Slow-cooked pork & red cabbage

Slow-cooked pork & red cabbage

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(18 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 2 hrs - 2 hrs, 15 mins

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Serves 6
A wonderfully seasonal dish for Christmas entertaining - serve with a big of mashed potato and a seasonal salad

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal770
  • fat48g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs33g
  • sugars21g
  • fibre7g
  • protein49g
  • salt0.48g
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  • 1½ kg/3lb 5oz pork shoulder



    One of the most versatile types of meat, pork is economical, tender if cooked correctly, and…

  • 1 rounded tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp thyme leaves
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
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    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 onions, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1½ kg red cabbage, finely shredded



    The cabbage, or brassica, family is huge, and includes everything from the familiar red, white…

  • 2 apples, peeled, cored and cut into eighths



    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…

  • 425ml red wine
  • 200g pack vacuum-packed chestnuts



    'Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...' that kitsch old Nat King Cole song perfectly…

  • 2 tbsp cranberry or redcurrant jelly


    A tart, ruby-red coloured berry which grows wild on shrubs throughout northern Europe and North…


  1. Heat oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Cut the pork into thick slices, about 3cm thick. Coarsely crush the peppercorns and sprinkle over the pork along with the thyme and some salt and pepper.

  2. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large flameproof casserole, then add the onions and fry until lightly browned. Add the cabbage and stir well, then add the apples and wine and cook until the cabbage starts to soften. Finally, add the chestnuts, 1 tbsp of the jelly, salt and pepper, and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 5 mins.

  3. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a frying pan, add the pork and fry on both sides until browned, then stir in the remaining tbsp of the jelly. Cook for a few mins until the pork is deeply browned and glistening. Arrange the pork over the cabbage. Pour a little boiling water into the frying pan, stir well to lift up all the pan juices, then pour over the pork.

  4. Cover the pan tightly, then cook in the oven for 1¼-1½ hrs until the pork is very tender.

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Comments (28)

quantumjo's picture

This was delicious.

Used a red wine stock pot and no chestnuts and turned out fine. I also cooked it in my slow cooker which means I should have used less wine - so I'll adjust that next time.

Ended up with some leftover red cabbage which I've frozen to use as a side dish later on but if you didn't want that then half a cabbage would be plenty. Will definitely be making again.

lms2002's picture

Really easy and tasty. I chewed and made it even easier by using a pack of ready made red cabbage & apple mix

Olivoyl's picture

This went down very well with my family who all had seconds even though some of them claim not to like red cabbage! I left the chestnuts out as it's not Christmas yet, but will include them next time I make it as I think it will make it more special. Any suggestions for good accompaniments? Mash and broccoli was a bit boring.

jay1wright's picture

Great flavours, use eating apples not cooking apples as they mush up during cooking. I opted for half the amount of cabbage which was more than enough, a simple red cheap wine, and no chestnuts as I could not get any. However it still tasted absolutely amazing and is still in the running for the upcoming festive period. Served with butter roasted potatoes, carrots, and broccoli. Give it a go it's well worth it.

suekeating's picture

Come autumn and it's time to cook this again. Delicious. Also freezes really well so we can enjoy it again through the week.

petecuk's picture

I slightly varied the recipe as pork shoulder was sold out and I had some spare veg. I used a rolled pork belly, sealed it whole in the plan for about 10 mins to hold the shape, then thickly sliced it and fried the slices as per the recipe. I also added mushroom and chopped carrot to the onions and cabbage. It was delicious!

nmcdonnell's picture

Delicious - the meat was so sweet and tender as a result of having cooked in the wine and red cabbage.

angela67's picture

I was really disappointed with this recipe. I found the pork/cabbage ratio totally off. I had way too much cabbage left after all the pork had been eaten. I had to add some chicken stock too as there wasn't much liquid for the cabbage and pork to cook in. Maybe I just had the wrong size and shape pot to cook it in. Don't think I'll be cooking this one again.

teresahall's picture

Sorry folk, this just convinced me red cabbage is for pickling only...

rbmeals's picture

I love this recipe and I have made it serveral times even for guests. The key thing I found was finding good quality shoulder of pork.

Siobhan218's picture

Perhaps I missed something here but I found this lacked flavour.

marylucia's picture

Ruth, I wonder if your pan was too small? If so the cabbage might not be able to cook down in the liquid as it should. The apples need to be peeled as the skins can be tough, but if you use a good eating apple such as cox it should not break up too much. Do have another go if you can bear it!

vivienspiteri's picture

Ruth, did you use eating apples? if you had used bramleys it would go to mush.

joannam's picture

Great dish and really easy, especially for a supper with friends as you don't spend all night in the kitchen. I was left with a portion of the red cabbage which i've frozen and can use as a side dish with something else - brilliant!

potteringdougal2005's picture

I don't get it. Knowing that cabbage is rather bulky I only used a small one 550kg. I have ended up with loads of red cabbage: it has not cooked down as much as I thought it would. On the other hand however, having followed the cooking instructions my apples have gone to mulch and I am left with only the peel to show that there were any in the pot. Looks nothing like the picture. Taste is ok, sans plus. Must be me....

suejay74's picture

I made this last weekend as we had friends comming over for dinner, I decided to cook it in my slow cooker so I would have time to prepare my other stuff, it turned out wonderful, a great succuss, I would definately cook it again.

tuffit's picture

I just used thick sliced pork chops, and it was great!

ethanandabby's picture

I used a jar of red cabbage,as I couldn't get fresh red cabbage.

This is an absolutely delicious recipe , enjoyed by everyone who

has tasted it.

minoumouse2's picture

I cooked this as a low hassle, no last minute panic dish for New Year's Day. I used pork fillet instead of shoulder, which worked just fine - very tender and tasty. Certainly a dish to cook again. I served Boulangere potatoes, broccoli and roast fennel with it.


Questions (2)

Charlsims's picture

The title says 'slow cooked'. But no where in the method does it mention putting in a slow cooker. I take it the title is wrong?

goodfoodteam's picture

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