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Farmhouse Pork and Apple Pie

I've always loved pork and apples together, and this recipe combines them nicely to create a comforting main dish. It calls for a bit of preparation, but my family and I agree the wonderful flavor is well worth the effort. —Suzanne Strocsher, Bothell, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 70 min. Bake: 2 hours
  • Makes
    10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound sliced bacon, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 3 pounds boneless pork, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Canola oil, optional
  • 3 medium tart apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • Additional salt and pepper to taste
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional

Directions

  • In a large cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Discard all but 2 tablespoons drippings. Increase heat to medium-high. Add onions to drippings; cook until tender, 5-7 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain. Reduce heat to medium.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Toss pork with flour. Working in batches, brown pork in drippings, adding oil if needed. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain. Remove skillet from heat; discard drippings. Return pork to skillet. Add bacon, onions, apples, sage, salt, nutmeg, and pepper. Stir in cider and water.
  • Bake, covered, until pork is tender, about 2 hours. Meanwhile, place potatoes in a large saucepan; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, until tender, 10-15 minutes.
  • Preheat broiler. Drain potatoes. Mash, gradually adding 3 tablespoons butter, enough milk to reach desired consistency and salt and pepper. Spread potatoes over pork mixture. Melt remaining butter; brush over potatoes. Broil 6 in. from heat until topping is browned, about 5 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with parsley.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 467 calories, 22g fat (9g saturated fat), 110mg cholesterol, 603mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 3g fiber), 36g protein.

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