Inexpensive pork shoulder becomes meltingly tender after a low-and-slow braise in an elixir of dry cider and broth in this stew that's inspired by the pot roasts from the Basque region of Spain that marry pork, apples, and hard cider. This stew will bring the magic of fall right to your home kitchen.

Martha Stewart Living, October 2021


Credit: Christopher Testani

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30 mins
2 hrs 30 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Season pork with salt and pepper. Melt butter in an ovenproof braiser pan, large straight-sided skillet, or wide, shallow pot over medium-high heat. When foam subsides, add pork and cook, turning a few times, until browned all over, 10 to 12 minutes (do not crowd pan; brown in two batches if necessary). Transfer to a plate.

  • Add bacon and shallots to pan; reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring a few times, until bacon renders its fat and shallots turn golden brown in places, 6 to 8 minutes. Return pork and any accumulated juices to pan. Sprinkle evenly with flour, stir, and cook 1 minute. Add bay leaf and cider; boil 1 minute. Add broth and return to a boil.

  • Cover and transfer to oven; braise 45 minutes. Stir in carrots and celery, cover, and return to oven until pork is fork-tender and carrots are tender but still holding their shape, 1 hour to 1 hour, 15 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaf. Stir in crème fraîche and Dijon. Top with herbs; serve with more crème fraîche and Dijon.

Cook's Notes

For a shortcut, buy pork stew meat—usually a combination of pork shoulder and butt already cut into cubes—at the grocery store.