Pork with pears, prunes & verjuice

Pork with pears, prunes & verjuice

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Cooking time

Prep: 40 mins - 50 mins Cook: 2 hrs, 30 mins Plus up to 12 hours marinating

Skill level

Moderately easy

Servings

Serves 4

This is a whole meal in one pot - the only extra thing to serve is fresh green salad

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
778
protein
38g
carbs
56g
fat
46g
saturates
15g
fibre
7g
sugar
1g
salt
0.87g

Ingredients

  • 750-900g/1lb 10oz-2lb belly pork, rind removed and cut into 5cm/2in cubes
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • grated zest of half a lemon
  • 1 tsp crushed coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme (lemon thyme is especially good)
  • 125ml verjuice
  • 8-10 ready-to-eat prunes
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 250g small onions or shallots, whole or halved
  • 600ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1-2 tsp light muscovado sugar
  • 3-4 pears
  • 500-650g/1lb 2oz-1lb 7oz small potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks

To serve

  • chopped fresh flatleaf parsley
  • a little grated lemon zest

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Method

  1. Mix the pork with the garlic, lemon zest, coriander, thyme, verjuice and prunes in a non-metallic dish. Season well. Cover and marinate in the fridge for up to 12 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4/fan oven 160C. Remove the pork and prunes from the marinade and set aside separately. Pat the pork dry, then toss in the flour. Heat 3 tablespoons of the oil in a frying pan and brown the pork on all sides (you may have to do this in batches). Transfer the pork to a large, wide casserole dish.
  3. Wipe out the frying pan, add the remaining oil and brown the onions or shallots on all sides. Remove and set aside. Add the marinade to the pan and bring to the boil. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then stir in the stock and sugar and bring back to the boil. Pour over the pork, cover and cook in the oven for 11⁄2 hours. (You can prepare up to this stage a day ahead. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Next day, skim off fat if necessary; reheat until bubbling before carrying on with the recipe. You may need to add a little more stock or water.)
  4. About 20 minutes before the pork is ready, peel the pears and cut them into wedges, then remove the cores. Remove the pork from the oven and adjust the seasoning, adding more sugar if you like. Stir in the onions or shallots, pears and potatoes, cover the casserole and return to the oven for another 40 minutes or until the potatoes are just tender.
  5. Uncover the dish and stir in the prunes, then stir in a little more stock if the casserole seems dry. Return to the oven for another 15-20 minutes, until the potatoes are fully cooked. Check the seasoning, then scatter the parsley and lemon zest over the top.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2002

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lolapurrfect's picture
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Delicious, I forgot to roll the pork in flour so I added cornflour at the end to thicken it a bit. I also served this with couscous as children prefer this- went very well.

sansfoodfile's picture
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I wanted to cook this but could not find verjuice locally. I used maderia wine instead, not because it is similar but because I like it. I was very pleased with the result. we had half one day and the rest two days later, it improved, as casseroles do by being chilled and reheated. The parsley and lemon garnish is a must to add colour to the finished dish.

latchfordian's picture

Maggie Beer produces great verjuice and is avaliabel from Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, John Lewis food halls and good independant retailers

jaysonhunter's picture

A new Verjuice will soon be in the UK. Please visit www.verjuice.co.uk for more information.

anniewrose's picture

can anyone tell me where to buy Verjuice/Verjus .... any supermarkets stock it ?

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