-2 pork loin steaks (enough for 4 people as part of the whole roast)
-2 large carrots, cut in 1/2 slices
-3 medium sweet potatoes, cut in 1/2 slices
-6 cloves of garlic, whole or cut in half
-2 celery stocks cut in 1/2 slices
-1/2 onion, chopped
-2 generous TBLS dijon mustard
-salt and pepper to taste
-1/2 Cup homemade ketchup
*the roast measurements are estimations… I usually just throw things in as I go and don't measure things out too well...
KETCHUP (makes 1 cup)
-17 oz jar of tomato paste
-2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (ACV)
-1 tsp onion powder
-1/2 tsp garlic powder
-1/4 tsp black pepper
-1 tsp salt
-7 Tbsp pure water
1. Make the ketchup by putting all ingredients into a food processor and processing until smooth. Set aside a half-cup and store the rest in a glass container in the fridge for (as far as i've experienced) up to three weeks!
2. Layer the potatoes and carrots on the bottom of a crock pot. Add the garlic, celery and onion. Place the meat on the top of the vegetables.
3. Mix together the dijon mustard and ketchup and spread it over the meat.
4. Top everything with a little salt and pepper to taste.
5. Cook for about 8 hours on low. Stir it up gently to break up the meat and mix all the juices together. Enjoy!
Ideas for Eating:
You can cook with the ketchup like I did in roasts or as part of a homemade BBQ sauce on the grill. Or, use it as a dipping sauce with fries or meat. My personal favorite way to enjoy it is to pan-fry sweet potato fries in coconut oil (about 20 minutes on medium, flipping every 5), top them with salt and finish with a dip in the ketchup. Y.U.M.M.Y.
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