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This recipe is low maintenance and all the more delicious for it. Ashridge cider is particularly good here, it has a great depth of flavour; though maybe we’re biased as it’s made right next door to us in Devon. If you have a turnip or two lying around they work really well in this recipe, though the casserole will be just as good without them.

Ingredients

  • 300g pork, diced
  • 1 tbsp seasoned white flour
  • 2 slices streaky bacon, cut into lardons
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 200ml dry cider
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Sprig thyme
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 300g turnip, diced

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 120°C/Gas ½. Mix the diced pork with the flour.
  2. Heat the oil in a heavy casserole pan over the hob and evenly brown the pork and bacon all over. Remove them from the pan using a slotted spoon.
  3. Turn down the heat and soften the onions for 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes. Return the meat to the pan and add the mustard, cider, herbs, vinegar, sugar and turnips if you have them.
  4. Bring the whole thing to a simmer, transfer to the oven or a slow cooker and cook gently on a very low heat until the meat and turnips are tender.
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