Somerset Pork

  • 15MINS
  • 45MINS
  • Serves 4
  • 298KCAL

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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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories298
  • Carbs16g
  • Protein31g
  • Fat9.5g
  • Saturates3.3g
  • Sugars14g

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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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Beautifully tasty - tastes super naughty
I love this - I went with trepidation as not huge pork lover - I simmered for an extra 30/40 minutes and the pork was so tender - the sauce is scrummy - I’m having mine with boiled rice
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A new family favourite - a real winter warmer
I added the carrots with the veg and they were cooked perfectly

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A casserole dish with a lid is best for preparing this recipe.

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We’ve used a small amount of dry cider to give our sauce its flavour.

How many calories are in this Somerset Pork?

There are 298 calories per portion in this Somerset Pork recipe, which means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category. If you’re counting calories or following one of the popular diet plans like Weight Watchers, this recipe fits in perfectly!

NHS guidelines suggest men should aim for 2,500 calories per day to maintain a healthy body weight, and women require around 2000 calories. Each person has different calorie requirements depending on their goal, so you may want to adjust your daily calorie intake according to your own personal goal.

Step 1

Spray the pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a high heat.

Step 2

When the pan is hot, add the diced pork and quickly seal for a couple of minutes.

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Step 3

Lower the heat to medium and add the onions and leeks. Sauté for 5 minutes until the vegetables begin to soften.

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Step 4

Add the garlic and thyme and stir until everything is well combined.

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Step 5

Pour in the stock and cider and then add the carrots and chopped apple.

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Step 6

When the casserole comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover with a lid and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.

Step 7

Stir in the mustard and cream cheese and allow to simmer, uncovered for a couple of minutes.

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Step 8

Season with some salt and freshly ground black pepper, if you wish.

Step 9

Garnish with a few thyme sprigs to serve.

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A close-up of a large serving spoon scooping up Pinch of Nom's creamy Somerset Pork.

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:

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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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Somerset Pork

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!
  • Prep Time
    15 MINS
  • Cook Time
    45 MINS
  • KCals 298
  • Carbs 16G

Ingredients

  • 500 g lean diced pork
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 leek rinsed and sliced
  • 2 large carrots cut into 1/2cm slices
  • 1 dessert apple peeled, cored and diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed
  • a bunch of fresh thyme stripped of the woody stems and chopped
  • 4 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 200 ml dry cider
  • 2 chicken stock cubes made up with 400ml boiling water
  • 75 g reduced-fat cream cheese
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • low-calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Spray the pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a high heat.
  2. When the pan is hot, add the diced pork and quickly seal for a couple of minutes.
  3. Lower the heat to medium and add the onions and leeks. Sauté for 5 minutes until the vegetables begin to soften.
  4. Add the garlic and thyme and stir until everything is well combined.
  5. Pour in the stock and cider and then add the carrots and chopped apple.
  6. When the casserole comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover with a lid and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
  7. Stir in the mustard and cream cheese and allow to simmer, uncovered for a couple of minutes.
  8. Season with some salt and freshly ground black pepper, if you wish.
  9. Garnish with a few thyme sprigs to serve.

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Recipe notes

Tip: If you don't want to use cider in this dish, you can replace it with the equivalent amount of stock and add a splash of cider vinegar.
Tip: You could swap the pork for some low-fat sausages.

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Brenda KennedyFriday 16th February 2024

When does the Dijon mustard get added? It is in the list of ingredients but not the instructions.

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    HollyWednesday 21st February 2024

    Hey Brenda, this has now been corrected. Add the mustard along with the cream cheese in step 7, hope that helps!

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AnnaThursday 15th February 2024

This looks yummy – Could it be done in the slow cooker?

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    HollyWednesday 21st February 2024

    Hey Anna, we haven’t tested this recipe in a slow cooker so can’t guarantee the results but we have a handy guide HERE which you may find helpful, just add the cream cheese at the end to avoid it curdling.

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