Braised Pork Cheeks with Apple

This Braised Pork Cheeks with Apple recipe is a great slimming friendly meal whether you’re counting calories or following Weight Watchers.

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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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Normally this recipe calls for a couple of tablespoons of honey, but a perfect substitute is Sweet Freedom Dark Natural Sweetener.

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This slimming 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.

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Braised Pork Cheeks with Apple

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people 30 minutes 4 hours




413kcal 13

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  1. Put the crushed garlic in a small bowl and add in the thyme, Sweet Freedom Natural Dark Sweetener, parsley and a tablespoon of water. Continue to crush some more until you achieve a paste
  2. Pat the pork cheeks completely dry with paper towels and then cover the pork cheeks with the paste and season with salt and pepper. Let them marinate for at least an hour before cooking
  3. After allowing them to absorb the flavours for about an hour, quickly dredge the pork cheeks in the flour. They shouldn't be coated in flour, just a hint should remain
  4. Set the Instant Pot to sauté and spray in some Low calorie cooking spray (or heat the olive oil in a heavy pan on a medium high heat)
  5. Sear the pork cheeks (about 30 seconds per each of its 3-4 sides) until all sides are browned
  6. After each cheek is seared, remove from the pan and set to one side
  7. Add a little more Low calorie cooking spray and sauté the onions, peppers, shallots and carrots until they are golden
  8. Add the pork cheeks, red wine vinegar and bay leaf. Allow to reduce slightly over a medium heat (the Instant Pot should still be on sauté)
  9. Add the beef stock, potatoes and apple.
  10. Turn the Instant Pot to slow cook on medium setting for 3 - 4 hours (or turn down the heat under the pan and cook for 1.5 - 2 hours, or place in a covered casserole dish in medium oven for 1.5 - 2 hours)
  11. When the pig cheeks are completely tender remove from the heat and serve

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This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
- Defrost thoroughly before reheating (you can use the defrost setting on your microwave.)
- Make sure it is piping hot all the way through before serving.


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  1. Hi
    Thank you for your wonderful website. What great recipes 🙂

    I am just thinking that I could substitute the sweet freedom syrup for the dark golden sukrin ‘sugar’. What do you think?

    Thank you x

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