Slow-cooked Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder

    3 hours 5 minutes

    Chunks of pork shoulder are cooked slowly with an apple cider sauce until the pork is perfectly tender and sauce has thickened.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1.5kg pork shoulder roast, cut into 8cm chunks
    • salt to generously season pork
    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 1 large brown onion, chopped
    • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/4 cup fresh sage leaves, torn
    • 1 (750ml) bottle alcoholic apple cider
    • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
    • 1/2 cup creme fraiche or thickened cream
    • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
    • crème fraiche for garnish
    • chopped fresh chives for garnish

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:2hours55min  ›  Ready in:3hours5min 

    1. Generously salt all sides of the pork shoulder chunks. Heat oil in a heavy pot over high heat. Brown pork shoulder pieces until surface is seared and crusty, about 3 or 4 minutes per side. Transfer browned pork to a plate. Add onions to oil and reduce heat to medium and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook and stir about 2 minutes. Add torn sage leaves; cook until onions soften and begin to brown, stirring frequently. Pour cider into pot; stir to deglaze bottom. Raise heat to high and bring to a boil. Stir in cider vinegar. Reduce heat to low.
    2. Transfer pork shoulder pieces to cider mixture. Cover; simmer gently on low 1 hour. Remove lid and turn pieces over. Cover; simmer on low until meat is fork tender, 1 to 2 more hours. Transfer pork to a bowl with a slotted spoon.
    3. Raise heat to high and bring sauce to a simmer. Whisk in creme fraiche. Simmer until liquid is reduced by half and is slightly thickened, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in a pinch of cayenne. Transfer pork back to pot; reduce heat to low. Baste pork with sauce while it heats through and becomes perfectly tender, and the sauce is as thick as you want it, about 15 more minutes.

    Chef's Note:

    You can substitute non-alcoholic apple cider or apple juice for the alcoholic apple cider.

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