Pork and Cider Casserole with Cranberry and Thyme

This hearty family stew is easy to prepare and ideal for freezing, making a great standby meal.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 x 500g packs Waitrose British Diced Pork Leg
  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • 400g shallots, peeled and halved
  • 500ml Waitrose Vintage French Cider
  • 300ml hot chicken stock
  • ½ x 195g jar Waitrose Cranberry Sauce
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Roll the pork in the flour, then brown in the pan for 5-8 minutes, turning regularly – you may find it easier to do this in batches.
  2. Stir in the shallots, cider, stock, cranberry sauce and thyme sprigs. Bring to the boil, then cover and simmer very gently for 1 hour.
  3. Remove the lid and continue to simmer for 30-45 minutes until the liquid has slightly thickened and reduced – there should still be quite a lot of liquid. Season lightly. Serve with 2 x 200g packs Waitrose Red Cabbage and lightly steamed broccoli spears.

Cook's tips

To make it easier to peel shallots, place in hot water for 2-3 minutes to soften, then plunge into cold water to cool slightly. This dish can be cooled, then frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge and reheat gently until piping hot.

Drinks recommendation

Serve this succulent stew with one of its principal ingredients, Vintage French Cider a smooth and refreshing accompaniment.

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 120 minutes
  • Total time: 2 hours 20 minutes 60 minutes 60 minutes 20 minutes

Serves: 6

Nutritional Info

Typical values per serving:

Energy 1707.072kJ
Fat 14.0g
Saturated Fat 3.6g
Sugars 11.8g
Salt 0.4g

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4 stars

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This recipe was first published in Sun Apr 01 01:00:00 BST 2007.