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.

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

Serves: 6


  • 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.