Slow Cooker Pork Cheeks with Roasted Garlic Mash and Buttered Cabbage, Lay The Table
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Slow Cooker Pork Cheeks with Roasted Garlic Mash and Buttered Cabbage

Slow Cooker Pork Cheeks with Roasted Garlic Mash and Buttered Cabbage, Lay The Table

Pigs cheeks are a chefs favourite, but which are much overlooked by the general public. In their untrimmed state, they are just slabs of fat which hide burgundy-coloured jewels of meat beneath.

You wont find them in supermarkets so have a word with your butcher: mine had to order tthem in especially for me.

I cannot do justice to this dish better than my foodie dad friends, Simon, who texted me the following after I treated him to a couple of these stunning nuggets of porkiness.

Absolutely awesome. Blown away. Certainly one of those incredible food experiences. The smell of the aniseed/wine/darkly intense toasted gamey meat is intoxicating. The texture took me back to Gordon Ramsays shredded shin beef: soft and buttery, but with enough structure to give bite and chew then melt. A sensory odyssey. Wow!

If you like these, you could try my Pulled Pigs Cheeks in Buns

Serves 4

6 pig cheeks, trimmed by your butcher (dont try this at home it needs an experts knowledge)
1 tbsp plain flour
1 tbsp sunflower oil
500ml good quality white wine
500ml  chicken stock
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp aniseeds
2 small dried red chillies

Slow Cooker Pork Cheeks with Roasted Garlic Mash and Buttered Cabbage, Lay The Table

1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Dust the cheeks in the flour and then brown them all over in the pan.

Slow Cooker Pork Cheeks with Roasted Garlic Mash and Buttered Cabbage, Lay The Table

2. Put the rest of the ingredients into a slow cooker, then gently place the browned pigs cheeks into the liquid.

3. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours. If using a casserole, cook at 160C/Gas 3 for 3-4 hours. When the cheeks are meltingly tender, remove from the liquid and transfer to tin foil. Drain the liquid through a sieve and reserve. This will be the base of a fantastically aromatic gravy.

4. Forty five minutes before youre ready to serve, preheat the over to 180C/Gas 4 and cook the cheeks for 30-40 mins, until hot.

Slow Cooker Pork Cheeks with Roasted Garlic Mash and Buttered Cabbage, Lay The Table
Slow Cooker Pork Cheeks with Roasted Garlic Mash and Buttered Cabbage, Lay The Table

5. Serve with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, buttered cabbage, apple sauce and gravy made from the reduced stock.

Slow Cooker Pork Cheeks with Roasted Garlic Mash and Buttered Cabbage, Lay The Table
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