[VIDEO] Ridiculously easy pork and leek stew

Welcome to the latest of the videos I have been doing for Netmums. I must say, this is one of my favourite things to cook at home as it has everything you’d want from a home-cooked dish. It’s simple. foolproof, effortless and always gets scoffed down by the kids. The meat is tender and the balance of flavours is just lovely – they don’t even notice the big dollop of mustard in the dish! It is not too creamy, there is no alcohol left after the cooking and none of the flavours are too strong. Just a lovely, simple, child-friendly dish, perfect for these cold, early Spring days… A chef friend of mine, Hendrick Dutson from the lovely Crown pub in Henlow first made this dish for me. And this is an adaptation of his recipe…

Preparation time 5 minutes

Total cooking time 2 1/4 hours

Serves 4

Preheat your oven to 170ºC/ 325ºC/ Gas Mark 3

500-600g diced shoulder of pork
2 leeks, finely sliced
1 onion, finely chopped
5 rashers of smoked streaky bacon, cut into small cubes
350ml cider
350ml chicken stock or water
Fresh chopped thyme, or dried
1 tsp wholegrain mustard
2 dollops half-fat crème fraîche
Salt and pepper to taste

  • In an oven proof pan (with a lid), fry the bacon on a medium heat with a drizzle of oil until it is cooked and a little crispy. Remove it from the pan and set it aside in a bowl.
  • Turn the heat up and add the pork. Cook it until it is sealed on all sides and starting to go brown.
  • Add in the onion and cook for a further couple of minutes then throw in the leek and cook for a further few minutes, until the leeks and onions have started to soften.
  • Chuck the bacon back in, plus the thyme. Pour over the cider and stock or water.
  • Cover the dish, put it in the oven and leave to cook for two hours.
  • When it is ready to serve, stir through the cream and the mustard and serve with mashed potatoes.

 

4 Responses to “[VIDEO] Ridiculously easy pork and leek stew”

  1. Anna says:

    We don't tend to cook with cider, mustard or crème fraîche but it sounds delicious and I will give it a go this weekend.

    • mydaddycooks says:

      funnily enough neither do we! But somehow the flavours just really work. Let me know how it goes ;) x

  2. Sarah says:

    Sounds delicious! I'd like to make this for my kids and their friends, but one of the kiddies is dairy allergic. Can you suggest anything that I could substitute for the creme fraiche, or could I leave it out altogether?
    Thanks!

    • mydaddycooks says:

      Hi Sarah, we used to have the same problem with Archie when he was dairy allergic. I would recommend serving it without the mustard and cream for the dairy allergic little one, it will still be delicious and soft and then stirring the cream and mustard in separately for whoever wants it. It will be tasty both ways, I promise you! Let me know how you get on… x

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