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Creamy Gradual Cooked Pork Casserole

A beautiful comforting dish, this pork casserole is cooked slowly with cider and inventory within the oven. It is completed off with an excellent splash of cream and a sprinkling of crispy bacon lardons.
I like to serve it with creamy mashed potato for a dinner that has everybody asking for seconds!

Creamy pork casserole, topped with bacon on a plate with mashed potato and kale. There is a further plate and a bowl of kale in the background.
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That is my sort of Friday night time dinner when it has been raining and depressing all day and also you simply need one thing actually tasty to heat you up from the within.

I might contentedly scoff each little bit of this dish, however that sauce over mashed potatoes? Sure, I might eat that for the remainder of my life and never get bored.

The meat is browned after which gradual cooked with inventory and cider till pretty and tender. I wish to chuck a number of veggies in – simply to make it somewhat bit more healthy, after which it is served on creamy mashed potatoes, and completed off with crispy fried bacon lardons or pancetta.

Typically known as Somerset Pork casserole (which is mostly made utilizing a dry Somerset cider, and with the addition of apples within the sauce – that is my model of Somerset Pork Casserole) or Normandy Pork (made utilizing french cider or brandy, apples, crème fraîche and bacon lardons, typically dijon mustard too), I like to select a number of flavours from each. So for me it is:

  • Dry cider (alcoholic model)
  • Cream moderately than crème fraîche (typically crème fraîche can break up, so I desire to make use of cream – be sure it is double/heavy cream although – the upper the fats content material, the much less probably it’s to separate.)
  • Crispy bacon lardons – Typically these are crisped up, then cooked within the casserole with the pork, however I desire to sprinkle them on on the finish so they preserve all of the crispy saltiness.
  • I typically make it with apple slices. In the event you do, simply add them for the final 15-20 minutes of cooking so they do not go mushy.

📋 What do we’d like?

Ingredients for slow cooked pork casserole on a wooden table
  • I take advantage of pork shoulder steaks as a result of they’ve somewhat little bit of fats operating by way of them – which retains the pork pretty and tender. Lower off any massive sections of fats, then slice the remainder into bite-size chunks
    • You may as well use a boneless pork shoulder joint and chop into bite-size chunks in the event you desire.
  • Cider – that is alcoholic dry cider. You’ll be able to change with dry apple juice or a mix of dry apple juice and inventory (along with the remainder of the inventory within the recipe) in the event you desire.
  • Mushrooms – use your favorite. I like chestnut mushrooms, as they’ve a pleasant flavour.
  • Bacon – you should utilize lardons/diced-pancetta, or chopped up streaky bacon.

📺 Watch tips on how to make it

Full recipe with detailed steps within the recipe card on the finish of this put up.

👩‍🍳PRO TIP Fairly than including the cooked bacon lardons within the dish, sprinkle them on on the finish. This helps them to retain their salty crispness. The warmth of the casserole will heat them again up in the event that they’ve cooled an excessive amount of.

Overhead image of creamy slow-cooked pork casserole in a white casserole dish on a light blue background.

🍽️ What to serve it with

As long as you are mopping up that pretty sauce with one thing – that is the principle factor. You actually don’t desire that sauce to go to waste!

Close-up overhead image of cream pork casserole with bacon, carrot and mushroom on a light plate with mashed potato and kale. Parsley has been sprinkled on top.

This pork casserole is a extremely good meal to make forward after which reheat later. It is also nice while you’re cooking for many individuals – a big batch that everybody can spoon out onto their plates is good. Plus it is simply made gluten free too (utilizing gluten-free inventory and cider).

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Overhead image of creamy pork and bacon casserole in a white casserole pan, on a light blue surface. There is a spoonful of the casserole being taken. There is some torn bread and parsley on the table, around the casserole pan.

Creamy Gradual Cooked Pork Casserole

A beautiful comforting dish, this pork casserole is cooked slowly with cider and inventory within the oven. It is completed off with an excellent splash of cream and a sprinkling of crispy bacon lardons.

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook dinner Time 3 hrs 20 minutes

Whole Time 3 hrs 40 minutes

Course Dinner

Delicacies British

Servings 4 servings

Energy 671 kcal


  • Preheat the oven to 170C/325F.

  • Warmth 1 ½ tbsp of the oil in a big casserole dish, over a excessive warmth, till scorching.

  • Add the pork, salt, pepper and celery salt and brown on all sides – it ought to take round 6-8 minutes.

    500 g (1.1lbs) diced pork shoulder, ¼ tsp salt, ¼ tsp floor black pepper, ¼ tsp celery salt

  • Flip the warmth all the way down to medium and add within the onion. Cook dinner for five minutes, stirring often till the onion softens.

    1 onion

  • Add the mushrooms and cook dinner for an additional two minutes.

    12 child mushrooms

  • Add the carrots, cider, inventory and dried thyme. Flip up the warmth and produce to the boil. Stir and scrape up any bits which will have caught to the underside of the pan.

    2 carrots, 250 ml (1 cup) dry cider (arduous cider in the event you’re within the USA), 420 ml (1+¾ cups) hen or vegetable inventory, ½ tsp dried thyme

  • Place a lid on the pan, and place within the oven for two ½ to three hours*, till the pork flakes aside while you press it with a fork. Examine a few occasions over the past hour of cooking and add a splash of water or inventory if it is beginning to look somewhat dry.

  • Simply earlier than the casserole comes out of the oven, warmth the remaining ½ tbsp oil in a frying pan and cook dinner the bacon lardons till crispy. Flip off the warmth.

    150 g (½ cup) bacon lardons or chopped streaky bacon

  • Take away the casserole from the oven and stir within the cornstarch and water combination to thicken, if wanted.

    1 tbsp cornflour cornstarch blended with 3 tbsp chilly water

  • Stir within the cream. Style and season with somewhat extra salt and pepper if wanted. Sprinkle on the bacon lardons.

    60 ml (¼ cup) double (heavy) cream

  • Serve with inexperienced veg on high of mashed potatoes. Sprinkle on somewhat chopped parsley earlier than serving.

    2 tbsp freshly chopped parsley

✎ Notes

Cook dinner within the gradual cooker
Cook dinner the substances till the purpose it is nearly to go within the oven. Then switch  to a gradual cooker at this level and cook dinner for 6-8 hours on low or 5-6 hours on medium.
Make forward
Make the recipe (excluding frying the bacon lardons) and stir within the cream, then cool, cowl and refrigerate or freeze.
If freezing, defrost in a single day within the fridge.
Reheat in a pan over a low-medium warmth for approx quarter-hour, stirring often, till piping scorching all through.
Or in a preheated oven, in a coated dish, at 170C/325F for round 20-25 minutes, stirring often, till piping scorching all through.
Scale up
Scale up this recipe to serve 8 individuals by doubling the substances. You’ll most likely must cook dinner within the oven for the complete three hours, to make sure the pork is fall-apart tender.
Vitamin information is for one serving of this recipe and doesn’t embody serving ideas of mashed potatoes and inexperienced veg.


Energy: 671kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 28gFats: 54gSaturated Fats: 23gLdl cholesterol: 135mgSodium: 1121mgPotassium: 861mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 5490IUVitamin C: 7.3mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 1.9mg

Key phrases autumn, Casserole, Consolation Meals, Household Meal, winter

This recipe was first printed in March 2017. Up to date June 2022 with some new photographs, video and a few housekeeping.

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