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Pork, prune and sherry casserole


Serves: 6
timePrep time: 50 mins
timeTotal time:
Pork, prune and sherry casserole
Recipe photograph by Martin Poole

Pork, prune and sherry casserole

Prunes add a lovely sweet note to this creamy pork casserole, which freezes well and is great for batch-cooking

Serves: 6
timePrep time: 50 mins
timeTotal time:

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Nutritional information (per serving)
Calories
600Kcal
Fat
26gr
Saturates
9gr
Carbs
21gr
Sugars
15gr
Fibre
6gr
Protein
55gr
Salt
1.3gr

Abigail Spooner

Abigail Spooner

Abi is our Junior Food Editor and can usually be found in the test kitchen, trialling recipes to ensure perfect results for our readers. An obsessive foodie with a sweet tooth, she is happiest when baking and is a firm believer that there is always room for dessert (preferably following a big bowl of pasta)
See more of Abigail Spooner’s recipes
Abigail Spooner

Abigail Spooner

Abi is our Junior Food Editor and can usually be found in the test kitchen, trialling recipes to ensure perfect results for our readers. An obsessive foodie with a sweet tooth, she is happiest when baking and is a firm believer that there is always room for dessert (preferably following a big bowl of pasta)
See more of Abigail Spooner’s recipes

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • about 1.7kg pork shoulder joint, trimmed and cut into 5cm chunks
  • 1 x 160g pack smoked bacon lardons
  • 250g shallots, peeled and halved
  • 500g leeks, thickly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely sliced
  • 3 tbsp plain flour - use gluten free flour if required
  • 250ml dry fino sherry
  • 500ml chicken stock (made with 1 stock pot or cube) - use gluten free stock if required
  • 200g pitted prunes
  • 1½ tbsp chopped tarragon, plus extra to serve (or 1½ tsp dried)
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 4 tbsp crème fraîche

Step by step

Get ahead
Chill for up to 3 days or freeze in portions. Defrost; reheat gently (adding a splash of water) until piping hot.
  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C, fan 150°C, gas 3½. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large lidded flameproof casserole or non-stick pan. Season the pork then brown in batches over a fairly high heat; set aside in a bowl as you go.
  2. Fry the bacon lardons in the fat remaining in the pan until crisp and golden. Transfer to the same bowl as the pork.
  3. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil and fry the shallots over a medium heat for 5 minutes until starting to brown. Stir in the leeks and continue to cook for a further 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and flour and cook for 1-2 minutes more. Gradually pour in 200ml of the sherry, stirring as you go.
  4. Add the stock plus seasoning, bring to the boil then return the pork and bacon to the pan along with any resting juices. Cover with a lid and transfer to the oven. Cook for 2 hours, until the pork is almost tender. Stir through the prunes (if using dried tarragon, add this now) and return to the oven, covered, for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven (if using fresh tarragon, stir this through now) and add the mustard, crème fraîche and remaining 50ml sherry. Season to taste and scatter with extra tarragon, if you like.
     

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