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Slow-Braised Pork Shoulder with Cider & Parsnips

Shoulder is the ideal cut for this warming one-pot, which is packed with autumnal flavours and perfect served with a side of mash.

Prep Time

    •    Prep time: 20 minutes
    •    Cook time: 2 hours & 30 minutes
    •    Yield: Serves 5


    •    2 bay leaves
    •    2 tbsps olive oil
    •    2 onions, sliced
    •    1 tbsp plain flour
    •    330ml bottle cider
    •    850ml chicken stock
    •    handful parsley, chopped
    •    3 parsnips, cut into chucks
    •    2 celery sticks, roughly chopped
    •    1kg / 2 lb 4oz pork shoulder, diced
    •    mashed potato and greens, to serve (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Heat the oil in a large lidded flameproof casserole and brown the meat in batches, then set aside. Fry the onions, celery and parsnips with the bay leaves for 10 mins until golden brown. Sprinkle in the flour and give a good stir, then add the pork and any juices back to the dish.
  2. Add the cider and stock so that the meat and vegetables are covered. Season and bring to a simmer, then cover and put in the oven for 2 hrs. Serve sprinkled with parsley, with mashed potato and greens, if you like.

This great family recipe is thanks to BBC Goodfood Recipes at


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