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Iron Range Pot Roast Recipe

Iron Range Pot Roast

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"'Porketta' is a seasoned pork roast that was popular with the Italian immigrants who came to mid-Minnesota to work in the iron mines. This hearty dinner needs just a green salad tossed with vinaigrette."

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  1. Mix together seasonings and rub over all surfaces of pork roast. Brown roast in a little oil in large skillet over medium-high heat, turning often to brown evenly. Place potatoes and garlic in 3 1/2-4 quart slow cooker, pour broth over and top with browned pork roast. Cover and cook on Low for 8-9 hours, until pork is very tender. Slice pork to serve with vegetables and juices.
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Nov 09, 2009

excellent flavor! very highly seasoned--probably the best prok roast i've ever made! DO be careful to add the potatoes with about 2 hours cooking time left or they'll be mush...very good mush but mush. i also thickened the sauce to gravy but totally not necessary!

Mar 20, 2006

Great, easy recipe. I did purchase the porketta seasoning in bulk food section so just rubbed the pork & added beef stock. Potatoes too mushy so will do separate next time. I had to make this a day ahead of time so was cold when I cooked it. 3.3 lb roast took 8 hours. Delicious & very tender. Will do again. Lots of stock for gravy.


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Nov 23, 2009

Delicious! I added the potatoes 1.5 hours before the roast was done. When the potatoes and roast were finished cooking, I removed them from the crockpot and put foil over the platter to keep everything warm. I then turned the crockpot up to high and added some water with cornstarch to thicken - voila! Yummy gravy to serve over the meat and potatoes.

Nov 18, 2009

I live on the iron range and porketta is very popular here but we also do turkeyettas and beefettas using the same seasonings. it is very deliscous

Jan 05, 2010

I made this today and it was everything I remember from when I briefly lived on the Iron Range in northern Minnesota. My pork roast was 7.5 lb. so I doubled the spices and used whole fennel which I prefer. My butcher was nice enough to de-bone the shoulder roast, so I seasoned it and tied it myself. Thank you for sharing such a great recipe.

Dec 17, 2009

Decent pork roast recipe-- a good change up from using Boston Butt for pulled barbeque. I didn't have any fennel so I didn't use it, and the seasoning was still good. I couldn't find a roast any smaller than 4 1/2 pounds, and 10 hours was still plenty of time to cook it thoroughly and make it tender. I followed advice here and added the potatoes with a few hours left before cooking time was up-- the only problem with that was that there was no way to fit them all down into the juice and below the roast, so they didn't cook evenly. Honestly, I'm not sure what to do about that other than just use less potatoes (the amount that will fit). I guess you have a choice of either a bunch of mushy ones or a few well cooked ones. At the end, I removed the roast and turned the cooker to high, then added a corn starch slurry after it had started boiling to thicken it up. Seasoned well with salt and pepper. This was good served with braised cabbage.

Oct 19, 2010

Have made this many times and each time it is a hit!

Jan 04, 2010

Great recipe for juicy, flavorful pork. And it's so easy, too.


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  • Calories
  • 393 kcal
  • 20%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 22.8 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 89 mg
  • 30%
  • Fat
  • 21.6 g
  • 33%
  • Fiber
  • 3.2 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 26.2 g
  • 52%
  • Sodium
  • 562 mg
  • 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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