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Saturday 6 January 2018

Normandy Pork Casserole ... Perfect For Cooler Days

This recipe suggestion is what many would call comfort food, and is perfect for chilly winter evenings. This is an easy one pot recipe suggestion which melts in the mouth, you really can't go wrong! In fact, I think I can smell the aroma coming from the kitchen right now!

Ingredients: serves 10 (easily halved if there are 4 – 6 of you eating)
100g butter
Olive oil
2kg shoulder of free-range (British) pork, cubed
400g (14oz) lardons or chunky streaky bacon, chopped
32 shallots, peeled and left whole
2 small onions, chopped
4 celery sticks, chopped
1 litre dry cider
200ml chicken stock
8 tbsp. single cream
4tbsp corn-flour mixed with 2tbsp water
4tbsp wholegrain mustard
4tbsp fresh tarragon leaves

How to prepare/serve:
1. Heat the oven to 170 C, 150 C fan, 325 F, gas 3.

2. You will need a large, flameproof casserole dish. Put half butter and drizzle of olive oil (to stop butter burning) with half the cubed pork, season and fry for about 10 minutes until thoroughly browned. Remove the meat from the pot with a slotted spoon and reserve. Add the rest of the butter to the casserole and fry the rest of the pork for 10 minutes until evenly browned.

3. Meanwhile, in another pan, dry-fry the bacon until crispy. Remove, set aside, then fry the shallots, onion and celery for a few minutes, to soften slightly.

4. Combine all the pork, the lardons, shallots, onion and celery in the casserole. Pour over the cider and chicken stock to cover. Cover the dish and cook in the oven for 2 hours until the pork is tender.

5. Add the cream, corn-flour mix, mustard and tarragon to the pan. Heat on the hob and stir until the sauce has thickened slightly.

6. Serve with vegetables of your choice but a lovely dark green steamed vegetable like cavolo nero or purple sprouting broccoli can work well.

From an original idea here

A variety of recipe ideas are found within this blog, and not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan


Valerie-Jael said...

This sounds very good indeed! Have a nice weekend, hugs, Valerie

Catarina said...

This would be perfect for me today... at -24 C

Tom said...

...lardons, I learned something new today.

Elephant's Child said...

I stuck at chilly winter evening. Colour me jealous. We are heading for 39 or 40C today and cooking (anything) won't happen.

Poppy said...

This smooth and silky dish looks and sounds divine, Jan! Must give it a try!

Happy New Year, to you and yours!


Out on the prairie said...

Yum, like the warming part of food like this

Practical Parsimony said...

What is single cream? I live in the US.

Our photos said...

Hmm, that sounds great !

Carla from The River said...

Yum! Thank you for sharing.

Carol Blackburn said...

Sounds like just what the doctor ordered on a cold winter's night. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful evening.

Lowcarb team member said...

Practical Parsimony asked:
What is single cream? I live in the US.

Hello, and many thanks for your question ...

Single cream in Britain is comparable to American half and half (and may also be called pouring cream), with between 10% and 12% fat.

All the best Jan

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Thanks for the clarification on the cream, Jan. This dish is made for winter. It is making my mouth water. Stay warm, my friend. ♥

Mary Kirkland said...

That sounds good. I like most of those ingredients so I think I could like this one.

carol l mckenna said...

Perfect recipe for this time of year ~ looks and sounds delicious!

Happy Week to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Magic Love Crow said...

Yummy!!! Thank you Jan!!! Big Hugs!

The Happy Whisk said...

Love that little pot.