Fresh and fruity, this casserole comes from northwestern France, where cider apples grow in profusion. A dish of rice is cooked in the oven at the same time, making this a very simple meal to prepare. Serve with generous helpings of green vegetables, such as French beans or mange-tout.
Replace the pork with cubes of lean chuck steak and increase the cooking time in the oven to about 2 hours. * Add 1 chopped garlic clove and 1 tsp chopped fresh root ginger to the onion and use orange juice instead of the cider or apple juice. Replace the apple slices with the segments of 2 oranges, adding them 10 minutes before the end of the cooking time. Garnish the casserole with shreds of orange zest. Cook the rice in a mixture of orange juice and vegetable stock.
Some studies indicate that a small quantity of walnuts eaten regularly can help to reduce high blood cholesterol levels. Walnuts may also guard against cardiovascular disease and cancer because of the antioxidants they contain – selenium, zinc, copper and vitamin E. * Apples and apple juice provide good amounts of potassium. Along with sodium, potassium is an important mineral for maintaining fluid balance, regulating blood pressure and keeping a healthy heart.
B1, B6, B12, niacin, copper, zinc * B2, C, potassium * iron
Something else. I added cream just before serving, to thicken the sauce a little - 13 May 2011
It was delicious. I served it with mixed brown rice, lentils and sundried tomatoes plus garlicky French beans tossed in olive oil. - 13 May 2011
Used different ingredients. We used loin chops (as they were on special offer in the supermarket!) and they worked just as well, and didn't dry out. - 14 Oct 2009