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Spiced Pork Potpie

Chock-full of cranberries, apple, sweet potatoes, cinnamon and cloves, this scrumptious meat pie smells just like autumn as it bakes! The original recipe called for a pastry crust, but I prefer the fuss-free batter crust on top. —Kay Krause Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (1-1/2 pounds), cubed
  • 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 2 cups apple cider or juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup chopped peeled tart apple
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pitted dried plums (prunes), chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (15 ounces) sweet potatoes, drained and cubed
  • CRUST:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted


  • In a Dutch oven, cook pork in 2 tablespoons butter until no longer pink. Add the cider and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Stir in the fruit and seasoning; simmer 10 minutes longer.
  • Melt remaining butter; stir in flour until smooth. Slowly add to meat mixture. Bring to a boil; cook for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Discard cloves. Stir in sweet potatoes. Pour into a greased 3-qt. baking dish.
  • For crust, combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Combine the milk and butter; stir into dry ingredients until smooth. Spread over filling. Bake at 400° for 28-32 minutes or until crust is browned.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 857 calories, 46g fat (24g saturated fat), 215mg cholesterol, 777mg sodium, 70g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 5g fiber), 42g protein.

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  • tinkerstudent
    Oct 14, 2012

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  • keverwann
    Oct 22, 2010

    Oh, put the cranberries in with the cooked veggie mixture.

  • keverwann
    Oct 22, 2010

    We enjoyed this, but I altered the recipe significantly and made it less fattening:Ingredients:0.6 pounds ground pork3 Tbsp butter3 cups water1 tart apple, chopped1/2 cup dried cranberries1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon1 tsp ground ginger2 dashes ground cloves6 Tbsp AP flour3 small/med sweet potatoes, peeled and diced1 large red potatoDid not alter crust, but should have made 1.5 times (all ingredients except the butter) the amount called for in the original recipe.Directions:Combine apple, sweet potatoes, red potato, and 2 cups water in a deep skillet. Let sit for 2 hours. Then, bring to boil and simmer for 15 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are almost tender. Dump the solids (reserve the juice) into a 9x13 pan and stick that in a 400 degree oven.In same skillet, combine ground pork and seasonings; cook until brown. Add flour and stir until coated. Add 3 Tbsp butter and stir until melted and combined. Add the reserved juices and the extra cup of water (or more if you like) and stir until gravy-like consistency. Dump that into the 9x13 pan and stir mixtures together and return to oven.In same skillet, melt butter for crust. In a medium bowl, combine crust dry ingredients; add butter and stir until homogeneous. Then add the milk 1/4 cup at a time, stirring between additions until homogeneous. Spread crust on mixture in the 9x13 pan and return to oven for 20 minutes.This was good, but it needed more crust (as mentioned above) and didn't need all the meat or butter in the filling.

  • michalia
    Feb 15, 2010

    My husband could not stop telling me how much he enjoyed this dish and he has requested it several times. I will be preparing this again soon!