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Slow Cooked Italian Pork Roast with Crispy Sage and Brown Butter Apples

Italian Pork Roast with Crispy Sage and Brown Butter Apples // Karista's Kitchen

This was one of those meals I threw together on the fly.  I had a pork roast in the frig, sage from the garden and fresh apples from my local farmer.  Dinner needed to happen and it needed to happen with little effort from me, as my time was limited yesterday.

This is exactly why I have learned to embrace my slow cooker.  For years I wouldn’t even think of using a slow cooker.  Heresy I said!  After all, chef’s don’t use a slow cooker.  But alas, I am a working Mom first and my time isn’t always my own.

Yes, my slow cooker and I once again became friends.  Very good friends actually.

Because this recipe happened on the fly, and my family was patiently waiting for dinner, my food photo isn’t terribly exciting.  Nothing fancy or creative, just the recipe plated in all it’s delicious Autumn glory, ready to be served and devoured.  The crispy sage and brown butter apples complimented the seasoned pork roast beautifully and kept my family coming back for more.

Sweet, spicy, savory, earthy and fragrant. The first Autumn meal of the new school year – celebrated with lush harvest flavors.

Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love,


Slow Cooked Italian Pork Roast with Crispy Sage and Brown Butter Apples

Serves 4-6


3-4 lbs pork shoulder roast or pork butt

Italian seasoning:

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon fennel seeds

2 teaspoons sweet paprika

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon granulated garlic

1 teaspoon onion powder

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 sweet onion, sliced

2-3 cloves garlic, smashed

½ cup red wine or beef broth

1 handful of fresh sage leaves

2 apples, peeled and sliced

4-6 tablespoons sweet cream butter

½ teaspoon sugar or brown sugar

Salt and pepper to taste


Set the slow cooker on low heat.

Mix together the Italian seasoning and rub on and into the pork roast.  This can be done the night before and allows the pork to marinate in the seasoning for better flavor.

Heat a skillet and brown two or more sides of the pork roast.  Transfer to the slow cooker.

Top with the onions, garlic and wine and cook on low for about 7-8 hours or until fork tender.

Just before you are ready to serve the roast, heat a skillet over medium heat with the butter and when the butter is melted and hot add the sage leaves and cook for a minute or two until crispy. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate.

In the same skillet add the sliced apples and additional butter if needed.  Let the apples cook until tender and then season with a little sugar, salt and pepper.

Place the apples on a platter and then top with pieces of the cooked Italian pork roast.  Scatter crispy sage over the top and ladle the roast with a little of the au jus from the slow cooker.

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  • Reply
    Rosemary Mullally
    September 5, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Lovely Karista. Pork with apples 🙂

    • Reply
      September 5, 2014 at 9:04 am

      Thank you Rosemary! I think pork with apples is like ying and yang. They just always go so well together. 🙂

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    Connie Jones
    September 5, 2014 at 9:15 am

    This looks amazing. I have a lot of fresh sage in my yard – this is a must try for me. Thank you for sharing such amazing recipes.

    • Reply
      September 5, 2014 at 9:42 am

      Connie you are so welcome!! It’s beautifully fresh and flavorful. Perfect for this time of year. 🙂 Hope you’re doing well!

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    Judy (@Imbored-letsgo)
    September 5, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Sounds fantastic! I need to save this for when I decide to pull my crock pot out of storage!

    • Reply
      September 5, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      Thanks Judy! I love the ease of prep and the flavors feel like Fall. 🙂

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    September 6, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Pork tastes fantastic with apples. Great looking dish!

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      September 7, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      Yes it does. One of my fave fall flavor combos. Add the crispy sage and the dish feels even more festive. 🙂

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    September 7, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Fantastic Karista, that meat looks exceptional and rather delicious.

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      September 7, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      Thanks Nick! In slow cooked all day and was completely succulent. Paired with the apples and sage made it feel like Fall… even though it’s still hot here. 🙁

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    September 8, 2014 at 8:14 am

    So autumnal and delicious! A natural coming together of flavors… all I can say is: lucky family diners! 🙂

    • Reply
      September 9, 2014 at 7:46 am

      Thanks Ksenia! It just seems pork roast was made for apples and sage. 🙂

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