Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder Casserole – Eat Healthy for Less
Time: 7 hrs 15 mins
£1.13 per serving
Cosy up on cold nights with our comforting slow cooker pork casserole. Serve the casserole with dumplings and for a sweet addition, add chopped apples in the final hour of cooking. A delicious and comforting meal for £1.13 per serving. Let us know if you have a go at this dish and tag us in a picture on Facebook and Instagram.
Nutritional Information: Calories 697kcals; Carbohydrates 43g; Total Fat 37g; Saturated Fat 15g; Protein 45g; Fibre 6g; Sugar 10.3g; Salt 2.1g.
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 4 pork shoulder steaks, cut into large chunks
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 leek, chopped
- 1 carrot, chopped
- Bundle of woody herbs – 2 bay leaves, 3 sage leaves, 4 thyme sprigs
- 1 chicken stock cube
- 1 tbsp cider vinegar
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 2 tsp cornflour
- 1 tbsp honey
- 150g self-raising flour
- 70g butter
Heat your slow cooker. Drizzle the oil in a wide frying pan over high heat. Season the pork, then add to the hot pan. Avoid overcrowding the meat – you may want to do this in batches. Cook until deep brown all over, then transfer to the slow cooker. Add the onion and leeks to the frying pan and cook for a few mins, until they soften. Add a splash of water and scrape any tasty bits from the bottom, then tip everything into the slow cooker. Add the carrot, herbs, stock cube, mustard and vinegar, season, then add enough water to just cover the ingredients. Stir, then set your slow cooker on low for 7 hrs, or high for 5 hrs.
Whilst your casserole is cooking, make the dumplings. Add the flour into a bowl and add ½ tsp salt. Stir through the butter. Make a well in the centre and add 3 tbsp cold water, mix to a dough, adding more water until the dough is firm but pliable. Divide into eight equal pieces and roll in a little more flour into balls. Chill until needed.
In a saucepan, mix the cornflour and honey with 1-2 tsp of liquid from the slow cooker, until you have a smooth paste. Add 100ml more liquid, bring to a simmer until thickened, then stir back into the casserole.
When the casserole has about 30 mins to go, arrange the dumplings on top and cover with the lid. Cook the casserole and dumplings for 20 mins, then remove the lid and cook for another 10 mins until they’re brown and puffed up. Serve.