Other Half does not like his pork cooked in cider, I found that out last time I cooked it and added a sliced apple to the pot too much to his distaste, he’s a meat man and likes to keep his sweet and savoury separate. So when Oldest Son was over last week and telling me about his delicious sounding lamb shanks cooked in beer he gave me an idea.
I had some pork and decided to give it a go, I’m happy to say the dish was a great success and I served dumplings to finish it off. If you’ve searched slow cooker recipes pork you’re in the right place.
Pork in beer with dumplings
Ingredients – serves 4Seasoned flour to toss the pork cubes in (flour + salt, pepper, chilli, mustard, dried herbs) 1 kg pork buy the cheap steaks and cut into pieces 1 onion 1 clove of garlic a few carrots, a leek A can of beer 500 ml stock – I used 1 frozen beef gravy cube (Aunt Bessie’s) and added water 1 packet of dumpling mix
Put your plain flour in a bowl and season to how you like it, add or take away from the flavours I mention above it won’t hurt to try new ideas as this only coats the meat
Fry the meat off gently in a little oil, seal the meat on all sides and add to the slow cooker set on low
In the same pan add more oil and fry off the onion, leek and garlic, until soft and golden, add to the pan.
Whilst the onion is softening, peel your carrots and chop them into bite size pieces.
Open the can of beer and pour it over the meat mixture, I kept a bit back from the can and had to drink it!
Add the stock, you can use chicken or beef. I used one of Aunt Bessie’s frozen gravy cubes straight from the freezer and added hot water to it.
Stir and cook on low for 6 – 7 hours. Go give a stir every now and again but this is not essential.
About 20 minutes before serving make up your dumpling mix and cut into 8 dumplings, don’t be fooled by the tiny size as they will grow BIG. You can make your own dumplings and many recipes can be found on the net but the packet mixes work just perfectly for me saving time and the final product is delicious ;)
I served our stew with broccoli and it was a hit with my hungry family.