Slow-Cooker Asian Pork Stew

Take slow cooker pork stew far east with Asian ingredients including water chestnuts, bamboo shoots and hoisin sauce. Ladled over rice, it's a complete meal.

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 7 hr 25 min
  • Servings 8

2
lb boneless country-style pork ribs, cut into 2-inch pieces
3
medium carrots, cut into 1-inch slices
2
medium onions, cut into 1-inch wedges
1
package (8 oz) fresh whole mushrooms, cut in half if large
1
can (8 oz) whole water chestnuts, drained
1
can (8 oz) bamboo shoots, drained
3/4
cup hoisin sauce
1/3
cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
4
large cloves garlic, finely chopped
1
tablespoon finely chopped gingerroot
4
cups water
2
cups uncooked long-grain white rice
2
tablespoons cornstarch
3
tablespoons water
1/3
cup lightly packed coarsely chopped cilantro

  • 1 Spray 5- to 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In cooker, layer pork, carrots, onions, mushrooms, water chestnuts and bamboo shoots. In small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup of the hoisin sauce, the soy sauce, garlic and gingerroot; pour into slow cooker.
  • 2 Cover; cook on Low heat setting 7 to 9 hours.
  • 3 During last hour of cooking, in 3-quart saucepan, heat 4 cups water and the rice to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to low. Cover; simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until rice is tender and water is absorbed.
  • 4 Gently remove pork and vegetables with slotted spoon to large bowl; cover to keep warm. Skim any fat from liquid in cooker. Pour liquid into 1-quart saucepan. Stir remaining 1/4 cup hoisin sauce into liquid; heat to boiling. In small bowl, mix cornstarch and 3 tablespoons water; stir into liquid. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened; pour over pork mixture and gently stir.
  • 5 Sprinkle cilantro over stew. Serve over rice.

Expert Tips

Hoisin sauce is often used in Chinese cuisine. The reddish-brown sauce, flavored with soybeans, garlic, chiles and numerous spices, tastes spicy and sweet.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
510
(
Calories from Fat
130),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
15g
15%
(Saturated Fat
5g,
5%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
70mg
70%;
Sodium
810mg
810%;
Total Carbohydrate
63g
63%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
5g
5%
),
Protein
30g
30%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
80%;
Vitamin C
6%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
20%;
Exchanges:
3 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.