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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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  • Rebecca1492
    Mar 10, 2019

    This is time consuming to make. And yet...I continue to make it every fall and through the winter. The entire family loves this warm, comforting dish. This is one I will be passing down to my children in my special recipe book.

  • Sandy
    Nov 9, 2017

    Yummy!!!

  • Gilberto
    Nov 9, 2017

    Delisiosa

  • Karen
    Jul 30, 2017

    I made this exactly as the recipe was written, and thought it was amazing. It was a little difficult finding apple cider at this time of year, but I found some. I will definitely be making this again. There is nothing that I would change.

  • roseyacresfarm56
    Nov 7, 2016

    Turn out Great will be a winter dish, when the snow flies. makes a lot when having guest!!!

  • mom5
    Nov 2, 2014

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was wonderful, with a few changes. I added carrot coins, frozen corn, cauliflower, and french cut string beans, thawed slightly, and steamed for 60 seconds in the microwave. I also added a can of low-sodium golden mushroom soup. Will definitely make again.

  • LawP
    May 20, 2013

    The first time I made this I was transported to country dinners at the farm my Dad grew up on. I've used this recipe so many times over the years that the print and picture faded! Other than increasing the amount of mashed potatoes, I change nothing. Delicious!

  • angelasandoval
    Nov 21, 2012

    This was a little different and very good! The only change I made was to use 1 1/2 c. apple juice in place of the cider and water. Will be enjoying this again soon!

  • Jeaniewiththelightbrownhair
    Oct 13, 2011

    We LOVE this!  I discovered it a few years ago and it has become a Family Fave! I make it several times a year and it is nothing short of fantastic! It's not fast food by any stretch.... start it early and just enjoy the process...and double the mashed potatoes.

  • krazeechristine
    May 3, 2011

    AWESOME!! You need to try this!