Moroccan Ribs

Moroccan Ribs
Servings: 4 Prep 20 mins Slow Cook 6 hrs on HIGH or LOW for 11 hours plus 10 minutes on HIGH

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound carrots, peeled and chopped (1 1/4 cups)
  • 1/2 pound parsnips, peeled and chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup (6-ounce package) dried apricots, each apricot halved
  • 1/2 cup (3 1/4 ounces) pitted prunes, each prune halved
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 3-inch cinnamon stick
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 4 whole allspice berries
  • 1 6-inch square of cheesecloth
  • 3 pounds country-style pork ribs
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Hot cooked couscous (optional)

Make It

1. Layer the carrots, parsnips, onion, apricots, prunes and garlic in a 5- to 5 1/2-quart slow cooker. Place cinnamon stick, cloves and allspice on the piece of clean cheesecloth. Tie ends together with kitchen twine to form a little bundle. Place pork ribs and spice packet on top of vegetables.

2. Stir together 1 cup of the chicken broth, the orange juice, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper in a 2-cup measure until well blended; pour evenly over ribs.

3. Cover and cook on HIGH for 5 to 6 hours or LOW for 10 to 11 hours, until the vegetables and pork ribs are tender.

4. Remove ribs to a large platter; cover with foil to keep warm. Remove spice packet.

5. Stir together remaining 1/2 cup chicken broth and the flour in a 1-cup measure until well blended and smooth. Stir into liquid in slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH for 5 to 10 minutes or until liquid is thickened. Spoon vegetable mixture from pot around the ribs on the platter. Serve with couscous on the side for soaking up the juices, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 4; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 622, Fat, total (g): 23, chol. (mg): 133, sat. fat (g): 8, carb. (g): 61, fiber (g): 9, pro. (g): 45, sodium (mg): 1094, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.