If you are looking for the perfect recipe for diced pork shoulder then this creamy casserole would be ideal.
You can serve it with buttery mash and steamed greens for a meal that the whole family will enjoy.
What Do You Need?
To make this diced pork shoulder casserole you will need a large casserole dish or Dutch oven that can be used on the stove top and in the oven. You will also need a small frying pan to crisp the bacon.
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To prepare the ingredients, you will need a chopping board and a knife.
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Tips And Tricks
To create the perfect casserole every time, follow these simple tips and tricks.
- Browning the meat – It is important to brown the meat when making a casserole. This helps to seal in the flavours and releases meat juices into the dish that will provide a deep taste. It also gives the meat a nicer texture.
- Frying the vegetables – The onions and the mushrooms will taste nice and have a better texture if they are fried before the liquid is added to the casserole. The carrots cook in the liquid and turn soft, so they don’t need to be fried first.
- Adding the cider – When you add the cider, you should wait for about a minute before you add the chicken stock. This is to allow the meat to absorb some of the cider so that it takes on that lovely, apple flavour. It also lets some of the alcohol cook out of the cider and this is important as it can leave a bitter taste if you don’t.
- Checking the meat – Before you remove the casserole from the oven you need to make sure that the meat is cooked. With pork shoulder, it should be soft and tender. Use a fork to check if it is cooked – the meat should flake away easily.
- Adding liquid – If too much of the liquid evaporates during cooking, you can add a bit more water. Make sure you add the water a small amount at a time so you don’t dilute the flavours too much.
- Thickening the sauce – If the sauce is too runny when you take the casserole out of the oven, you can thicken it with a mixture of corn flour and water. Add a little bit at a time until you achieve the desired consistency.
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How Can You Customise This Recipe?
There are several ways that you can change this diced pork shoulder recipe if you want to.
- Diced pork shoulder – The diced pork shoulder works really well in this recipe but you can also make it with other meats like stewing steak, lamb or even some chicken. Remember to adjust the cooking time depending on which meat you use.
- Cider – You may want to swap the cider for some cloudy apple juice if you want to keep this recipe free from alcohol. Make sure you use a good quality apple juice that is not from concentrate.
- Vegetables – Feel free to switch out the vegetables for your favourites or whatever you have that needs using up. This recipe is very versatile.
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