PorkShankStew2This recipe was born out of a need for slow-cooker lunch recipes.  We have begun our fall home education this past week, and I’ve been in search of simple, slow cooker recipes.  I decided to put on my creative hat and make up my own – everyone enjoyed it and we had plenty for leftovers, too!

Ingredients:
1 pork shank
1 ham hock
salt and pepper
1 yellow onion
5-6 carrots, chopped
4 stalks of celery, chopped
1 medium head green cabbage, chopped
6 cups water (approximately)
3 TBS cooking fat (our preferred choice: homemade rendered lard – recipe here)
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
8 fresh sage leaves, chopped

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 220 F. Sprinkle salt and pepper all over the pork shank and ham hock.  Add 1 tablespoon of cooking fat to a large dutch oven, and once melted, brown the shank and hock on all sides.  Set aside.  Add 1 tablespoon of cooking fat to the pot; add the onions, carrots, and celery. Saute for 15 minutes, scraping up any brown bits and adding a little water if needed. Add the cabbage and saute a little longer.  Nestle the shank and hock into the vegetables and pour water to just cover the meat.  Cover and place in oven for 5 hours.  Once done, the meat should fall off the bones (save them for homemade baked beans!) and shred easily.  Lastly, add 1 tablespoon of cooking fat to a small pan.  Once melted add the garlic and sage leaves; saute over medium heat for 5 minutes.  Stir into the stew, add salt and pepper to taste and this tasty Pork Shank Stew is ready to eat!

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