Slow-braised pork shoulder with cider & parsnips

Contains pork – recipe is for non-Muslims only
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:20 mins
    Cook:2 hrs 30 mins
  • Serves 5
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Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 534
  • fat 29g
  • saturates 9g
  • carbs 19g
  • sugars 10g
  • fibre 8g
  • protein 46g
  • salt 0.8g


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1kg/2lb 4oz pork shoulder, diced
  • 2 onion, sliced
  • 2 celery sticks, roughly chopped
  • 3 parsnip, cut into chunks
  • 2 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 330ml bottle cider
  • 850ml chicken stock
  • handful parsley, chopped
  • 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.

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