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Pork Loin: Slow Cooked in the Instant Pot

Nonna made her favorite (and only) daughter-in-law’s pot roast recipe. Only problem was Nonna didn’t have a pot roast and she wanted to try the “SLOW COOKER” feature on R2D2 (Instant Pot). Also, Nono had some great seasonings from her herb garden. Watch the video to see how it came out. I’ll give you a hint, Nonna’s son eats as well as a husband and father as he did as a boy!

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Slow Cooked Pork Loin

Ingredients

    • 2 cups Almond Flour (or flour)
    • 1.5 pounds Pork Loin (or pot roast)
    • 1 tbsp corn starch
    • 2 cans beef broth
    • Dan Pastorini’s Garlic and Herb Seasonings
    • Jacobsen Garlic Salt
    • ground black pepper
    • 1 medium chopped Onion
    • 1/4 cup minced Garlic
    • Olive Oil
    • 3 banana peppers
    • parsley (See Note 1)
    • lemon balm
    • basil
    • oregano
    • thyme
    • Rosmary

Directions

    1. Mix almond flour, corn starch, garlic salt, garlic and herb seasonings.
    2. Coat the mix over the pork loin.
    3. Add olive oil to the bottom of the instant pot. Set on sautée and brown the meat on all sides.
    4. Remove the meat when it is browned from the instant pot.
    5. Add onions, garlic, fresh herbs, banana peppers and sautée.
    6. Once the onions are translucent, add 2 cans beef broth. Let it heat up some.
    7. Add 1/2 cup almond flour mix (or what you had leftover) and mix.
    8. Add meat (don’t forget to put the rack into the instant pot first).
    9. Slow cook in the instant pot (multi-cooker) for 6-8 hours. (See Notes 2 & 3)
    10. When the meat is cooked, you can thicken the juices if desired, by adding any left over almond flour and corn flour mixture.

    Note 1: Nonna modified her favorite (and only) Daughter in law’s recipe. Here is the list of ingredients DIL used in stead of Nonna’s spices: Marbled Chuck Roast, flour, beef broth concentrate, garlic powder, onion powder, course grained salt, course ground black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, chipotle chili powder. Just like Nonna, her DIL doesn’t measure spices and just goes by feel!

    Note 2: Make sure you read the directions on your multi-cooker (instant pot) when you use the slow cooker function. Make sure the appliance vents the steam. You do not want the pressure to build.

    Note 3: As the instant pot is not pressurized, it is easy to check the meat to see if it is cooked through. Check it earlier vice later. If it is not cooked through, you can let it cook longer. Nonna’s pork loin cooked through in 6 hours 45 mins.

Italian Sausage

Nonna makes AND actually follows Mama Tessie’s Italian Sausage recipe! This recipe has 4 ingredients which includes fat full boston butt, fennel seeds, coarse ground pepper, and hog casings. Just mix the fennel seeds and pepper into the ground meat until it sticks to your hand! Watch the video to see exactly how Nonna puts it all together and WHY she followed this recipe to a T!

This recipe is best followed by watching the video. Neither Nonna, nor myself (Aunt Winkie) wrote it down. It is very simply put together and is absolutely DELICIOUS!

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Oatmeal Cookies

Nonna’s biggest rival, Gamma, and their grandson come together to make delicious oatmeal, pecan, and dark chocolate chip cookies. Gamma shared the family recipe and Nonna provided the kitchen. They both played a part in providing the grandson! What a cute video and an awesome tasty batch of cookies!

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Spaghetti & Meatballs

This sauce was passed down from Nonna’s Great Grandmother “Mama Tess,” who immigrated from Sciliy in 1903. In fact, several limbs of the family tree and Nonna’s children, also, make this sauce. Both among the family branches and within the 5th generation, there are very few recipe adaptations (and those aren’t worth mentioning!!!). Mama Tess’ living and cooking relatives, especially Nonna, hope you enjoy this as much as the family does!

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