Pork braised in cider and spices

A delicious warm and comforting pork recipe perfect for winter.
 
pork braised in cider and spices, winter, dinner

Recipe from: 3 March 2014
Preparation time: 10 min
Cooking time: 1h 15 min
 
 

Ingredients

 
  • 4
    Tbs
    olive oil
  • 1
    carrot - finely diced
  • 1
    onion - finely diced
  • 1
    celery stick - finely diced
  • 6
    sage leaves - roughly chopped
  • 200
    g
    smoked bacon lardoons
  • 1
    kg
    pork shoulder - diced
  • 3
    bay leaves
  • 1
    cinnamon stick
  • 2
    star anise
  • 1
    blade mace
  • 1
    Tbs
    plain flour
  • 2
    Tbs
    tomato purée
  • 1
    tsp
    paprika
  • 750
    ml
    chicken stock
  • 500
    ml
    cider
Servings: Change Serving
 
 

Method

 
Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large casserole pan over a medium heat and add the carrot, onion, celery and sage. Cook for 10 minutes, until soft and starting to colour. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Heat the remaining oil and fry the lardons until golden (about 5 minutes), then add the pork, bay leaves, cinnamon, star anise and mace. Cook for 5–10 minutes until the meat is coloured. Add the flour and stir for 2 minutes, ensuring the meat is well coated.

Stir in the tomato purée and paprika, then return the cooked vegetables to the pan along with the stock and cider. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer gently for 1 hour, stirring every 10 minutes.

Remove the lid and cook for a further 40 minutes, simmering and stirring occasionally until the sauce has thickened and the pork is tender.

Season and serve with the risotto or with mashed potato, if liked.
 

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