This super simple Somerset Pork is perfect for cold, blustery evenings where you just want to be cosy. While it seems rich and luxurious, we’ve kept things lighter than you’d expect by pairing nifty ingredients like reduced-fat cream cheese with just the right amount of dry, fruity cider. It’s absolutely spot on with creamy mashed potatoes and veg!
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The traditional version of Somerset Pork recipe takes its name from orchard farming, where workers would settle down and eat a hearty meal after a long day of harvesting apples.
We’ve made sure our slimming-friendly version is just as tasty and satisfying, for only 298 calories per portion. The oh-so-creamy, lip-smacking sauce is too good to leave on the plate, so you’ll need a side of fluffy mashed potatoes or golden potato wedges to help you soak up every last drop.
While traditional versions can be high in calories, we’ve used just the right amount of cider to add flavour, without taking you off track. To cut the cider out altogether, you can always use a like-for-like swap of stock (200ml), plus a splash of tangy apple cider vinegar.
Let everything bubble away together in one large pot until the smell of pork, veggies and juicy-sweet apples fill your kitchen!
What diets is this Somerset Pork suitable for?
This Somerset Pork recipe can be made suitable for gluten-free diets by swapping out the chicken stock cubes for gluten-free versions.
Please take extra care when cooking for people with allergies and be sure to use different utensils, cookware and preparation areas.
Do you need any special ingredients to make Somerset Pork?
You don’t need any fancy ingredients to make this wholesome, midweek warmer.
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Spray the pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a high heat.
When the pan is hot, add the diced pork and quickly seal for a couple of minutes.
Lower the heat to medium and add the onions and leeks. Sauté for 5 minutes until the vegetables begin to soften.
Add the garlic and thyme and stir until everything is well combined.
Pour in the stock and cider and then add the carrots and chopped apple.
When the casserole comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover with a lid and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
Stir in the mustard and cream cheese and allow to simmer, uncovered for a couple of minutes.
Season with some salt and freshly ground black pepper, if you wish.
Garnish with a few thyme sprigs to serve.
What could I serve with this Somerset Pork?
This Somerset Pork is absolutely delicious with a side of steamed vegetables, but you can make it even heartier with a potato-based side dish to soak up the sauce:
How do you know when Somerset Pork is cooked?
You should let this Somerset Pork simmer for 30 minutes, until the pork is tender and cooked through. Stir in the cream cheese and allow to bubble for another couple of minutes, with the lid removed, before serving.
Here in the UK, the standard advice is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and maintained that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep you and your family safe!
How long can you keep Somerset Pork in the fridge?
Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.
If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Somerset Pork in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.
Can I freeze Somerset Pork?
Yes, you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;
- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough in individual portions.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
Don’t forget to add a label telling you the recipe name, and the date you’re freezing it on.
How do I reheat Somerset Pork?
From chilled: Place in a microwave-proof container with loosely-fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.
From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.
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With juicy, sweet apples and tender pork chunks in a rich-and-creamy cider sauce, you'd never guess our Somerset Pork is so low in calories!
- KCals 298
- Carbs 16G
- Spray the pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a high heat.
- When the pan is hot, add the diced pork and quickly seal for a couple of minutes.
- Lower the heat to medium and add the onions and leeks. Sauté for 5 minutes until the vegetables begin to soften.
- Add the garlic and thyme and stir until everything is well combined.
- Pour in the stock and cider and then add the carrots and chopped apple.
- When the casserole comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover with a lid and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
- Stir in the mustard and cream cheese and allow to simmer, uncovered for a couple of minutes.
- Season with some salt and freshly ground black pepper, if you wish.
- Garnish with a few thyme sprigs to serve.
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