Christmas pork pot roast

    1 hour 45 min

    An easy one pot meal with all the flavours of Christmas. Pork shoulder is cooked to perfection with celeriac in a combination of stock and dry cider, then finished with cream.


    Hampshire, England, UK
    4 people made this

    Serves: 4 

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 knob butter
    • 1 rolled shoulder pork joint
    • 2 small onions or 4 shallots, chopped
    • 1 to 2 sprigs fresh thyme
    • 4 to 5 juniper berries, or to taste
    • 1 to 3 whole cloves, or to taste
    • 1 Granny Smith apple - peeled, cored and cut into 8 pieces
    • 150ml (5 fl oz) chicken stock
    • 150ml (5 fl oz) dry cider
    • salt and freshly ground pepper
    • 1 small celeriac, peeled and cut into small cubes
    • 2 tablespoons plain flour
    • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
    • 150ml (5 fl oz) double cream

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr30min  ›  Ready in:1hr45min 

    1. Add about 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a good sized knob of butter to a hot, thick bottomed saucepan large enough to fit your joint with ample space around it. Brown the pork on all sides and get a nice caramel colour to it. Remove from the pan and reserve.
    2. Soften the onions or shallots in the same pan. Add thyme, juniper berries, cloves, apple, chicken stock, dry cider and the pork; season to taste. Simmer, covered, for about 30 minutes.
    3. Add the prepared celariac and cook, covered, for another 40 minutes. If you need more fluid at this stage add another glug of cider.
    4. Make a beurre manie by mashing plain flour together with some butter at room temperature. Mix until it is a moist pale yellow paste.
    5. Remove the pork and keep warm. Remove the berries, cloves and thyme and whisk in the beurre manié bit by bit until it has all been incorporated into the simmering liquid. Check seasoning. Stir continuously for about 2 minutes then add the cream and bring to the boil.
    6. Slice the pork and arrange on an oval plate and spoon over the sauce. Garnish with fresh thyme and serve with roast or mashed potato and green veg.


    You can also make this without the berries and cloves. Try experimenting with different flavours like chilli and paprika or just on its own with parsley.

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