Fall in a bowl: Cranberry, pork, sweet potatoes and cider soup

This is one of the best fall-inspired dishes I’ve had this year. Yes, it is early in the season, but it gives me lots of hope for the future. I originally had these flavors thanks to a stew by my pal Chef Alli. I modified it a bit because I wanted to go for the slow cooker version. I also call it a soup because it has a lighter broth then a stew. Two versions, both are delicious!

6 strips of bacon
4 pork chops or pork loin
3 cups cider
2 cups chicken stock
¼ c chopped onion
3 T dried minced onion
2 T garlic powder
1 T cinnamon
½ - 1 c dried cranberries
3 cubed sweet potatoes
Salt & pepper

First put your crock pot liner in the bottom. I might declare this my best find of the year. They are wonderful! Then take your pork chops and place them in the bottom of crockpot. Chop up your sweet potatoes into 2”ish chunks. Add those to the crock pot with the chops. Next add 2 cups of the cider and 1 cup of stock. Finally sprinkle in the cinnamon, minced onion and garlic powder. I cooked my chops on low for 6-8 hours.


When you get home from work, first cut up your bacon and add to a hot soup pan. Chef Alli has helped me realize how awesome it is to use your kitchen shears. Makes chopping up bacon a breeze! Add your chopped onion into the pan with the bacon. While they are both cooking take your pork chops out of the crock pot and cube up the pork. Add the pork to the pot with the bacon and onions. Finally move over the sweet potatoes and the liquid from crockpot and let simmer for 5-10 minutes. During this time add in the dried cranberries and the last cup of cider.  If you want more broth add the remaining chicken broth.

The plump cranberries paired with the divine flavors of cider, chops and bacon. Fall in a bowl!