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Proper comfort food for a cold day – our Pork and Cider Casserole served with creamy mashed potatoes is a great family dinner idea and it only takes 10 minutes to throw together!

Pork and Cider Casserole Recipe

Mmmmm Slow Cooker Pork and Cider Casserole is just perfect for autumn.

This simple pork stew makes a delicious alternative to a Sunday roast and because it’s cooked in the slow cooker it’s a nice easy recipe which mean you can have a nice lazy Sunday.

You can throw all the ingredients into the slow cooker in less than 10 minutes and then come home to a delicious warming casserole.

The pork and cider casserole is perfect served with mustard streaked mashed potatoes or thick slices of crusty bread smothered in butter to dip in the juices.

Our pork casserole is easy, seasonal and delicious making it just the perfect easy family dinner idea.

slow cooker pork and cider casserole with mashed potato

Pork & Cider Casserole Ingredients

You’ll just need a handful of simple ingredients to make our delicious slow cooker pork casserole recipe.

Ingredients for pork and cider casserole - 500g diced pork meat on a red Joesph Joseph chopping board with knife, wooden bowl with 300g baby carrots, 2 sticks celery, one brown onion, one chicken stock pot, 2 tsp dried thyme on a small blue saucer and one bottle of apple cider
  • 500g lean diced pork – choose lean pork and trim off any visible fat.
  • 300g baby carrots – these little carrots are delicious in stew – just top and tail them and give them a scrub.
  • 1 onion – choose a medium sized onion – then peel and dice
  • 2 sticks celery – finely sliced
  • 250ml apple cider – I always use Westons Cider in my casserole, it just has such a lovely flavour that works so well with the pork.
  • 150ml chicken stock
  • 2 tsp dried thyme – you can use fresh picked thyme leaves if you prefer – you’ll probably need a few sprigs.
  • 2 tsp cornflour and a drop of water (to thicken gravy once cooked)

How To Make Pork And Cider Casserole

Our slow cooker pork and cider casserole is just so super easy to make.

All you need to do is tip all the ingredients into the slow cooker pan – bring it to the boil and leaving on low for around 8 hours to cook through.

slow cooker pork and cider casserole with mashed potato
  • Peel and chop the onions
  • Slice the celery sticks
  • Scrub the baby carrots and cut the fat ones in halves.
wooden chopping board with dark blue saucer filled with chopped onions, small wooden bowl filled with sliced celery and red and white bowl filled with scrubbed halved baby carrots
  • Add a splash of sunflower oil to the slow cooker pan and wipe it around the pan with a piece of kitchen roll to oil the sides.
  • Tip in the chopped onions.
black crockpot slow cooker pan with sunflower oil and chopped onions in the bottom - the ingredients for slow cooker pork and cider casserole are around the pan - cider,  lean diced pork, baby carrots, sliced celery
  • Tip in the sliced celery
black crockpot slow cooker pan with onions and celery being stirred with a wooden spoon. On the board around the pan are the other ingredients for slow cooker pork and cider casserole - bottle of cider, red alessi bottle opener, chicken stick, baby carrots, dried thyme and diced pork
  • Tip the lean diced pork into the slow cooker pan.
black crockpot slow cooker pan with onions, celery and diced lean pork being stirred with a wooden spoon. On the board around the pan are the other ingredients for slow cooker pork and cider casserole - bottle of cider, red alessi bottle opener, chicken stock, baby carrots, dried thyme
  • Tip the baby carrots into the slow cooker pan
black crockpot slow cooker pan filled with diced onions, sliced celery, diced lean pork and halved baby carrots - the rest of the ingredients for pork and cider casserole are on the table around the pan ready to be added - apple cider with red alessi bottle opener, dried thyme on a pale blue saucer, chicken stock in a plastic measuring cup
  • Open the bottle of cider
bottle of apple cider being opened with a red alessi bottle opener - slow cooker pan filled with pork casserole ingredients in the background
  • Pour 250ml of apple cider into the slow cooker pan.
apple cider being poured into a black crockpot slow cooker pan that's filled with pork casserole ingredients - diced pork, chopped onions, celery and carrots
  • Pour the 150ml of hot chicken stock into the slow cooker pan
chicken stock in a plastic measuring cup being poured into a black crockpot slow cooker pan with the ingredients for pork and cider casserole
  • Sprinkle the dried thyme into the slow cooker pan over the top of the pork and cider casserole ingredients.
  • Season to your preference with sea salt and cracked black pepper.
dried thyme being tipped into a crockpot slow cooker black pan with the ingredients for pork and cider casserole
  • Mix the pork and cider casserole ingredients together with a wooden spoon.
  • Bring the casserole to the boil on the hob then transfer to the slow cooker and cook on low for around 8 hours.
  • Once cooked through if the gravy needs thickening do this by adding 2 tsp of cornflour to a cup – mixing with a drop of water to form a paste and stirring through the casserole – cooking until the gravy thickens.
black crockpot slow cooker pan filled with the ingredients for pork and cider casserole - lean pork, chopped carrots, celery and onions and cider and chicken stock

Make Pork And Cider Casserole Your Way

We’ve given you a great basic pork & cider stew recipe, but you can mix things up if you like, try…

  • If you want more vegetables or need the stew to stretch for feed more people then add a tin of butter beans or diced pepper.
  • Fancy a bit of spice? Add a tsp of cinnamon, tsp of cumin and tsp of red chilli pepper flakes.

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How To Serve Pork And Cider Casserole

  • Great for busy weeknights when you just want to come home and eat dinner.
  • To make mashed potato quicker just cut the potatoes into small chunks before boiling this reduces the cooking time by around 15 minutes. This casserole is perfect served with our mustard mash!

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Can I Freeze Pork And Cider Casserole?

Yes – you can freeze pork and cider casserole. Cool the casserole completely, then store in an air tight freezer proof container or freezer bag in the freezer.

The casserole should keep good for up to 3 months.

When defrosting the casserole for use, do so safely and make sure it’s reheated thoroughly to a minimum of 75C throughout.

What Can I Do With Leftover Casserole?

If you have any leftover casserole you can cool it properly and store it in the fridge and use it the next day.

Or you could use one of our delicious ways to use up leftover stewrecipes here. There’s loads of tasty ideas from pasta dishes, to curry and pasties.

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I love just putting a handful of ingredients in the slow cooker the morning and knowing that dinner is taken care of. It just feels super organised and easy.

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Yield: Serves 4

Slow Cooker Pork and Cider Casserole

slow cooker pork and cider casserole with mashed potato

A cosy comforting slow cooker stew - perfect for coming home to on a cold night.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 500g lean pork
  • 300g carrots 
  • 1 onion 
  • 2 celery sticks 
  • 250ml cider 
  • 150ml chicken stock 
  • 2 tsp dried thyme 

Instructions

  1. Heat the slow cooker to low.
  2. Peel and dice the onion
  3. Scrub and half the carrots
  4. Slice the celery
  5. Add a splash of sunflower oil to the slow cooker pan to grease the pan
  6. Tip in the onions, celery, pork and carrots.
  7. Pour over the cider and chicken stock
  8. Season with dried thyme, salt and pepper
  9. Bring the casserole to the boil then transfer to the slow cooker and cook on low for around 8 hours until cooked through properly.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 383Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 190mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 3gSugar: 11gProtein: 35g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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