 cup apple juice
    ¼ cup light agave syrup
    spinach leaves for garnish

    Glaze:
    ½ cup light agave syrup
    ½ cup apple juice
    1 tablespoon cornstarch

  1. Peel the sweet potato and cut into 1 inch size slices.
  2. Peel and core the apple and cut into 1 inch slices.
  3. Put sweet potato in steamer and steam on the stove until near tender. Add apple slices and steam until they are near tender.
  4. Drain potatoes and apples and pour into bowl.
  5. Add ½ tsp fresh ground nutmeg, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, 2 tablespoons butter and coarsely mix and mash the potato/apple mixture.
  6. On a separate cutting board, slice the pork roast lengthwise almost in half and then lay it open.
  7. With a tenderizing mallet, pound the pork until it is only ½ to ¾ inch thick (turning meat over a couple of times as you pound). You should have about a 12-15 inch long by 3-4 inch wide piece of tenderized meat when you are finished.
  8. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon cinnamon evenly over the meat on one side. Grate ½ teaspoon fresh nutmeg over the meat and sprinkle 1 teaspoon ginger evenly over the meat.
  9. Grind coarse sea salt and black pepper evenly over the meat to taste.
  10. Layer the cooled mashed sweet potato/apple mixture evenly over the meat but keep about an inch away fro all edges.
  11. Carefully roll the meat up into a spiral. (If one end is wider than the other, start at the narrow end and roll towards the wider end.)
  12. Place the pork in the slow cooker.
  13. Mix 1 cup of apple juice with ¼ cup light agave syrup and pour over and around meat.
  14. Slow cook on high for 3 hours.
  15. Remove pork spiral from slow cooker and place on platter and let rest for 10 minutes.
  16. Meanwhile mix agave syrup, cornstarch, and apple juice together and heat on the stove until it thickens.
  17. Place spiral on platter garnished with spinach leaves. Pour sauce over the pork spiral.
  18. Serve and enjoy!