September 30, 2019

Qmee recipes – slow-cooked pork, cider & sage hotpot

As fall starts to set in, warm up as the nights become colder with this glorious hotpot! Slow-cooked pork cooked in cider and sage, topped with a crispy layer of potatoes, sounds absolutely delicious.

Take a look at the ingredients and method below.

Here’s what you’ll need…

4 tbsp olive oil, plus a little extra
1kg diced pork shoulder
20g butter, cubed, plus a little extra
4 leeks, trimmed and thickly sliced
4 garlic cloves, crushed
3 tbsp plain flour
500ml dry cider
400ml chicken stock
2 bay leaves
Half a small bunch parsley, finely chopped
Small bunch sage, leaves picked, 5 left whole, the rest chopped
200ml single cream
400g potatoes
400g sweet potatoes

Here’s what you’ll need to do…

  1. Heat half of the oil in a deep ovenproof frying pan, or flameproof casserole dish, and fry the pork pieces over a medium high heat in batches until seared all over, then transfer to a plate.
  2. Add another 1 tbsp oil to the pan, if you need to, while you’re cooking the batches.
  3. Once all the pork is seared, transfer to a plate and set aside.
  4. Add another 1 tbsp oil to the pan with a little butter and fry half the leeks with a pinch of salt for 10 mins until tender.
  5. Add the garlic, fry for a minute, then stir in the flour.
  6. Pour in the cider, a little at a time, stirring to pick up any bits stuck to the bottom of the pan and to combine everything.
  7. Add the stock, bay leaves and seared pork, then simmer, half-covered with a lid for 1-1.5 hrs until the meat is just tender (it will later cook to the point of falling apart in the oven). Can be prepared a day ahead.
  8. Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.
  9. Simmer uncovered for a few minutes to reduce the sauce, if you need to – it shouldn’t be too liquid or the potatoes will sink into the sauce.
  10. Stir in the parsley, chopped sage, remaining leeks, and the cream, then season well.
  11. Peel both types of potatoes and cut into slices 2mm thick, by hand or using a mandoline. Alternate layers of potato and sweet potato in circles over the pie, or randomly, if you prefer.
  12. Dot the cubed butter over the top and bake for 1-1.5 hrs until the potato is tender.
  13. Nestle in the whole sage leaves, brushed in a little oil, for the last 10 mins.
  14. Leave to rest for 10 mins before serving.


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