Pork with Cider and Apple

A lovely autumnal recipe, perfect to warm you up on dark nights but light enough to enjoy any time of the year. I found the bones of this recipe on Mumsnet but having tried the original I’ve changed the pork cut, timings and ingredients to make it quicker and easier!

Ingredients (serves 4-6)

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 slices streaky bacon, chopped
  • 6 pork steaks, fat removed, cut into chunks
  • 3 carrots (or 2 carrots, 1 sweet potato) cut into chunks
  • 200g mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tbsp dried sage
  • 200 ml cider
  • 200 ml chicken stock
  • 1 tin apple slices
  • 100 g creme fraiche
  • Fresh sage leaves to garnish


  1. Heat a flame proof casserole dish, add some olive oil and fry the onion for a few minutes until soft.
  2. Add the bacon and pork and continue to fry until they are starting to brown.
  3. Add the carrots for a few minutes and then the mushrooms and sage.
  4. Stir well then pour in the cider and de-glaze the pan, simmer for a minute then add the chicken stock.
  5. Cover and cook on around 150C for about 45 minutes, then add the apple slices and return to the oven for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven, stir in the crème fraiche and season to taste.
  7. Serve with rice or potatoes and sprinkle some sage leaves on top to garnish.

My name is Caroline Sutton and I'm a wife and mother of 3 children, passionate about food, keeping me and my family healthy, gorgeous interiors and shopping! I have a degree in Biochemistry and Pharmacology and continue to be interested in the science behind diet and drugs. I also have a Diploma and City and Guilds in Interior Design and for the last 17 years have run a property company which develops, redevelops and manages rental properties: Sunlight Properties Ltd.

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