Thursday 4 April 2013

Pork, leek & apple casserole

Pork, leek & apple casserole in the slow cooker
Everything has a perfect combination and with pork it has to be leeks or apple or indeed an amalgamation of all of them. The best herb? Of course it's sage. So gather together these ingredients, throw them in the slow cooker and in a couple of hours you'll have a delicious and warming dinner with minimum effort.

As ever this is one of my family thrifty meals. I used diced pork shoulder which I found reduced and here's the maths for the other ingredients. I haven't included the sage as it's part of my stock cupboard ingredients and I can't remember how much I paid for it. Also, life is too short to be weighing out dried herbs. 

Pork £1.29, carrots 9p (200g at 65p for 1.5kg, Sainsbury's), leeks 50p (2 out of a 4 pack at £1, Sainsbury's), apple juice carton 28p (1 out of 6 for £1.69, Sainsbury's), Oxo stock cube 4p (1 out of 24 for £1, Poundland), apple 17p (1 out of 6 for £1, Sainsbury's). Total: £2.37 or 59p per portion for 4.

With the above thrift notes I will be putting this forward to this month's Credit Crunch Munch which is a monthly challenge hosted by Camilla at Fab Food 4 All and Helen at Fuss Free Flavours.

Credit Crunch Munch
Serves 4


Approximately 450g pork shoulder, diced or 8 pork cheeks or 4 pork loin chops
4 Carrots, chopped
2 Leeks, chopped
200ml Apple juice or 1 individual carton
300ml Chicken stock
1 tsp Dried sage
Salt & pepper to taste
1 Apple (any will do – whatever is lurking in your fruit bowl)

To serve: your choice of potatoes or rice


1. Pre-heat the slow cooker to high while preparing the vegetables and measuring out the juice and stock.
2. Add all the ingredients except the apple to the slow cooker.

3. Cook on High for 4-6 hours or Low for 6-8 hours.
4. Before preparing the potatoes or rice cut the apple into wedges and add to the mixture.
5. If you think the liquor needs thickening add 1tbsp (15ml) cornflour to 1tbsp (15ml) water and pour into the casserole.
6. Serve when the potatoes or rice are ready.


  1. This sounds like yummy comfort food and definitely a recipe I will be trying as I've only put beef in my slow cooker to date! Thank you for entering this fab meal into Credit Crunch Munch:-)

  2. That really sounds like an intriguing combination with the apple in it. As a kid I hated those soups with big chunck of leeks in them, but things have changed and I really appreciate some leeks.
    Well done with that calculation to show the price per portion.


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