This Low Syn Braised Pork Cheeks with Apple is a great Slimming World friendly meal if you fancy something a little bit different.
For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍
Pig’s cheeks are cheap cuts of meat best cooked by braising or slow cooking. They’re not the prettiest but their texture and flavour are unrivalled and in our opinion, they are one of the most underrated and under-used cuts of a pig.
Sadly, they are not widely available, but your local butcher should be able to get some for you, or you can buy online from many butchers (we use Turner and George). Waitrose and Morrisons also have them in stock quite often.
As is the case with most of the cheaper cuts of meat the cheeks are not suited to fast cooking. They need a low, slow heat to allow all the fibres, made tough from actually doing something to break down, becoming gelatinous and soft.
If you can get your hands on some then we can’t recommend them highly enough!
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As the name suggests, this Low Syn Braised Pork Cheeks with Apple contains apple. Cooked apple. Now we know that Slimming World
Now we all know that Slimming World says you are to Syn cooked fruit, due the filling power being lost once cooked. However, We don’t usually bother Synning it in this case, as it’s part of a healthy, well-balanced meal, which will be served with a good helping of speed.
As always, it’s your choice if you want to Syn it or not. If you do then you should add the Syns on accordingly.
Normally this recipe calls for a couple of tablespoons of honey, but a perfect substitute is Sweet Freedom Dark Natural Sweetener.
We’ve started using this as a replacement, as it’s half the syn value of honey (only 0.5 syns a teaspoon). You can pick it up in some supermarkets or on Amazon.
This Slimming World friendly recipe can be done in the Instant Pot or in the slow cooker. It can even be done in a casserole dish in the oven.
Whenever we need to replace oil in cooking we use Frylight. Perfect for everyday frying and cooking, it delivers exactly one calorie per spray, which makes it Syn free! The Olive Oil flavour is ideal for this Low Syn Braised Pork Cheeks with Apple recipe.
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