Creamy pork and cider casserole

Pork and cider casserole

This is a very simple casserole, good for the approaching autumn. Pork, apples, cream and sage all have a natural affinity and with fluffy mashed potatoes this is a really comforting dinner.

Ingredients
Feeds 2 hungry people

About 300g diced pork.
About 250ml cider – alcoholic or non alcoholic, your choice. But don’t use sweetened apple juice.
1 small onion, roughly chopped
2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
About 3 tbsp cream – I used single cream. If you’re feeling low-fat you can use low-fat creme fraiche.
Sage – either about 1/2 tsp dried or 3 or 4 fresh leaves.
1tbsp oil
Salt and pepper to taste

The Cooking

Pre-heat the oven to about 160C/320F. You don’t want it too hot or the pork will dry up.

First, do your prep. Peel and chop the onion and carrots. Do it quite chunky, this is a chunky kind of dish. Heat the oil up in a casserole dish on the hob (stovetop) on a medium heat and when it’s hot chuck in the onion and carrots. Fry them, stirring occasionally for 5 or so minutes until the onion is soft but not brown.

Throw in the diced pork and turn up the heat a bit and fry it for a couple of minutes. You don’t need it to brown and cook through, you’re just searing it. Add the salt, pepper and sage and pour over the cider and bring it up to a simmer. The liquid should be just up to the top of the ingredients – if it’s not then add some water or pour some out. Put the casserole dish in the oven (without a lid).

Now go and have a cup of tea and watch Corrie (for my Americanadian friends read: have a cup of coffee and watch… Day of Our Lives?). Stir the casserole after about 15 minutes so – the liquid should be simmering gently and have reduced a bit. Leave it alone for another 15 minutes and then stir it again, to stop the pork drying out. If you’re having it with mash, put the potatoes on now.

When the potatoes are almost done (or after another 20-ish minutes), add the cream to the casserole. Stir and return to the oven for 5 or 10 minutes (while you finish off the potatoes).

And that’s it, it’s ready to eat.

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13 Responses to “Creamy pork and cider casserole”

  1. carlamoose004 Says:

    I’m not a big fan of pork, but I’m thinking of trying this with beef. I just need to buy cider and I’ll be set to go🙂

  2. Thursday Links: 9/27/07 | foodischeap.com's cheap eats Says:

    […] love the look of this creamy pork and cider casserole recipe from 101 Things Every Cook Should Cook. I have a variation of a pork casserole […]

  3. mbround Says:

    Just thought I’d leave a comment having tried this the other week. Worked really well for me just by doing as I was told, though as there’s just me I modified it by hauling out half the mixture to my fridge before adding the cream. This was then finished off the following day by reheating and adding the cream – I didn’t know whether reheating the cream after it had sat for a day would be a good idea.
    Must get inspired to try some of the other recipies now. Thanks for presenting everything so well.

  4. 101things Says:

    Hi mbround. I’m always happy when someone finds one of my recipes works well for them. I think you’re right about re-heating the cream, good move.

  5. Nevik Says:

    /this works just as well with skinless, boneless chicken, i used thigh, because i had all the ingredients except pork. I also substituted one carrot for a parsnip, which was lovely.

    a great tasting casserole for very little effort, bravo.

  6. Wendy Says:

    I am cooking this now and have also added apples and leeks,just because i had some to use up. im having roast pots and bloccoli stems on the side.

    I was gonna do it last week but didnt have the right ingredients so used chicken and white wine instead and it was great. ill let you know how it goes. mmmmmmmmm smells good

  7. roosters takeaway Says:

    do you think this would work out into a pie. Picking up on the comment about reheating the cream do you think this would be a problem if so how could it be adapted.

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