There is nothing better than a stew when its cold and miserable. Visiting a friend in Ireland, we were treated to a beef stew with dumplings – made in a slow cooker…. Something I have now invested in!
This inspired me to stew it up when we got home. I based this on a Jamie Oliver recipe, He gives ingredients for a basic stew which you can then add a meat and a boozy mix to. I choose the pork and cider version… with a few tweaks. This was before my slow cooker purchase, so was done in the good old Le Creuset.
PORK AND CIDER STEW
(serves 2 hungry people)
- 500g diced pork
- 500ml cider
- 1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard
- 1 tin chopped tomatoes (or passata)
- 2 celery stalks (chopped)
- 1 leek (chopped)
- 1 onion (chopped)
- 1 tablespoon plain flour
- 1 tablespoon herbs de provence
- glug of olive oil
- 1 x cooking or eating apple (peeled cored and quartered)
HOW TO MAKE IT
- Preheat the oven to Gas 4
- Heat a casserole dish and sweat off the vegetables with some olive oil for about 10 minutes.
- Add the pork, cider and tinned tomatoes, plus a heaped teaspoon of mustard and 2 tablespoons of mixed herbs. Give it a good stir and add salt and peper to taste.
- Bring to the boil then add a lid and put into the oven.
- Cook at Gas 4 for about 2.5 hours.
- Serve with rice, potatoes or bread…. Mmmm.